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10-17-2011 @ 5:04PM
Bah, i disagree on Scott's view, for the first time I think. The first situation I can relate as I can see myself in the 'new guys' role. Our first RL was an ass but he got things done. But here is where Scott and I differ. I think you do not need to be an expert in your class and everyone else's class to be competent. It's enough to know about the key abilities and buffs, and where everyone does well. DKs are generally really good multi-add tanks. Warriors can take the pounding of a single large target very well. Druids and shamans are typically raid healers. Etc. Also, I don't see where blame is helpful. For me, I'd like to know what happened and how to avoid it. I don't feel I need to say "Hey John, you screwed up, quit screwing up. It's enough to say "Hey John, can you tank that add a little quicker so it doesn't eat the healer's face?" To me, blame gets into a whole accusation game where the success or failure of the raid is focus on one player, when in fact it's a team effort. Yeah someone screwed up, but everyone will eventually, so cut them a little slack.
10-17-2011 @ 5:23PM
I'd disagree, at least partially. A raid leader DOES need to know his class, or at least role/spec, inside and out. The reason is that the raid leader is the one to tell other people when they need to start pulling their own weight. If someone who consistently stands in fire/misses interrupts/doesn't grab adds/etc tells someone they're not doing enough, the other person is more likely to tell them to get their own house in order. As well, the better a leader knows their own class, the more they can go on 'cruise control' and keep an eye on the raid to give instructions without sacrificing DPS or healing or whatever they do.Also, I don't think Scott was saying that they need to know every other class intimately. It's enough to know what buffs or debuffs a class or spec brings, what, in general, each class is best at, what specs are best for their role, how each fight in the raid they're working on goes, etc. If they don't know THAT much, they can't effectively lead raids.
10-17-2011 @ 5:52PM
Also you got your example backwards.DKs = Better single target, Warriors = Better multi.Shield Bro.
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