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1-30-2011 @ 10:33AM
^^ This!I too have many guildies and friends that flat out refuse to PUG because they 'hate' them and think it's nothing but a painful experience of people failing and being jackasses over and over. While in reality.. most of the PUGs I run have nice skilled people and run much much smoother than the guild/friend runs I do! I have even begun to dread the run with friends versus the PUG runs.. they are not bad players at all, but sometimes they just have a few things that make a run so much longer. And the thing with fried runs is.. you stick with them. So this run might just take up your entire evening when it goes bad. In a PUG, when people keep screwing up, they usually leave or get kicked. Or I can leave myself and find a new one. This makes it all much faster if you happen to land in a group that is struggling a lot. I very rarely kick or leave myself, but still the option is there. I see my friends in Deadmines for three hours, and then am glad I finished it in 1/3 of the time with a nice skilled group of random uber strangers :)Another thing PUGs have going for them, is that you meet all kinds of people that play in different ways. Especially on my healer, I've learned a LOT from this; I learned cope with healing the super speeding tank, the dps that tries to die every pull, learned to see which groups can go fast or need to be slow, see different ways of pulling packs of mobs or killing bosses... it is nice to see things from so many different perspectives as opposed to your guild/friend group which might do things the same way they always do.And the most important thing about PUGs: your mindset. Stay happy, it's just a game, learn to laugh about things that go wrong! Often when players have a difficult time, it pays to just help them and be nice instead of raging and votekick. I've had many groups where people learned new things, and it's awesome to see! When you have people making not so nice comments, counter with sarcasm. If you have the asshat of all asshats in your group... learn to toy with them :P Believe me, it's much more fun to keep misdirecting to them or something than just kicking the guy ^_*All in all: I love PUGs! They're really not so bad as everyone thinks, far from it :)
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