People may perhaps think that I'm going to rant about morons and slackers and "The Pug" again, but that's not today's topic.
During my time as a raider in World of Warcraft, I have noted, some fairly obvious, character traits of the people in the raid.To me, there are three of these personalities:
- Chart: The players who can't seem to take their eyes off the hotbar, watching their cooldowns as if their very existence depended on it. They want to be as high up on the DPS-charts as they can be and tend to ignore everything else.
- Tactical: The players who are more interested in what other people are doing and will not dwell one second in yelling at people who's not doing everything exactly as the tactic was planned. If the raid succeed without following the planned tactic, they'll note it down and start plan on the next boss.
- Adapting: The players who seems to catch up on things as they go. They may listen to what the raidleader tells them to do, but rely largely on their own intuition on how to react to what happens. They are usually always aware of their surroundings, as well as their cooldowns.
These aren't set characteristics that you get locked into, you tend to drift between them, although mostly as a combination of #1 and #2. Sometimes, you may be in #3, but that's among the rare occasions. You just get in the "Zone" and everything is easy to do; You're high on the charts, you see where things will be placed and abilities the boss will use and react to that before it happens.
Most people will probably label #3 as "Skilled players", but are they truly that? It doesn't take skill to be in that group, it's just the ability to let the eye wander all of the screen, not just the parts where your addons blink and flash at you.
So far, I've only met two or three who consistently belong in #3. They are very rarely in #1 or #2 and are fun to play with. They don't really care about what addons tell them every second, as they can cast one glance at a timer and be prepared way ahead of the ability to be launched.
And it's even more fun to be among group #3.
How about you?