World of Warcraft like most other MMO games is geared for the end game player. Not to say that casual players cannot enjoy their time in the game but as we have seen in the genre to get the best equipment it takes a raid.
These 10 simple steps will outline how to make your raid experience worthwhile and profitable for your character at the same time.
1.) Be on Time
Most guilds have a website where they post their raids in advance and many require sign ups. If you sign up then you are aware of the start time. If you cannot be there at the start time do not sign up. There is nothing more frustrating to a raid leader and raid than to have to wait for players to log on.
2.) Keep all Raid Communication in the Raid Channel
Use your raid channel to communicate what is going on. The raid leaders should use this channel to direct the actions of the raid. By keeping the raid channel clear everyone will be able to see or hear exactly what they are expected to do.
Alternatively you can use Ventrilo or Teams Speak for voice communication.
3.) Keep SPAM out of the Raid Channel
The text or voice channel should be kept clear of idle chatter, talking about your children, talking about your parents, etc. To effectively raid you must keep the lines of communication open. If everyone is typing or talking at once you will miss the directions given by your raid leader.
4.) No Direct Messages to the Raid Leader
Your raid leader has their hands full trying to orchestrate a dozen different things at the same time. Sending direct messages takes away from their ability to do so. If you have questions or comments send them to your group leader. The only ones directly communicating with the raid leader should be raid assistants and group leaders.
5.) Listen, Focus, Follow Instructions
We all know that World of Warcraft is a game, but to succeed in any situation, even a game you need to listen to directions, know your role in the situation, and focus your attention of the task at hand.
6.) Never Question an Order Given by the Raid Leader…Follow Blindly
Your raid leaders were chosen because they have demonstrated a working knowledge of the game, its zones, events, and procedures. A raid is not the place to debate how something should be done or express you dissatisfaction with how your raid leader handles situations. Save that for your message boards or speak with the leadership later.
7.) Your Guild is Your Priority
You chose to be in your guild and should therefore respect it. If a raid is about to start do not jump in a pick up group or hit an instance with your buddies. Be ready when you are supposed to be and support your guild.
8.) Know Your Role
You should know exactly what is expected of your class by the time that you reach raid level. Be open to creative criticism. You might be surprised at what you can lean from your guild mates.
9.) Understand Your Guild’s Loot System
Every guild has a system of loot distribution. You need to make sure that you understand it. Regardless of system type most guilds have posted the loot rules. Make sure you have read them.
10.) Be Dependable
People depend on you in World of Warcraft just like they do in real life. If you sign up or commit to a raid … Be there! We all have unexpected things happen in our real lives that demand our time and most guilds are understand that. Be considerate though. Chances are that your guild is depending on you to be where you say you will be. Do everything possible to be there. If a situation arises and you cannot attend let someone know, either on your guild’s message boards or in game.
Use these 10 simple steps to make your World of Warcraft raiding experience a fun and enjoyable time.