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    How To Be a Better Person in Cataclysm Heroics

    Posted on Dec 29, 2010 by: Jason Zimmerman
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    How To Be Better in Cataclysm Heroics

    My goal for this blog post is to create a list of things that players can do in heroics to not only be better players, but also better people. If you have a tip to share, even a small one, please leave it in the comments section of this post.

    There are obvious things we can do to be better players like–don’t stand in fire. But there are also some intangible things we can do that affect the group’s success like–how we interact on a human level. I’m looking for both kinds of tips from you guys and gals so share away.

    This post was inspired by my experience last night in Heroic Lost City of the Tol’vir. The group was comprised of four guild members and a healer from the LFD tool. When one of our DPS got disconnected we picked up another DPS using the LFD tool.

    The DPS that we got was already well geared and clearly someone who was in one of the higher end more hardcore raiding guilds. I thought this would be lucky for us. It really wasn’t.

    After a couple wipes on High Prophet Barim our well-geared DPS, who was seemingly quite a good player, made some vague passive-aggressive comment (that could be loosely interpreted as advice) then called our group Wrath Babies and left.

    So my tip on how to be a better person in heroics is this: if you see someone doing something that is clearly wrong, because maybe they don’t fully understand the strategy or mechanics, and you are an experienced player, try politely whispering someone and saying, “Hey during Phase 2 stay away from the white glowing circle around the boss because it does damage.”

    Don’t just call people names and rage quit. Try using your knowledge and your experience to help others rather than as a symbol of how L33T you are, which you use to hold over other people’s heads and then stick your tongue out at them like a four year old right before you leave the group.

    If someone doesn’t listen to your advice, that’s on them. If you don’t even try, that’s on you.



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    • We Fly Spitfires

      Well said. Players have too low a tolerance for cooperation when it comes to heroics. They are tough now, the group will probably wipe, these are just things we need to deal with. My experiences have been about 50/50 now I’d wager. Had some amazing groups with wonderful people and also a few duds filled with either silence or horrible remarks.

    • Jeffro

      An interesting thought is more widespread use of the in-game voice chat. we all know that the experiences go much smoother when voice communication is used

    • Bill Smith

      Anytime I have ever tried to offer advice to anyone from LFD they have had a MASSIVE hissy fit and started slinging personal insults left and right (worse if it’s a majority guild group and they have a power trip and start kicking because they don’t like what you have to say.) No thanks, I understand what you’re trying to get at, but I’d rather leave and roll the dice if the majority of the group is severely under performing.