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8-28-2008 @ 10:21AM
I run PUGs quite a bit since returning to the game. Our guild is very small, so having the right people (with 7 of us active, it means the entire guild!) online at any time is rough. I normally play Retribution so you can imagine what getting a group is like. Let me correct that - I prefer to play Retribution but I normally play Protection so I can easily find - and control - a group. If you are a tank, you have more leeway into choosing with whom you group.First thing - don't assume bad gear means a bad player. A lot of players running heroics are gearing their off-toons before Wrath. Help them out - karma is a wonderful thing. I have tanked for people and then later been invited to come to Hyjaal in my Retribution gear.Secondly - don't be a jerk. Common sense 101 applies here. If you are a DPS class, don't light up the mobs on the PUG tank and then complain about aggro. I don't know how many times I have tanked with coattail riders in even T5/T6 gear who think that gear means they can show off. A good player respects the limitations of the other players and compensates. Last night I tanked for some folks in full T5 and some T6 gear (while in my Kara/Badge gear) and they knew to hold off until my threat meter was spiked. Same applies if you are the tank. Just because you are the tank doesn't mean you can be an ass. Again, common sense.Third - find a core group, especially in raiding guilds. A lot of them won't play their mains on off-raid night, and want to gear their alts. You can easily build a group of competent players.Fourth - use humor. I find a bit of dry wit in the LFG channel will attract the like-minded, mature player. Fifth - be sure you have fun. No one likes someone screaming about a missed pull. Best run I had recently, one of the players wandered the wrong way and caused 2 wipes. Expensive, but it turned out he had a new baby and was distracted. We ended up blowing through the rest and had a blast. (Side note - this was another invite to a raid later on with his main.)
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