Firstly there were only 9 of us, so we were missing a support player or another damage, a DPS loss of probably 10-20%, so things could of gone down a LOT quicker. And that Falconer AE would do less damage per person.
Secondly 3? of those nine have only just got the required hit and so were undergeared in other areas (and I’m in mainly PVP gear ahem), so with a few drops they’ll be putting out 50-100% more DPS.
Thirdly we were learning boss mechanics. And that whirlpool / rings fella is just plain difficult unless well outgeared 😛