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The Drama Mamas guide to getting your groove back

The Drama Mamas guide to getting your groove back
Losing your confidence stinks. Still, in a game like WoW where your character must work cooperatively with so many others, there are times the issue is to be expected. Most players feel a bit apprehensive when getting back into content they haven't played with in a while. You feel rusty, and you're anxious about making an obvious gaffe and letting down the group, embarrassing yourself, or provoking some jerk into whining about your performance in chat.

The advent of proving grounds makes simple business of knocking the rust off. Just head into your own private scenario and experiment, fiddle, and wipe to your heart's content. Nobody has to see how many times you've flopped but you.

But what if the problem's not you? What if you've simply been shaken by too many encounters with trollish players who tear others down in order to build themselves up? What if you find yourself trapped in the ugly atmosphere that makes grouping a hellish prospect for anyone who's been dragged through the dirt one too many times?

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Filed under: Drama Mamas

Drama Mamas: Too skittish to face the mob

Drama Mamas Too skittish to face the mob
When the fear factor of an MMO revolves more around social hits from fellow players than it does physical hits from monsters, you know something's out of whack. After reading this week's letter, I certainly felt like whacking something -- namely, the ugly atmosphere that makes grouping a hellish prospect for anyone who's been dragged through the dirt one too many times.

Dear Drama Mamas,

I've been playing this game for three or four years now (I'm still a teen, though) and I really wanted to ask you about something.

About two years ago, I first started raiding. I continued going to the pug many times, always with the same raid leader. (Let's call him R.) I started talking in vent with him and his guild, and raided with them quite a lot. I was really sheepish at first because: 1. I was a kid, 2. I'm afraid of social interaction, and 3. I'm a girl. Everything went fine though, for several months.

It was when R needed to go off to work, and couldn't lead the raids anymore when things got bad. I wasn't in his guild, but he felt that I could be trusted enough to be the raid leader. He passed it over to me, handed over his group macros for recruting, and told people I would be leading. He also put two people with me to be my raid assists. (Let's call them Andni and Pir. These are not their actual names.)

I would always start of the raid slightly paniced, but by the end I was joking around with everyone and having a good time. But during one Black Temple run, everything went bad.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Drama Mamas

Breakfast Topic: What class puts you at ease?

This Breakfast Topic has been brought to you by Seed, the Aol guest writer program that brings your words to WoW Insider's pages.

It's been a draining evening. Your eyes have long since become glossed over. Dungeon after dungeon -- and every single time, some moron screws it up. "If I see one more [your least favorite class] in these randoms, I'll scream!" you growl as you click "Enter Dungeon" once more. A quick scan through the portraits on the sidebar: "C'mon ... please ..." And then suddenly, a ray of hope. A spark of light (or shadow, or fire, or bullet, or nature, or blade, or whatever) -- maybe this won't be such a bad run after all, since your party now includes a ...

There are 10 potential possibilities for that statement (unless you start making up your own classes, which is silly), but any given response will require clarification. The meat of the question is this: Is there a class that, when you notice one with you in a 5-man, makes you think to yourself, "Phew. Okay. At least we have one of those." Now, what makes this difficult is the fact that there are skilled and unskilled players of every class. One person's relief is another's nightmare. Nonetheless, is there a class that causes you to breathe a sigh of relief when you see its color in your party chat?

For me, it's definitely priests. Something about those flowing robes and that sparkling yellow light fills me with a sense of calm. The sight of healing spells and protective shields radiating all around me makes me feel certain that, despite whatever trials we face, we'll pull through.

Unless it's a shadow priest. No one should be that transparent.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Guest Posts

Raid Rx: It's all about trust and confidence


Every week, Raid Rx will help you quarterback your healers to victory! Your host is Matt Low, the grand poobah of World of Matticus and a founder of No Stock UI, a WoW blog for all things UI-, macro- and addon-related.

I am going to let you all in on a secret. It's something I'm a little ashamed and sad to admit. You readers of all players would probably hold me to a higher standard than that and I wouldn't be surprised if you immediately unsubscribe from me.

You see, I have trust issues. I'm not kidding. Tonight after I ran Icecrown-25 with my guild, I decided to join a pickup group for Trial of the Crusader-25. It was 10 p.m. and I was bored, okay?! I managed to sucker a few guildies to join me in the killing of an hour. Out of the various characters I had, I opted to heal on my priest. Look, I won't lie -- I do get a slight kick jumping into a random pickup group dropping Val'anyr bubbles everywhere while I do my job. I always get an interesting reaction out of someone in the raid.

Anyway, I want to get to the main point. Some of you veteran healers might feel the same way as I do about this, but I feel more calm and less anxious in a raid when I'm one of the healers as opposed to being a DPS player. It takes me an extremely long time before I get over my healing paranoia with new players.

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Filed under: Druid, Paladin, Priest, Shaman, Raid Rx (Raid Healing)

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