HEROES RAID PREPARATION
Tier I Raids require level 80 blue gear as a minumum. Heroes guild leaders will be happy to help you acquire the gear. Mobs and Boss will drop Epic Equipment in the raids. After acquiring mostly Tier I gear at Kylikki, Yak, and Vistrix, then move on to Tier II raids.
Tier II Raids require a minimum of mostly Tier I gear. Attend Black Ring Citidel W1 raids until you have all epic gear with several Tier II pieces, then move on to W2 and W3. When you have all Tier II gear, then you may attend Tier III Raids.
Tier III Raids, Thoth-Amon's Stronghold require all Tier II gear
Tier I Epic Gear comes from Tier I Raids.
Tier II Epic Gear comes from Tier II Raids.
Tier III Epic Gear comes from Tier III Raids
The type of equipment you have on effects many of your stats.
Epic Equipment is CLASS Specific.
Only members of a certain class can use Raid gear designated for that class.
Given the uniqueness of the challenges inherent in Raiding, Guild Members who plan on participating in Raids MUST:
 Log into Ventrillo Chat,
 Follow Directions and Plans of Attack,
 Follow Looting Rules,
 Use the proper gear Raiding,
 Properly Spec for Raiding.
Raiding requires players to play their classes according to the roles associated with those classes. The primary roles for Raid members are:
 Support DPS
Successful Raiding requires proper coordination and execution of the players within these roles.
Tanks have to tank and hold aggro.
Healers have to heal and keep the tanks up.
Support DPS has to deal damage without taking the aggro from the Tanks.
The primary skill for effective raiding is in Aggro Management. Crowd Control in raiding has less to do with stuns, roots, and knock backs and more to do with Aggro Management abilities. It is important that Raid members spec into and learn to properly execute these abilities.
There are certain abilities that are useless in Raid environments that are useful for the above. For example, abilities that Hinder or Knockback or Stun enemies do not work on raid mobs and are useless in Raids.
Many Raid bosses amage mitigation from Support DPS than normal grouping, and often the focus for Support DPS is to manage hate generation, not control mobs.
Every class has abilities in the General Tree, mostly ignored by players who never raid, that are essential to making a raid run smoothly and efficiently. For the Healers and Casters there are definitely abilities in those trees that are critical to successful healing and DPSing. ALL the abilities that help you mitigate your hate generation for Raiding are to be considered ESSENTIAL to your Raid build, and feat out from there.