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5-25-2007 @ 3:58PM
I'm having the opposite problem. I've been running Kara with my guild weekly since our first venture through the gate. A few of us--all adults with jobs and commitments, mind you--have worked really hard since the expansion came out to get the best gear we can, either from farming/crafting or running countless "just to the first boss" instances. We've read strategies, we've fine-tuned talent specs a point at a time, and put in the time and effort to really understand the role our respective classes have. All of this on a few hours a night, if we're lucky, and weekends. Our progression is only up to (but not through)The Curator, but it has been steady and for the most part, it has been satisfying. The problem is all of those people who ding 70, run Black Morass, and want to go to Kara the next day (and once, THAT day). They aren't prepared. They haven't bothered grinding rep in any faction, haven't run any Heroics...sometimes they don't even know how to play their class, such as a warlock who never trained Banish. We're a casual guild, we don't even use a DKP system for Kara, and none of us want to be assholes about it, but at the same time, these "newbies" to Kara are holding us back. I've directed my GL to the Officer's Quarters article on tactfully handling these problems, and he doesn't seem to recognize our frustration. He wants everyone to experience new content, and rightfully so. He's the first to drop out of the raid to make room for a newbie, even when he's the best player of that class we have. Altogether, the best kind of GL you could hope for...except when you want to progress. Kara has room for ten players only, and they need to be at the top of their game. That doesn't necessarily mean equipment, dependence on equipment can be a crutch that helps lazy players get away without doing their homework. Knowing how to play your class and your role in the instance is more important than anything, and if you train all your lvl 70 spells fifteen minutes before showing up at the door, you shouldn't be there. Also, when someone gives up their spot in the raid to you so you can go there for the first time, don't ignore any advice they give you. That person worked damn hard to figure out the timing in encounters, and what curses/spells to use most effectively, and they aren't passing it along to you because they want to tell you how to play. They want you to succeed. You know who you are.
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