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5-08-2009 @ 8:20AM
The thing is, raiding is a complete package: it is not just about rocking up and spending 24 other peoples time throwing yourself at a boss with minimal effort, its about being prepared, working together to do your best as a team to achieve something. As a raider, you enjoy the feeling of progressing as a team, of improving your performance, of being the best you can be, and finally downing the boss, if it took you a day, a week, or a month of learning.If members of your group went afk half way through a boss fight, you would get irritated at them for wasteing your time. If a healer in your group short on mana refused to use a potion (or forgot to bring one), you would be irritated at them for wasteing your time. In both cases, your irritation is verymuch valid. In the same respect, you should understand that people will be irritated at you if you are wasteing their time, be it by not paying attention, standing in the fire, not useing appropriate consumables, or not putting a little preparation into an appropriate pve spec and rotation. If you rock up to a raid with a pvp spec (for example), you are wasteing everyones time, and they have every right to be irritated at you.Being the best you can be is fun. There is still room for individuality: most classes have at least a few strong configurations that are close enough to each other that you won't be wasteing anyones time, and even if you have the same setup as someone else in your group, you can demonstrate your individuality by your performance: be at the top of your game, pay attention to your surroundings, put out strong damage, don't take any avoidable damage, help your group in whatever way possible. You will find that it is immensely fun to be able to look back on a night and think "I was awesome" or "I improved since last week".If all else fails, and you really must be individual, play a healer or tank. There is far more room for style and individuality in healing and tanking, many more situational tradeoffs, more cusomizing yourself to your playstyle, your group, and the encounter. That being said, in the end it still comes down to performing your best, and enjoying it.
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