Strategy and Tactics!

Often I hear people get confused on Strategy Versus Tactics. Here is how they appear in a dictionary: (per dictionary.com)

Strategy (noun) 1. the science and art of combining and employing means of war in planning and directing large military movements and operations 2. the use of an instance of using this science or art 3. skillful use of a stratagem 4. a plan, method, or series of maneuvers or stratagem for obtaining a specific goal or result

Tactic (noun) 1. Tactics (dictionary.com redundancy?) 2. a system or detail of tactics 3. a plan, procedure, or expedient for promoting a desired end or result

Now to put it in terms that are easier to understand. Firefighters often talk about strategy and tactics when dealing with a fire. Strategy is the goal, tactics are how you get to the goal. A good example is a structure fire, we can employ offensive strategy or defensive strategy, the end result is the same (extinguishment of the fire) but the tactics used are different. In an offensive strategy we are going into the building to fight the fire, trying to limit damage to the maximum extent possible. This strategy requires a lot of firefighters and a lot of energy. The tactics that are involved in this strategy involve cutting holes in the walls, floors, and ceilings. It involves tactics of using small hand lines in the building, crawling low, two man teams. Defensive strategy is where we try to keep the fire in the particular building or portion of the building. The tactics involved include the use of large hose lines and lots of water, but very few people. Hose lines are used to protect structures other than the primary location or building on fire. To put this in easy terms: Offensive strategy is aggressive, dangerous firefighting; Defensive strategy is conservative, safe firefighting. I get paid to do both and the strategy and tactics used are subject to the decision of the ranking officer on scene. To be honest I prefer the offensive strategy because it protects people from loss of life and loss of property, to be honest I choose to fight fire the hard way and I believe most firefighters do.

The harder strategy has more risks but provides more room for mistakes, you can always back out and move to a defensive strategy, but you can’t move in if you let it burn.

Now in-game terms: the harder strategy takes more focus, takes more energy, but can be done with smaller dps numbers. You can brute force your way through Professor Putricide by tanking him in one corner and blasting away, but you better have large hoses. (huge dps numbers) You can also follow a back and forth positioning strategy and use smaller dps numbers, but when stuff falls apart you can always take him to the corner if you have the big hoses available. The back and forth strategy of course has better success, because it doesn’t ignore mechanics. This makes the back and forth strategy better for the beginning group. The cornering strategy is quicker, requires less focus. This makes the cornering strategy better for people who are climbing the hill to get to the Lich King. The goal is still the same but the strategies rely on different resources and different tactics.

Recently my raid group was stuck on the Lich King, we were using a strategy given to us by a former guild member who got it from his former team. We kept running into the same point in stage two of the fight. (to be honest it was the same point  The Insiders kept getting to) I spent one day on the web researching the fight and noticed a few things, and developed tactics to go with the strategy we had. We then consistently got to phase three but just not with enough guns to finish the fight. I am sure that we will finish this and am proud of my raid team for both understanding my adjustment to the tactics we were employing and to the execution of those tactics. I am sure we will achieve our goal. If you get stuck, take time to watch the fight from many different points of view, observe the fight, and find ways to simplify things if you can.

In the end: Don’t be afraid to find different ways to skin a cat!

Until next time,

Don’t stand in the fire.

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~ by firemantony on November 16, 2010.

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