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Join date : 2010-08-15

PostSubject: So you want to be a Raider?   Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:55 am

If you want to raid and you want to be good at it, there are three main things that you're going to need to ensure:

1) Spatial Awareness - In order to be good at raiding, you have to have an excellent sense of "what the fuck is going on around me." Without it, you will never, come close to being a decent raider. As I am particularly fond of saying, every boss fight can be summed up with "Don't stand in shit that looks like it'll kill you and kill what needs to die." It sounds simple, and it is simple. But 9 times out of 10, we're going to wipe because someone stood in the shit that looked like it'd kill him and not enough people were killing what needed to die. If you truly have no spatial awareness, you can occasionally make up for it by being a good listener. I'm the raid leader in vent for a reason. When I say "MOVE" you get your ass moving. When I say "Kill Green Ooze" you drop what you're doing and kill the fucking ooze. I encourage you to not use me as your crutch though, I value much more a raider who does not need my incessant directions to get shit accomplished.

2) Know your class - Be you a tank, a healer or a dps, understanding the ins and outs of your class is one of the most fundamental tenants of a good raider. When you spec your character's talents, you should know WHY you're taking each and every talent that you are. "Because someone else told me to" isn't an example of knowing your class. No matter which role you play in the raid, you should have an intimate familiarity with your cooldowns. What increases my healing/dps? Which of these buttons will reduce damage I/someone else will take? Do I have any immunity buttons? Speed increases? If I honestly have to yell at one more ret paladin to use his fucking Divine Shield move only to hear "I don't have that on my bar" I'll bloody kill a baby. You have these buttons for a reason people. Using them wisely is the first step in excelling at your class.

3) Your Computer - Yes, sadly it is true, but in the end, your peak performance will ALWAYS be limited to the capabilities of your computer system and/or internet connection. If you suffer from abysmally high latency or unusually low frame rates, your dps/healing/tanking capabilities will suffer greatly. While there is nothing much you can do to help your internet connection (besides turning your "roommates" porn torrent off), you can improve your frame rate greatly by A) buying a new computer or B) turning your settings down to their lowest. The only setting you are required to have toggled to at least 60% is particle density (which controls how well things like the inside of death and decay and fire show up on your screen) and projected textures (which toggles the visibility of those fun circle-like debuffs that love to rape your ass during raids)

Being a bad raider is easy, being an adequate raider requires some work, and if you truly want to be competitive, you'll have to work for it. But are you really surprised? Nothing in life worth doing is easy.
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PostSubject: Re: So you want to be a Raider?   Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:31 am

Yes young grasshopper you must first master the art of staying alive then and only then
you will be written down in the pages of history as legendary. [insert ninja smiley here]
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