There is a certain aspect to end-game raiding that a lot of people don't really think much about... it's something that can really bring out those who are dedicated from those who are just along for the ride. Back in the AQ40 days it exsisted and even in Naxx, somewhat... now with Mother Sharaz, you see it again.
For Mother every single raid members needs epic crafted shadow resist gear... at least for learning. It's quite possible that some could do it without everyone in full gear, but that's another story. My point is... it takes dedication to farm the materials needed to craft the gear. One of the items required in order to make the gear is called a Heart of Darkness. These things only drop from within Black Temple, off of trash beyond Najentus (and not usually very often, I might add). Every single raider needs like... 8 I think it was, for their whole set. Now on some servers I'm sure there are multiple guilds in BT... therefore the economy may include things such as Hearts of Darkness... but for us, it's taken a lot of dedication and outside effort to help get a solid group of 25-30 people their Shadow Resist set crafted. On nights where we've cleared everything up to Mother, we've spent the night clearing trash to her and then resetting it... just so we could gather hearts for gear. Meanwhile it was expected of each raider to do their part and farm the other mats needed... such as Primal Shadows.
This is where my original point can be made now... with something like this it takes a lot of dedication by the core raid group to stick together and get things done for one another. If we want to down this boss, we all need to be on the same page. There are times when you can carry a few slow members through an encounter... but this isn't one of those moments. Every single person has to have that gear and have it enchanted. Every person needs to do their part to assure they have the most hp possible in order to ease healing and lower their risk of dying to something simple... like falling damage and a hit of something else just before. It's a fight like this in which you can figure out really quickly who your actual motivated raiders are. You hope that everyone is... but it shows through who isn't in a lot of ways really quickly here.
So... for those of you out there who haven't had this kind of challange in WoW yet, just know that they do exist, and sometimes they bring a little drama with them. Either people don't want to put their effort forth on their own, or people just give up and leave for one reason or another. Regardless... sometimes raiding can require a little extra effort, but when we got Mother to ~50% the other night with people fresh into their gear and unflasked... it all made it worth it. It felt amazing to see something go smoothly that could so easily go wrong if people weren't prepared.
All in all, it takes some time to farm the shit needed for the gear - but at least the fight is hella funny, although frustrating in it's randomness. She hits like a BEAST, by the way. Oh, and it's awesome when I can wear my resist set and be fully buffed... and have 13,000hp. hahaha. These kinds of fights are what this game is about. It's a gimmick fight, but very much fun when she doesn't throw someone into the raid with the debuff. >.> It's frustrating as a magic user, because she throws up a resist shield that can screw anyone over at any time.. BUT... that's part of the fun. Viscidus was fun for the same reasons... it was different and every person had to do their part to be a part of it. FROST WAND!!!! Lol... good times. :)