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From Raid Leader to Raider

I’ve been a raid leader for a long time. Actually, since The Burning Crusade, when I still played Alliance, up through the first two weeks of Firelands in Cataclysm when I finally cancelled my subscription to World of Warcraft. And now, playing Rift, I’m in a raider position. It’s a good change for me, but I imagine that I’m always going to have a sort of “back seat raid leader” type attitude. Not completely, not in the way of, “Well, you need to do it this way,” but in the manner of seeing things that are going on and seeing how they might be fixed. But I definitely don’t miss raid leading. But I know that I need to contribute with the raid and help us get bosses down, and keep going. If no one says it, points out the problems, they don’t get fixed. And that’s one incredibly valuable piece of experience I can bring from having been a raid leader – that people don’t speak up. Someone must needs take that step.

Raid Frames

But, as I said, I’ve led raids for quite some time. Almost three years straight, actually, with only a small break between Burning Crusade and Wrath, and for a bit during late Ulduar/early Trial of the Crusader in Wrath, anywhere from two to five nights in a standard raid week. That’s a lot of raids. A lot. So, when the time finally came that I was taking a break from WoW, I had some reasons for it – the primary being that I needed to remember how to be a raider instead of looking at it from the RL’s perspective all the time. I don’t think one can raid lead effectively without remembering what it’s like for those raiders, and what perspective they have.

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Incentivizing 25-Man Raiding

It’s no secret that I hate 25-man raiding. Actually, “hate” may not be strong enough a word. I absolutely cannot stand 25-man raiding. I loathe it with a passion. For me, from the standpoint of a raid leader, it’s a management headache. From the standpoint of an officer, it’s a nightmare. From the standpoint of a holy priest, it’s quite possibly one of the most boring things I can do. However, Blizzard has determined that in their continual efforts to try to get people to do less popular content, they are doing three things with Patch 4.2. First, they are lowering the cap of Valor Points. Secondly, they are giving fewer Valor Points overall for raid instances, and Tier 11 normal content will only provide Justice Points; hardmodes will still give Valor Points. Lastly, 25-man raiders will see an increased benefit of Valor Points from raids versus 10-man raiders.

Patch 4.2

While Cynwise’s Battlefield Manual discusses the changes to Conquest Points, it actually brought up a discussion on Twitter regarding the Valor Point cap. There’s a lot to be said regarding all of this, so I’m hoping I might be able to cover all the bases with it. I also hope that I’m not alone on the front of my opinion, but even if I am, then so be it. Still, it bears discussing that the Valor Point caps are extremely awkward when it comes to how Patch 4.2 is lining up in terms of gearing out your character (or alts).

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Insert Nerd Rage.

You know, there’s always that one person, or several people, that really just piss you off because they’re just plain not being considerate of others. And it sucks, too. Applying this to both WoW and real life is really, really annoying. Generally I try to be patient, or try to be understanding, or try to be the level-headed one. However, there’s only so far that this alone takes you. Sometimes, you really just need to vent. And so that’s pretty much what this post is about, instead of something I’d had lined up to be the next post I was going to make here. Because of that, though, I’m going to make this a short post.

I’m one of those people that tries to take a step back and look at a problem, think it over, before approaching it. When it comes to something or someone (or both, as the case may be) that’s just making me angry, I need time away from whatever is causing the issue. Thankfully, I was able to purchase Rift this weekend and have been having fun there, and taking a mini-break from WoW to try to clear my head a little. Then last night came around, and already I’m annoyed in anticipation of tonight, and the very distinct possibility that, once again, there may not be any progression raiding for my group. Or, if we do, it’ll be limited and somewhat rushed, due to our lack of enough players to fill in holes.

So, to all you raiders out there from raid leaders and officers and guild masters everywhere: If you’re going to sign up for the raid, SHOW THE FUCK UP. If you’re going to be absent from a raid on a consistent basis, LET US KNOW MORE THAN TEN MINUTES IN ADVANCE. If we’re working on a progression boss you don’t particularly like, TOO FUCKING BAD, TRUST ME, WE DISLIKE IT MORE FOR MORE REASONS THAN YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE.


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