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8-16-2010 @ 2:12PM
Scapegoating always seems like a big issue - everything always seems to be blamed on a certain individual when really its a cooperative and collective game."He outhealed our druid class officer and seemed more on spot with raid awareness."/salute to the Druid for being awesome!
8-16-2010 @ 3:03PM
I grew increasingly deaf over the years since WoW launched, and stopped raiding and most grouping with my guild when it became near total. THEY would have gladly kept me, but I honestly felt that with all the study and visual cue watching in the world, my reactions (I was almost always DPS) were just a second or half-second slower than with Vent. And I did feel responsible for a couple of wipes due to early deaths and a significant resulting loss in DPS for the raid. I think a guild needs to be very understanding and flexible to handle deaf players. I have stayed in my guild, still group on occasion with close guildmates who know my playstyle and can adapt to it, but mostly do solo or BG stuff now. I keep looking for an actual "deaf guild," but have not found one. I would join if there were one, since we would all be on the same page and Vent would not be an issue. My point: I really sympathize both with deaf players and with guilds with normal hearing folks in the great majority. It is not easy.
8-16-2010 @ 3:18PM
Our guild uses Vent for strategy and shooting the bull. We rarely use it during the actual fights.I think the only exceptions are Valithria, where one of our officers (usually our GM) calls out which adds are spawning where; and Festergut, where I'll call out tanking switches so the healers can focus during a transition. Sometimes we tanks might call taunts on certain fights, or yell at someone for standing in the fire, but for the most part Vent is a convenience for communication. It's not a 'requirement' in order to down the bosses - we all know the fights well enough by now that it's just not needed.Three things I do want to note:1.) If you have to call out for heals instead of trusting your healers, you're doing it wrong.2.) If a single healer can wipe your 25-Man ICC raid, you're doing it wrong.3.) If you deny loot to a contributing player due to circumstances outside their control, you are definitely doing it wrong.
8-16-2010 @ 4:17PM
@ GendouYour three points are absolutely correct. If you're blaming one healer for a 25man wipe, I can almost guarantee it's not his fault. Also, if you're blaming the deaf healer who outheals your CLASS OFFICER ... well ...Sounds like the class officer got pissed that he was outperformed by another player, a player with a disability at that. Sounds like wounded pride to me.Kudos to the druid for /gquitting and moving on to greener pastures!
8-16-2010 @ 6:01PM
Noone should limit themselves based on something like this. Don't short yourself on something your going to enjoy. I consider myself a good concious raider, in a guild towards the serious edge of semi-serious (10 of us left our guild and switched factions for the express purpose of downing LK asap).I'd also consider myself pretty above-average amongst good raiders out there.Despite full sensory facaulties I can't tell you how many times I've caused a wipe or significant loss of DPS as tank heals and deeps from just doing something dumb. -= Fat fingering, going left instead of right, getting lost, *Intentionally killing warlocks when fight mechanics alow* (i mage, srry Rabbat!)I've been lazy while eating, been overconfident in my abilities and didn't pay enough attention cuz we're 1337raiderzlol blah blah blah etc... My point being you and the player in this article can't even begin to blame yourself if your doing all you can to help out the team. Take it from a raider who's not doubted his *abilities* in a long time, just maybe his determination to pay attention and not be retarded sometimes... *If your making it a point to bring your A game pretty much every time then your doing more than many who take certain things for granted.*- Sinderion/Shadow Council
8-16-2010 @ 5:48PM
In my guild(well, before the core group, including myself, got pissed with the lack of attendance from the rest of the guild and switched to a better one) we(the core group) would usually see who's fault it was and whisper them in game. we NEVER called them out or let anyone else call them out, and when we whispered them, it was how they could improve in a constructive way. some of those people we whispered are great players now and the ones who didn't take our advice or ignored it completely are currently guildless(it's a small servre so everyone knows who's an ignorant prick) However, we also like to have fun and half the time(most of the time) many of us were drunk(and that made the healers better, go figure) so we always picked a random person(even gm, co-gm, and officers) and blamed them for every wipe just...because.
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