How To Be Productive While Raiding

There is a reason why the best gear in the game can only be acquired through raiding, and that’s because it takes a lot of coordination amongst players to defeat the raid bosses.

Pre-BC raiding was 20 and 40 man raids. That’s a lot of people to organize and delegate assignments to. Quite often, one or two people who didn’t show up or if they had to leave early meant the entire raid stopped for the evening. It sucked when that happened, and it’s for reasons along that line that I prefer not to raid anymore. The only time I will raid is if another guild asks me to fill in a DPS slot for them. Trying to adhere to a rigid, daily 4-6 hour schedule is a bit absurd. Basically, I have better things to do with my time.

If you are going to raid, I have some suggestions for you. As an old-school raid leader and former GM of several guilds, I know what it takes to make a raid group successful. Try to follow as many of these suggestions as you can:

1) Be on time for the raid. In fact, be early. If a raid is scheduled to start at 8pm, don’t log onto your account at 8pm. You should log in at least a half hour early to prepare for the upcoming raid. To avoid stragglers from showing up at the last minute, I always made my raids “first come, first invite”.

2) When you raid, you are expected to play your optimum game. Bring elixirs, pots, mana oils, and bandages for yourself. If you have a pet, bring plenty of pet food. If you are an engineer, bring at least two repair bots. Do everything you can to provide for yourself. Under no circumstances should you “expect” to get these items from another member of the raid. Always remember there are either 9 or 24 other people depending on you. Don’t waste their precious game time.

3) Follow the raid leaders direction. I can’t even begin to explain how frustrating it is when you are trying to lead 20 people in a raid and one player is constantly arguing over petty stuff via whisper to the raid leader. I’ve kicked my share of people out of a raid because they simply wouldn’t shut up and stop hassling me in the middle of a raid. So, when you’re in a raid, don’t argue with the raid leader or any other players that are in the raid. Be productive, be pleasant, and do everything you can to help the raid succeed.

4) Before you raid, make sure you turn off your cell phone, your pager, your chat programs, your music sharing software, etc. I remember fighting Hakkar in ZG and our paladin kept missing heals during the fight. This caused the tank to die and the entire raid to wipe several times. When I asked him on vent what the problem was, he said, “My friends keep chatting with me on messenger and I’ve been missing heals because I had to minimize WoW to respond to them.” I was completely floored by that answer. I politely told him to shut off his chat program and to never have it on again when he raided with us. It’s that kind of thinking that wastes other players game time. Like I mentioned above, there are other people counting on you, and some players don’t have a lot of time to allocate to playing WoW. They might have a full time job, family, kids, or whatever, and they are limited to a few hours game time per night. Don’t ruin it for them.

5) You are never more important than the raid. Early in 2007, I began leading my guild into Karazhan. At that time, Kara was actually hard, and during our third or fourth visit we were trying to figure out Moroes. We had two priests and two hunters to shackle/freeze trap the adds, which is plenty of CC for the fight. But for some reason one of the adds kept breaking freeze traps and/or shackles repeatedly.

We figured it was simply resisting the spells. We were wrong. One of my officers scrolled through the logs and found out that one of our priests was using Mana Fiend, and it was attacking and breaking the CC’d targets. We asked her to stop using the fiend because it was causing the raid to wipe. Guess what her answer was? “It’s not my problem if it breaks CC. You guys need to adjust. I need mana.” We attempted Moroes two more times that night, and both times the Priest sent her mana fiend into the fray and two more times we wiped because it broke CC’d targets. She didn’t care about causing a wipe and wasting 9 other player’s game time. Within two weeks, I kicked that particular Priest out of the guild. And this was someone I had been raiding with for over a year.

The point is, you are never more important than the raid. If you begin to think you are, then its probably time for you to leave your guild and go start your own. Sadly, this scenario happens often, and it usually occurs with Priests and Tanks. They begin to think they are the sole reason the raid is successful and will try to hold the raid for ransom. I don’t tolerate it, and I don’t suggest any other GM or raid leader tolerate it either. If you have a player like that, /gkick them without hesitation.

6) Always repair your gear prior to joining a raid group. There is always one knucklehead who doesn’t repair and then screams that his gear is broken the first time he dies during the raid. Again, this is a waste of other players’ game time. If you wait for him/her to go repair, the entire loses anywhere from 5-10 minutes. If you throw down a repair bot for one person, that’s just a waste of a repair bot. So, always repair your gear to 100% before you join a raid.

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