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5-17-2009 @ 4:26PM
I have someone SORT of like this in my guild, riding on the coattails of his brother. He has spent zero effort on his gear, as it's often unenchanted and ungemmed, whilst we're in Ulduar. He scrapes the bottom of the meters, yet we have no choice but to bring him. His actual gear level is decent, but he cannot pull a good level of DPS with it. We do 10-man Ulduar, and his DPS is always below the other melee dps, no matter what. I personally have pugged all sorts of heroic raids to better my gear because I know I want to do the best I can. Sure, it's only a game, but why not play to win?Not only that, but he has zero situational awareness. He is constantly dying to various death zones on the ground, be it Sarth or KT or Mimiron's landmines or rockets. He refuses to look up encounters ahead of time and does not ask what to do when standing in front of the boss. So he ends up running around like the proverbial headless chicken.He always rolls on any sort of plate, and weapons that our tanks could desperately use. He has no sense of what to do or what not to do. Fortunately it sounds like Wil is not like my chum in my guild, in that he recognizes that there's a disconnect between himself and the rest of the guild. That's the problem I'm having. Good for you, Wil!
5-17-2009 @ 10:19PM
That sounds annoyingly bad for your raiding group. You guys should, honestly, take him aside and make positive suggestions about improving his gear, but then also do what was suggested in another raiding column a while back, and get the raid leader to grab the Failbot plugin.I'd like to mention the following two websites to any fresh 80, or anyone else who needs some basic help with enhancing gear: http://be.imba.hu and http://www.wow-heroes.com . Each offers suggestions for gemming, enchantments and BIS tailored to what it sees you wearing in the armory, and a quick eyeball estimate as to how far that current gear will get you in endgame raids. They can at least act as a no-pressure starting point, even though you probably won't agree with everything they say when you get more experienced. (If anyone has something similar that suggests enhancements for the PVP side of things, please post it/them ☺)
5-18-2009 @ 5:07AM
There's a difference between someone trying to pull his weight (as the person in the article) or a nuisance that can't be bothered to put in any effort (like the guy in your guild apparently)The main problem happening with friends/family joining the same guild is that guildies are reluctant to comment on their behaviour. Meaning they'll rather "compensate" for a mistake said person made (eg. heal through a stupid overaggro that would normally have killed him/her) instead of letting them die and learn the lesson, generally without even commenting on the mistake. This, obviously, is bad as the poor guy might be trying hard to learn, but can't really because nobody tells him what he's doing wrong.Also, something I've noticed with my sister (and myself when I started out raiding) is that they often place the other, more experienced, guildmembers on a pedestal and totally stress out about messing up, generally with the result of them actually messing up in a really stupid way they wouldn't have if they had relaxed a bit more.All I can say is, "chill". You might be in an Ulduar clearing guild but they're just humans, if you enjoy hardcore raiding then it is the guild for you. If you try your utmost to catch up with the others by learning as much as you can by yourself and asking and taking advice from more experienced members you will earn their respect and with it you'll feel a lot more at home in the guild.
5-18-2009 @ 9:18AM
Do you like your guild? By your comments you seem to be a regular member, not an officer; but this seriously needs to be addressed. Dragging people like that through content when others are giving it their all acts like a cancer to a guild. It seems innocent enough, but then you end up with encounters that are CLOSE, but you wipe and the difference is quite obviously the weakest link. If people who bust their butts on encounters are getting passed up for loot to this person, that's going to create a LOT of grudges. Eventually it's going to piss off at least one person, but more than likely it's going to result in a few all leaving at once because they're sick of it, and quite often the result is that a guild fizzles out and disbands.Long story short, you really need to find a way to bring this up in your guild (discretely as possible I guess), otherwise I'd say the seeds of doom are already starting to grow in your guild.
5-19-2009 @ 7:03AM
Thanks for the kind words, Tilt. As I generally prefer to learn from the mistakes of others, rather than my own (saves me the embarrassment), I've now realised that I could have been doing more to improve my current, passable but substandard gear with enchants, rather than leaving them as placeholders for an upgrade that would have taken a long time in coming. I feel more confident in finding a guild more suited to my needs after reading your comment, so thanks again.Wil
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