Morale, Motivation, and PUGs

The Hub has pointed out to me that I am more willing to raid than I am to run heroics.  He has a point. Enough of a point  I  had to sit down and think about why this is. It is a mantra I give to friends when they have bad groups, when I have bad groups, and when anyone discusses pugging. Which of course means I totally ignore it.

The group makes the experience. 

I have run 5 mans which were absolutely fabulous. Leaving me wishing the tank/dps were on my server and I was able to keep them in my pocket for runs. Then I have runs like my first time in Heroic Deadmines which left me red-faced, reminding myself it is just a game, and the offending person isn’t on my server! My enthusiasm for healing can be charted by these experiences.

Its my morale wall; the bad PUGs drop bring my morale low and accordingly my motivation to PUG drops. It is cyclical. Instead of addressing the adversion to PUGs and perhaps getting friends together and running 5mans I’ve jumped ship and hit raiding. There is a familiarity to raiding and the group struggling together which transends this wall.

I’m raiding again tonight. I’m commited to finishing the dungeon bosses for Lunar Festival Achievement afterwards. This weekend, I’ve promised myself to break the wall and PUG some heroics and get over the fear. The Hub was right and its time I got over it.

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Published in: on February 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Pugscore!

Overall, I have held a secret disdain for GearScore. Partly, because I believe skill travels with a person and just because their gear isn’t the best doesn’t mean their ability isn’t there; especially true given the plethora toons players have. Being benched for a 10man on Zhavi, I snaked into a 25ICC pug last week with Jairone (who has returned from his sabbatical). I was more than a little surprised to see myself get slotted given on Delith. I loves her and I spend time getting her geared outside of raids but *shrugs* they took me; they were aware I already knew the fights and I think that helped. For a team that hadn’t worked together the run went very smooth, atmosphere was very calm and collected, and we got to Putricide in under 2 hours. Kudos out to Raiders of the Lost Pug for putting it together and making a pug not just successful but enjoyable to boot! Obviously, Gearscore can help with building a good pug (since RotLP were doing checks on everyone to get in) but I can’t entirely dismiss my initial reaction. Not when I have listened to a warlock in my guild explain to me that he doesn’t know what he is doing wrong because he has 5XXX gearscore and can’t crack over 3k dps using the standard rotation. Instead of breaking down and ensuring the gear he is wearing is maximizing his abilities and talents, he looked at the gear number.

This really has been the trend for Delith’s runs, traditionally I get her in a pug and they are just very calm events. Given how bad pugs I have been in, in the past it is very refreshing. Progression runs on Zhavi always end up stress filled nights, you want every kill to go perfect to maximize time on the progression boss (Lich King may you die a thousand deaths!) so there is always that edge on raid nights.  Hopefully, Delith’s runs will stay calm and wonderful events. I don’t have a complaint about her raiding for the last month. *knocks on wood*

Published in: on April 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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