Whether we like to admit it or not, we tend to give other players the once-over whenever we zone into a Raid Finder or dungeon PUG, particularly if you've had a run of bad experiences while getting valor-capped for the week. A recent thread on the Tanking forums
about the best title for a tank to sport
is both a sideways acknowledgment of this and a question as to which title best suits your role in the game. For healers, one could argue that Undying
means you probably had job security for the length of Wrath
, but that kind of ignores everyone else's responsibility to not screw up in Naxx. Possibly Herald of the Titans
/Conqueror of Ulduar
would have been the equivalent for DPS players, although a raid had to fire on all cylinders for those achievements too.
Before achievements were account-wide, and leaving aside obvious ringers like Light of Dawn
/Bane of the Fallen King
, I would have nominated Loremaster
as the most reassuring titles to see on a player regardless of gear quality. I can't say exactly what link exists between the persistence needed to get these titles and overall competence, but I have yet to see a Loremaster or Seeker player do something screw-the-pooch crazy in a PUG. These days, it's tougher to guarantee that a player sporting a title is doing so on the character that originally got it, so maybe The Undaunted
is probably the single best outward indicator of competence.
Having written all this, I've also had the pleasure of knowing a world-class hunter who never bothered using titles, and we have to acknowledge that a generic, funny (e.g., "Chef Boyardee"), or absent title means nothing at all. But if you had to pick one that said, "I will not get you killed in this PUG," which would it be?
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