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6-11-2011 @ 6:48AM
Having been a member of many different guilds, I've seen many, many different ways players deal with continuous floor-inspection. An old guild used to sit down for six-hour marathon progression nights: no breaks, no talking, RL screaming at the hunter for not popping Heroism at the right time or telling the warlock to stop wasting mana on DoTs. In another guild, there was the "helpful" warrior tank who found it imperative that she whisper people whom she was watching carefully with little gems like, "If you're not too busy standing in that pool of bad, maybe you could learn to play your toon - or you could kill yourself". She was as pleasant as cancer, that one. I have to admit I've had to make a real effort to not rage/snipe; not at people who make mistakes - but rather at the people who take it upon themselves to point fingers. I can understand someone saying something like, "I could be wrong, but I think (insert name here) was standing in fire for a long time", but when someone says something like, "Hunter, stop being a retard!" my blood starts to boil - especially when "Hunter" is a fellow guild mate with a name and everything. To help, I'll call a break, grab the missus on my way outside for a smoke. We'll talk about our day, our pets, anything not WoW-related. If she's out, I'll hop on the home gym for a few minutes (I know, smoking while exercising, pretty ironic). Between wipes, we rib the last man standing for not being able to take care of the last million or so health and I take the annoying so-and-so off mute to see if he has something constructive to say - or if he's learnt to say player's names. We also /roll for blame, turning something nasty into a competition. One of the things I like the most about my new guild is the RL's ability to see when people are getting really down and either call it a night or move onto something else. This way we always end the night on a high - even if it's something like a 3D Zerg or a game of "see how many mobs the tanks can pull leading up to the first boss in ICC"
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