Archive for the ‘Raid Leading’ Category

To Journal or Not to Journal

The Dungeon Journal, hereafter known as the Encyclopedic Compendium of Baddie Abilities™ (well, at least to me), is one of the most recent issues of contention in the World of Warcraft community. There are the hardcore raiders getting world firsts that are saying that there’s some things that need to be changed about it, and that it’s an abysmal implementation. There are casual gamers arguing that there’s no reason it shouldn’t be there, and that the information shouldn’t be left alone for the top-end gamers to find out as they’re progressing through the encounters. But what about those of us that are kind of caught in the middle?

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I, for one, can understand both points of view. On the one hand, you have what the end-gamers are saying, and valuing the mystery of discovery and enjoyment of seeing a new encounter – blind or not. And I can definitely agree with this point of view. On the other hand, though, you have the casual gamers saying that the information shouldn’t be limited to the top-end raiders, and the larger playerbase shouldn’t have to wait for outside sources to learn what things do for when they get there. I can also understand this point of view.

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Downshifting from 25-man raiding.

One of the biggest topics of discussion with the coming expansion is the flexible lockouts, and with 10-man and 25-man raids sharing lockouts. Many guilds have to make this decision based on a large number of variables. Our guild has decided to go the route of 10-man raiding.

One of the biggest reasons behind this decision is just simply that it’s easier to get 10 people to do what needs to be done rather than 25 people to do what needs to be done. While our guild is not the most progressed guild on our server, or even overall, there are several people that know what they are doing in the guild and we feel that we could get a lot further without feeling like we are carrying others. Unfortunate as it may be, this has seemed to be the case throughout Wrath of the Lich King and, in short, a lot of people are very tired of having to deal with this kind of situation.

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Raid leader reflection.

I’m not the greatest raid leader in the world. I never have been, at least not as a healer. And I absolutely fail at it when I’m a DPS. I’ve always been better at it when I’ve been tanking. But right now, I’m a raid leader as a healer, and sometimes as a DPS. Even so, I think the highest votes of confidence come from the success of your raid as a whole, regardless of your position in the raid.

I think that one of the things that people don’t understand about raid leading is that there is more to raid leading than making sure shit gets done. Raid leading is also about understanding what happened to cause a wipe, and helping to have it not happen again. Raid leading is also figuring out what happened to cause a success, and helping it to happen again. Raid leading is also about making sure everyone is up to par. Raid leading is also about reviewing logs on your off-time when you would really rather be doing anything else. Raid leading is also about paying attention to just about every minuscule detail your brain can possibly handle, and then some. But most of all, raid leading is also about being compassionate with your raiders.

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