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Discussion Topic: The Rules of Raiding

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Or "The Raiders Bible", if you will.

A few days ago I tweeted a raider tip: "Doing your assigned job comes before trying to maximise your place on the meters." Since then I've been thinking, what other rules are there, and should I start making a collection?

The Rules of Raiding
  • Preparation
    • Read up on new encounters before you attempt them.
    • Know what you have to do (and do it) before you're told.
    • Know what other people have to do so you can do it if required.
    • Bring your own consumables
  • Teamwork
    • Doing your assigned job comes before trying to maximise your place on the meters.
    • Do what you're told by your Raid Leader(s) when you're told.
    • Communicate in short concise bursts. Say as much as possible while speaking the least.
    • Learn from other peoples mistakes
  • Other Rules
    • Have fun.

What other rules are missing, or you think should be added?

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  1. Gritty's Avatar
    One very important rule:
    Communicate what is necessary in a short and precise way. "Oh shit, I fucked up" doesn't work as well as "Left side needs replacement".
    Kind of a bonus rule:
    Know what your fellow raider's have to do and be prepared to take their jobs over should they be inconvenienced (by death, debuffs, disconnect or other derrible dhings ). Also communicate this so no one else does the same.
  2. Chasingsol's Avatar
    Have fun.
    Bring consumables if they're not provided.
    Try not to get upset if you're not picked for the raid.
    Don't log on late if you made a commitment.
  3. Moshne's Avatar
    Learn from the mistakes of your raid, don't wait to make the same mistake yourself.
  4. Chasingsol's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Moshne
    Learn from the mistakes of your raid, don't wait to make the same mistake yourself.
    Yeah, this one is a biggie. If Xxxarthasxxx stood in the fire and wiped the raid, don't be that guy to do it on the next pull.
  5. Kaybs's Avatar
    1. Consumables are your responsibility. Assume nothing will be provided and bring your own pots/flasks and food
    2. Knowing the fights is your responsibility. Extra for experts: Learn other roles in the fight as well so that you know how your role affects others
    3. Situational awareness and staying alive is key. A dead team member can't tank/heal/dps, and heals are not your only way of surviving. Know your classes defensive cooldowns
  6. Endus's Avatar
    1> Mistakes happen. Chill out, it's a game. Unless you're pushing for world firsts, it's not that big a deal.

    2> A mistake happening ONCE is accident. Twice, coincidence. Three times, and it's not a "mistake" any more, it's you screwing up. And it starts to become a big deal.

    3> Be online and preparing for the raid a minimum of 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time. No "lemme just get this sha kill done" stuff, since that kind of thing inevitably carries on past the start time, and then you're not just delaying your own game, you're making 9/24 other people wait on you.

    4> Flexibility is key. If you're a hybrid, have gear and be able to play at least one other role; if the raid needs another healer or tank and you can swap, great. If not, you should be at the top of the list for people being removed to make room. Swap talents and glyphs and specs as needed per boss; don't just get comfortable in one setup that never changes. If you're a hybrid, be prepared to toss some direct heals if you see that the healers are struggling with a piece of heavy healing.

    5> Your DPS/HPS/etc doesn't matter. The boss dying matters. DPS is only an issue if the boss enrages. HPS is only an issue if heals aren't keeping up with damage overall. Those aren't what wipe most raids, what wipes most raids are people making errors dealing with boss mechanics. Delaying an extra 0.5 second to try and get that last cast off, and dying, is much much worse than just moving and letting your DPS suffer slightly. If the boss dies, we might look at DPS numbers and see who was slacking, but if we wipe to anything but Enrage, we're looking at people who stood in the fire.
  7. Unregistered's Avatar
    #1 Rule. Don't care about loot.
  8. zenga's Avatar
    "Do what you're told by your Raid Leader(s) when you're told."

    In my guild that would be: question everything the raid leader says, and only do so if you agree/it makes sense. Questioning everything (not necessary in public) and learn to think for yourself as to why or what will make you a better player and will make for a better team. Unless your raidleader is actually the god of raidleading, you shouldn't follow orders like a sheep.
  9. Unregistered's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by zenga
    "Do what you're told by your Raid Leader(s) when you're told."

    In my guild that would be: question everything the raid leader says, and only do so if you agree/it makes sense. Questioning everything (not necessary in public) and learn to think for yourself as to why or what will make you a better player and will make for a better team. Unless your raidleader is actually the god of raidleading, you shouldn't follow orders like a sheep.
    Well the implication is that's the rule during a fight. Once you have a strat, follow it. You probably want to save discussion for in-between pulls, etc.
  10. Endus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by zenga
    "Do what you're told by your Raid Leader(s) when you're told."

    In my guild that would be: question everything the raid leader says, and only do so if you agree/it makes sense. Questioning everything (not necessary in public) and learn to think for yourself as to why or what will make you a better player and will make for a better team. Unless your raidleader is actually the god of raidleading, you shouldn't follow orders like a sheep.
    Like Unregistered said; if you have issues, raise them. If we've already pulled, though, you've been assigned a role to fill, so fill it. Let the strat fail on its own merits, not because you decided to lone wolf it because you thought you knew better.

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