While common sense has been something less than common to some people when it comes to being in a group (5 person) or raid (10/20/40 persons) there are some key elements to making it successful. If you care to read on I think you may learn something.
Some basics. For this one lets assume this is a typical 5 person group doing an instance, this would apply to any instance/dungeon ranging from Deadmines to Hellfire Ramps (examples). First, you need to determine if this is a guild group or a pug (pick up group). On this example let’s assume it’s a PUG. Our favorite kinda group……
Whenever I get invited I was ask who the leader is. Why? Couple reasons, first you MUST have someone lead the group, this person is supposed to KNOW the instance your going into if they don’t they should say so. If you have more experience than the leader you should ask if you can help, especially if you’ve already wiped a couple times. Usually the leader is the group leader based on who started the group by the icon on-screen, sometimes they are sometimes no. You can typically find out what kind of group your in by the chatter or lack of (besides the actions). I’ve been in some where everyone knows their role and not more than 3 words were spoken for 2-3 hours. Some are too chatty causing wipes for not paying attention. If an instance is cause for alot of crowd control Ill ask for MARKS (icons overing over the NPC’s like a Skull, Moon, etc.) these are essential for higher instances as it lets everyone know what/who/how they will attack the mobs. If the instance has a particular loot drop or rares involved I will ask what the loot rules are BEFORE I begin. Why? So your not wasting time. I’ve been in groups healing where they had NO intention of letting me roll for any class potential loot, I was simply there to heal and get nothing in return. Besides reputation (60+) why waste time if your not getting a chance at a drop or two? Experience?? Please. I left the group 30 seconds later after the leader told me I’d have to join their guild to get a drop. LOL. (they soon left the server/broke up). Once you determine all of this before going in you should have less hassle…..
BEFORE going in a 5 man group instance
- Determine purpose of instance, is it for rep, loot, experience. If loot determine loot rules.
- Call out “Marks” if necc. for focused damage, crowd control.
- Ask who the leader is and what their experience is, if you have more ask to be leader or see if they are open to suggestions.
- Bring bandages (assuming your maxxed on First Aid…)
- Potions, Health, Mana, Elixirs, if you got em bring em.
- Reagents : Candles, Seeds, anything your class needs be sure to stock up on them, this includes AMMO for you Huntards.
- Quests: Don’t expect someone to share quests, take the time they did and go get them as most of the good quests are “Chain” quests and cannot be shared.
- Seems like a “DUH” preparation but REPAIR your gear before going. I’ve been on a lot where someones gear turns RED or Yellow after a wipe….
- LISTEN to the leader and PAY ATTENTION. This means 100%. If your leader(s) ask you to NOT aggro a group then don’t. If they ask you to wait on the stairs they will be right back then WAIT ON THE STAIRS!
- Don’t try and top the Damage Meters. They are for guys with little dicks..asking constantly for damage reports. This also means do NOT over take the Tanks aggro..then blame the tank for not doing HIS job…..which leads me into another facet of the game….
- Save to Desktop on File (assuming your on the website and clicked “Download”
- Double Click the saved zipped file.
- Extract INTO your — Program Files —-> World of Warcraft Folder —–> Interface folder —-> into Add Ons folder. That’s it.
- Make sure WoW is OFF. When you loaded them on your Character Selection page there will be a “Add On” tab on the lower left side of the screen. Here you can see what all you have loaded or didn’t. You can enable all, disable all or be selective.
- Go online and read about the instance, boss encounters, where to stand, what to do. There are tons of resources online about what/where/how on these raids. Do yourself and your raid members a huge favor and enlighten yourself.
- Reageants are very important. Bring your goods!
- Be ON TIME. This is very important for guilds as it shows respect for others that your their and committed. Pugs are different since it’s an impromptu run but still, once invited get your stuff and go!
- Use a Ventrilo or Ingame Chat program. Some guilds won’t allow you to raid with them if you don’t have the add ons or Vent. We have a server and I always suggest you all use it. If your scared about talking you don’t have to but you DO HAVE to Listen. We don’t have time to type out warnings or messages in the heat of the battle, open voice and clear communication is essential for these raids and even 5 mans. Don’t be shy. Log in!
- Very important on PUG High Ends and Heroic Dungeons that you discuss Loot rules BEFORE going in.