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12-01-2008 @ 7:33PM
1) Have fun. Know, going in, that you will wipe and probably wipe often. It happens to all of us; pulling the first boss without clearing around him because we're all 70+ and can handle it. We laughed so hard while running back. 2) Set loot rules. Know your armor so if something drops, you can say, "Yes this is a major upgrade" or "It would be a minor upgrade for me. Can anyone else use it?" One of the biggest time wasters is the distribution of loot. If you have someone in the party who DE's, set the ground rules for how the result will be distributed. 3) Come prepared with potions, reagents, poisons, whatever consumable you need to do your job. Come repaired. I can't tell you the number of times I've been in a group that got into the instance only to have one person say, "OMG, my armor is at 45%. Where is the nearest repair person?" 4) It's not required, but using a chat function like the free "WOW Chat" can make communication during a fight so much easier. In a pitched battle, particularly with a mage or other class with bright, sparkly AOE's, it can be very easy to lose sight of how many mobs are in a battle. Having someone say, "We got adds from behind," or "I'm down" or "Sheep the caster, please?" can make or break a group. 5) Be courteous to your fellow raiders and know your limits. If you go in and wipe continuously on the 6th pull, maybe you need to step back and go do something else. No one likes to keep trying for 2 solid hours on the same bunch of mobs. It's okay to say, "This isn't working tonight, guys. Let's take a break and come back tomorrow." Then you can check any of the strategy sites for other tips. 6) Have fun. Again. Have fun. It's a game.
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