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12-02-2008 @ 12:41AM
I am unsure if anyone noted this one, but it bears mentioning.Generally there is a group leader. They will most likely be the most experienced. I do not know how well everyone in your group gets along, but the simple fact of instance groups is that it is not usually a democracy. The group leader calls the strats and everyone follows them. By all means, ask if something isn't clear or you'd like to know why something is being done a certain way. Simply wait for a moment to ask "Is there a reason that we are doing it this way instead of that way?" Chances are there is, and a decent group leader will be happy to explain.Do not be a belligerent idiot. Do not say the words "I know what I'm doing, I used to run raids in EQ!" (yes, I've had someone say that to me, and yes, it was a Hunter with no other alts.). Get aquainted with the rules of threat. Example: Why don't we pull mobs off of the tank? Well, picture the Hunter (yes, same one) pulling a mob off the tank because they don't know how to moderate aggro and think "I can do this myself!". Then when they can't get the mob off them, they FD without a freeze trap. And where do you think that mob will go? To the tank who barely got two swings in? Or to the healer, who, by now is 20,000 points of heals into the aggro hole? Bingo. Nice work Diamond Jim, you just wiped us. Again.Kill order. Kill order. Kill Order. Learning to follow the kill order is a basic understanding everyone should have.So, to people who are new to instancing, welcome. It's a very fun and rewarding part of the game. But take the time to learn your class as well as the mechanics of aggro. Also, becoming familiar with the capabilities of other classes is a tremendous help.Good luck.
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