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5-08-2011 @ 5:57AM
One of the truly great thinks about this game, is that we intermix with so many different people, with so many different perspectives and experience. Unless you joined the game with a bunch of people you know in real life, and no one ever speaks to anyone else in game, more than likely the people you count amongst your raid team now -- started out as a stranger.This is one of the reasons why I dislike the "I hate pugs" mentality. Many of my favorite people in game I met by chance. I leveled my character almost entirely through pugging, in the days prior to LFG. I was always whispering people I didn't know and spamming trade chat with funny quips to get people to come run dungeons with me. Since LFG was introduced I can count on one hand the times I've cued as a DPS. I'm a healer, not a tank. And it makes me sad to read articles like this, just as it makes me sad when I read the "I'm going to dps" threads on the healer forum. I pug nearly every day. I'm not even going to lie or pretend that I haven't had some rough groups. I've also had really great groups too -- and found people where everything just meshed. By closing the door in the face of the bad, you close your door to the face of good and great as well. As I pug more than anyone else I know -- I can say you are quite literally cutting off your nose to spite your face. I really think you're missing out. One thing that I felt was missing from this article was personal accountability. There were QUITE a few lines complaining about all the players you've run into that you didn't enjoy playing with -- and lines discussing other players lack of skill - rude behavior, etc but nothing which addressed your own. I'm sorry, but I don't buy that. I am a really good healer -- many people have called me amazing -- but I still make mistakes. I'm not perfect and I don't know anyone who is. I've missed a cool down -- I've lagged -- I've misjudged the timing on a heal cast time and lost someone by .5 of a sec. Stuff happens. There was too much of a "you all suck, cause you're not me or my friends...." kind of attitude in this. I think the reason why pugs, struggle -- is because of this kind of attitude. People go into them thinking they're perfect and everyone else is a scrub or a screw up. You're right -- it takes slightly more communication in a pug than in a guild group. But in my experience, not a whole lot more. I isn't my "job" as a healer to teach the newbies how to play, and how not to stand in the bad -- but I've taught more than a few groups how to do the fights. There's always at least one person at the end that is grateful a geared, competent healer showed them the ropes. I am 100% positive that there would be grateful puggers out there, who would be grateful to a tank for doing the same.
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