So when I originally read this I kind of thought you were being a little hard. But I had never done the fight, didn't see any videos or read any strat on it and from what little you explained it I had no idea what you were talking about. As such I kept my mouth shut.
Last night we tried this boss for the first time, and being a low pop server, our raid group is the first for our faction to do so, even on 10N. We weren't really prepared for it since we only watched about 2 minutes worth of a video on it but gave it a go. Still unsure of what was going to happen it took us 5 tries to figure out a rotation to stack the buff and keep the tanks alive.
All in all, this is probably the easiest fight thus far. But being unprepared for it and not having good raid frames would have seriously hindered at least my ability to observer enough to figure out what was going on so I can see where Holycow may have been at a loss.