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Raiding 101: Joining a Raid doesn’t make you a Raider

Posted in Raiding 101 with tags , , on December 4, 2009 by Wiredude

Welcome to the second installment of this series. In the first post, I discussed what I feel the role of the Raid Leader is, and why you need one. This post will focus more on what you need to look to bring to the table as a player in a raid.

Joining a raid does not a raider make.

Look, I can wire things in my house, I’m not an electrician. I can usually fix a dripping faucet, or a running toilet, but I’m not a plumber. Just because you can (and sometimes do) do something, doesn’t mean that it defines you. This is both a good and a bad thing really, but that’s an enormous discussion that could better be handled by others. Let’s focus on our specific little corner of (cyber) reality, shall we? Continue reading


Raiding 101: You need a Leader

Posted in Raiding 101 with tags , , , on November 11, 2009 by Wiredude

“Raid Leader”

The term scares some people, conjuring up images of screaming, ranting, “minus 50 DKP”ing, pretentious, overbearing assholes. Is that accurate? Well, in some cases, probably. I’m sure there are those out there who get all tyrannical and maniacal, and generally just scream and yell at people. I’ve heard stories about that, but I’ve never had to experience it. From my personal perspective, as both a raider, and having lead a few runs as well, if people are behaving that poorly, that you have to resort to screaming and cursing at them, then it’s just not worth it. For all the time and effort that I’ve put into WoW, it’s still JUST A GAME. No, I’m not a hard-core progression raider, and I probably never will be. Maybe at that level some screaming and yelling is in order, I don’t know, but I don’t think so.

All that said, I’ve learned a few things over the last couple weeks that I had just taken for granted most of my WoW career. I also sort of realized a few things that had just sorta snuck into my brain over time, but I didn’t know I had learned.

One of the things that’s really become apparent to me is this. A raid needs a Raid Leader. Continue reading