Raiding is like a Lobster Dinner

While on vacation I went to see my family for the first time in oh say 2 yrs. So it was a rare treat to see them and rarer still to be taken out for lobster while I was there. Of course my raid and gaming obsessed mind was pondering how my RL is reflected in my game life. Deep philosophical introspection abounds! 😉

Clear Location

I love nothing more than a good plan that is easy to understand. For our dinner my cousin J (names have been changed to protect the innocent) invited my mother and I out to a lobster dinner and named the restaurant. I liked this (not just because I love seafood) but I knew 2 things about dinner immediately: where I was going and what I was eating. I hate debating where everyone wants to eat and what everyone is in the mood for, the larger the group of people the more irritable it makes me.

Running Instances or Raiding is the same. I like to know where I’m going and what I’m after. I use different tools to help me determine what I’m after, AtlasLoot + Rating Buster. But as for where I’m going?

For Instances I exclusively have been relying on friends and guildies. I’ll put out to them I want to do a run, flexible about where and see if anyone has an interest. Most of my people have a specific zone they are trying to get gear out of, which makes my life easier. Of course this is about to change as I want to get all the LK heroic dungeons checked off so likely starting today I’ll be shouting I wanna go somewhere and see if anyone is up for it or pug it. *shudders*

Raiding wise I’m lucky. Being in Leftovers means I have a whole calendar of raids to look over, decide which days I want to sign up for whichever raid I’m interested in. It doesn’t guarantee me a slot in the raid. But it sure as heck makes my raiding life very easy to schedule. I like having the ability to schedule around my life and not around a raid.

Flexibility within Structure

We all sat down for dinner, J reminded us all to get whatever we wanted with lobster. There were 5 of us all told and looking over a menu is easy when you know what you are looking for, anything that comes with lobster. We had some traditional surf and turf, a few seafood extravganzas. *sighs wistfully* We new going in we are all getting lobster its all about what you do around that lobster that is up to you.

Raiding is the same way you have a clear goal. Kill X mob, hopefully with no wipes. How we all get there is different. Most of us aren’t going to do the same thing every single time regardless of constraints. There will be days you may be light on a class and so your role changes. That happens to me, it will happen to us all at some point. ( I love the time I was dpsing for a friend as a disc priest to help them finish an instance ❤ but it made me miss shadow…) But mostly it’s the flexibility that we know our job well enough to decide on our own which spells/abilities to use in a give situation. It doesn’t matter how many strategies you have read, it is the practical application of that knowledge, your wisdom to decide when to toss a Greater or Flash Hea, you know you are going to heal its just a matter of which flavor of heal. For the tank you know when to taunt or to save it for when threat will spike and you will need to grab it off say…a priest? *bats eyes*

Sometimes a raid does something different than what you are used to. ( I learned this the hard way once in Kara on my hunter, Netherspite with different run to positions and rotating vs run to wall any wall) A good player learns to flex within the confines of their situation to shine, adapt and still work your class to the best of your ability.

Someone else foots the bill

It was J’s treat I didn’t have to pay a thing. Which I really do think made the lobster and crab that must sweeter.

What? I can dream that suddenly all my groups will pay for my repair bills, gems, and consumables! I at least admit it’s a dream, but a sweet, sweet dream.

Published in: on February 7, 2009 at 5:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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How to deal with the Noobs in your Game Life

We all have them those love-able friends or guild-mates that are totally clueless in the game. You take them along because you feel obligated out of friendship or duty to try. They are worse than the strange noob you meet in a pug, their your friend. But what do you do when they’ve made the same mistake for the 16th time, refuse to listen, still want your help, but you are on the verge of killing them? Below are a list of noobs and how to deal with them. You will find a prevailing theme to my solutions however and I will sum it up at the bottom.

Warning: All hypothetical situations listed below assume you have already exhausted speaking with and trying to work with the offending noob on said behavior. These are extreme actions to take for extremely bad players.

1. For the healer that AFKs in the middle of your fight. Let them die. That’s right I told you to let your healer die. How is your healer going to learn not to afk in the middle of a fight putting your toon’s life at risk if their’s is never at risk? Of course this is hard to accomplish, I admit but when pulled off and they find themselves the only one dead? Priceless. (A hunter can facilitate this by Misdirecting the offending mob onto the healer, but it does require willingness of the hunter to do so.)

2. Your hunter making a case for the huntard classification? (A personal pet peeve of mine, actually these are ALL pet peeves) This all depends on what flavor of noob he has taken, because with a hunter there is more than one. The most pervasive seems to be not keeping a pet on passive in a 5/10/25 man. Now if your team is far enough back, do not enage. Let the pet die, let the hunter die call it a day.  Hunter shooting before the MT has a chance to establish agro? Letting him die may prove difficult with that pesky Feign Death ability, which usually gets your healer killed. (If the healer is the same as above this could be a boon *wink*) What to do then? Work out with your buffer to ensure the pet and hunter no longer receive buffage/heals.  Remember FD can’t save them from splash damage.

3. DPS class taking aggro off your tank? Now this has been reduced in most situations with the boost to tank threat. However, it has been my experience especially with dps spec tank classes and hybrids it still happens. (this means YOU ret pally, dps warrior, and death knights) Most often aggro stilling happens on the initial pull when they dps first, say on an line of sight (LOS) pull. If you are the tank, let them tank it, as my husband used to say for his sheeped mobs “You spank it, you tank it!” This will put pressure on your healer so be prepared to take back aggro if needed. If you are healer, decide FAST if your group can live if you let the idiot die. Respond accordingly.

4. Group unable to follow commands? Is “Don’t stand in the fire!” too difficult for them to understand? Let them die. Take a single wipe if that’s what it takes. But only ONE! They don’t get more of your time if they can’t be bothered to listen.

5. Tank unable to keep aggro? Well…*looks around* your choices used to be limited, but not so now. Bring someone along who can pick it up and tank it if needed the afore mentioned tank class in DPS spec would be ideal in this situation. A hunter with a tanking spec pet would work nicely as well for a quick catch of aggro loss. A rogue skilled in evasion tanking would work as well. Look at that! Not one mention of letting him die! I am getting creative 😉 (Although I ask you review the expectations of your tanks, do not have the same expectation of a dps warrior off-spec tanking as you would a prot warrior etc)

Sometimes dying consistently over and over is the only teacher for your noob.

Make the noob in your life realize they are nooby, but just because you are nooby today does not mean you have to be a noob tomorrow. Skill can be learned if you are willing to put forth the effort. If they are willing to put that effort in then by all means work with them. But there are those who don’t care, its all about their fun regardless that it takes them 2 hours to do a 30 minute run, never once considering the other people in their group are not there for their sole amusement.

Accept that perhaps its time you learn to say No. They are your friends, your beloved guildies but you, not they, are in charge of your enjoyment of this game. They are entitled to your friendship and that shouldn’t change if you decided to run with others successfully. Strong friendships endure guild changes, classes changes and not doing something together all the time.

I’ll admit I’ve been a noob, I’ve been a hunter noob and a dps warrior noob. But those times are few and far between. (Except for my warrior who is on a shelf and I will likely be a noob again if I dust her off)

You too can prevent Noob. ™

This has been Zhavi the Priest saying thank you

Published in: on January 18, 2009 at 2:18 am  Comments (2)  
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