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12-05-2011 @ 12:25PM
Back in the vanilla days of WoW when I was in a casual-but-consistant MC raiding guild, we had one priest who often would let his son play for him. His son was 10 or 11, and really didn't know the game nor did he ever seem to want to take instructions or learn from the team. In the beginning, the father would play primarily, and if his son took over he only let him for trash, and would warn us first. However, eventually it got to the point where this priest would show up for a raid, and from start to finish it was the son. We wouldn't even know until we realized the targets he was assigned to heal were dying immediately and we looked at healing meters. We ended up kicking him from a couple raids, which ended up making the father mad at us for making his son upset. I know the guild leaders tried their hardest to mend things, since when it was the dad playing he was one of our best priests (which were FAR more valuable as healers in pre-BC wow; shamans & druids were good off-healers but not as good for main, and we were horde with no access to paladins). As a compromise the son started playing on his own character (a warrior) so they could play together separately, but even that would cause issues on certain bosses. we made it work for the sake of the dad, but it was still rough most of the time. I don't remember how it all ended (I wasn't an officer at the time and didn't have to deal with issues like that directly), but I'm fairly sure it didn't involve a happy resolution that made everyone involved satisfied. Just more drama.In short: If you have a guild member who insists on their VERY young child raiding with you... DON'T.
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