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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.
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