A Better Perspective

My guild started working on Heroic Spine recently. At first I kinda liked it. Now I’m beginning to understand the levels of frustration and boredom that many people have expressed for this fight.

I was pretty excited about the concept of Spine of Deathwing when it was first announced. The idea of fighting on the back of a dragon seemed pretty cool. In practice however, it wasn’t that cool. The mechanics were okay (at least for the first couple normal kills until the fight became a faceroll and more time was spent standing around doing nothing than anything else). But the worst part was the environment. This is a fight that could have felt really epic. You’re fighting on a dragon’s back! It could have had a sense of movement, a sense of danger that you’d fall off and it could have looked really good. But instead, we get clumped up in a tiny area where most of the time I can’t even tell which way his head is.

This is what I see for most of the fight:

Spine of Deathwing - up close

Getting a close up of my priesty friends isn’t the worst thing in the world, but I don’t feel like I’m actively seeing or participating in a boss fight with this view.

What if I zoom out?

Spine of Deathwing - Zoom out
Those are some nice tentacles you’ve got there, Deathwing. But I still don’t know which way is up, down, front or back from this view.

Let’s try positioning the camera overhead…

Spine of Deathwing - Overhead view
Bleh. This is the worst view of all. 12 minutes of seeing this? No thank you.

Then, after 3 months of killing Spine, I finally found out the secret to making this fight look as epic as it should.

Spine of Deathwing
Much better! I can tell I’m in the air, I can tell that we’re moving and I can actually see Deathwing and appreciate how huge he is. He keeps looking back and he looks pissed that we’re hanging out on his back. Turns out, all I have to do to make this fight look good is fall off when he’s doing a barrel roll. I feel silly that it took me 3 months to figure this out.

Disclaimer: I am in no way condoning falling off the dragon…at least not if this is still a progression fight for you. :)

4 responses to “A Better Perspective

  1. Falling off of Spine is always a good idea.

  2. Jas I was in awe of that picture until you said how you got that shot… and then I burst out laughing. Great way to distract me from egg hunting :)
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