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1-27-2008 @ 3:15PM
The way I see it, Yes you absolutely need a threat meter. Maybe not for you, but for everyone else in your raid that actually cares. Chances are you care too, and if you don't you're probably not that successful or you're a backup raider that most of the serious people would rather not have along... but that's your own choice I suppose. As for DBM, you don't need it necessarily. Only your raid leader NEEDS it and they can just turn on announcements and /rw the entire raid whenever things are going to trigger. If you'd like a real-world comparison, imagine modern warfare where everyone has a headset in combat, and there's usually a general/LT/cmd/etc who's overseeing the operation that's going to call out incoming fire, enemy movements, or whatever other tactical information they can relay in order to have people not die. Maybe the grunts don't have this communication system in place and they're more or less expendable. This is kinda likek the grunts in WoW who choose not to play with all the helpful things, and they're more or less expendable in fights and to their guilds for the most part. Everything else mostly I think just helps you organize the information you need in a raid to be successful. There's usually a pretty strong association between successful raid groups that are all on the same page in terms of mods and their utility, and the groups who for whatever reason struggle through content. I think the number of people who can successfully raid with absolutely no mods is far smaller than the number of people who can while using the mods their teammates use so they can accurately share and utilize information during a fight. Manual mistakes, ignorance mistakes, and all of the other things "we" do to wipe a raid happen a lot less when you've got help. Nothing's foolproof, but it helps.
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