GB Learning Curve, for Pick Up Groups: A Quick Guide for New Players
For all those new players out there (and old hats like me, relearning the classic instances in the "new way") here is some old lessons that I re-learned while running the GB Cluster over the past 2 weeks...
Section 1: Preparation
1. Fellowship Diversity
This can't be stressed enough. Almost all instances are geared toward a diverse fellowship. While it's possible to pull of these instances with an imbalanced party, the level of difficulty is an order of magnitude higher without a balanced group.
You need: A Tank class, a DPS class, a Controler class, a Healer class, and a Support class. The 6th spot can generally be filled with whatever is available. (Just be aware how double tanking differs from double DPSing, for example)
Two case studies:
I ran GB: Maze with two Hunters, a Guardian, a Champion, a Minstrel, and Runekeeper. Since we didn't have any crowd control or other support - we wiped, over and over, until our gear and wallets and will to retry ran out.
The next day, I ran GB: The Maze with a Guardian, a Warden, a Runekeeper, a Loremaster, a Minstrel, and a Hunter. We wiped ONCE on a mis-pull for the caller, but the rest of it was cake. We went on to do Thadur without incident after replacing the Loremaster (for a Captain), who had to leave for dinner.
2. Choose the right difficulty
You simply must try instances at a level that you can succeed. If you have a diverse level range in your group (say level 21 - level 28) don't run the dungeon at level 25. Those who are "too low" will literally be no help at all (lots of misses, not enough morale/power, etc...)
Generally, unless you know everyone well and have succeeded before, run the instance no more than a couple levels higher than your lowest level participant. Otherwise you will find your lowbie simply isn't contributing to the fight, at all, essentially trying to run a 6-man instance with 5 people.
This first section covered how preparing for success is accomplished with a good fellowship mix and an appropriate difficulty setting. The next section will cover general strategy once you are in the crawl spaces of your particular instance
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