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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Raiding differences

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:37 am

I’ve a bit of free time, disorder so I thought I’d write a short, cialis sale unthinking, post on raiding with my guild and with Pickup Groups (PUGs).

I don’t raid as much as I used to, the guild is in a little slump, not a bad one, we can usually get 10 players on for our Monday raid, though sometimes we do have to bring in a DPS from the Looking For Raid interface. Now that I’ve got a full tier set on my healy shaman I no longer feel the need to raid for badges, and considering that last week we extended our raid lockout I think that many of our guild are in the same situation.

The  Munquis aren’t very progressed in ICC, in fact I’ve been in pugs that have done almost as many bosses in an evening, so we’re not really going for it big style. But one thing that is completely and totally different between guild raiding and “Pugging it” is the atmosphere.

In the guild raids there’s lots and lots of chatter, playing around, turning people into rabbits, and takin Tea breaks, it’s quite the social event.  In a Pug raid the only chatter is typically whinging about loot distribution, and should there be a wipe blame laying. We simply don’t do the blame thing in the Munquis, raiding is a shared thing, even DPS pulling aggro is shared between the DPS and the tank “underaggroing”. Pointing fingers is considered stupid – it would be like having a rant at your mates down the pub for eating more crisps than the rest.

I sometimes wonder what it must be like for the pugee DPS we pull in of LFR when we have to do so. For unfortunate reasons we don’t let them in on our vent server anymore, but we do still do a lot of text chat…

I think we probably wipe a bit more often than a full pug raid, we simply give it another go, generally keeping it up until we get onto the next boss, or our time is up. Most pugs by contrast that I’ve been in disband within a couple of wipes, and often after just one, there just isn’t the cohesion. So far as I can tell our pugees seem to enjoy themselves, they usually make some comment or other about being remembered if we need another pick-up. Case in point:  a couple of months ago we tried to put together a 25 man ICC, pugging in over half the raid, we wiped repeatedly on Marrowgar and eventually gave up. Fail pug? You would think so, but by the time it was over the Munquis had recruited another couple of members.

A few months ago, I went through a phase of joining ICC pugs, and a couple of times I was lucky enough to join a partial guild raid so the situation was reversed. And  I likewise went away from the raids (several wipes) feeling good about the whole thing. Even one where we only managed to down Marrowgar after a solid handful of attempts.

If I ever start trying to pug raids again I will, for sure, be hoping the raid is at least 50% one guild, even if they’re all DPS.

Off the point, it’s surprising how many guilds seem to lack healers and tanks. The Munquis by contrast have a reasonable number of healers and just enough tanks.

TLDR: Guild raiding is more fun than Pug raiding.

P.S. I’ll be posting about my favourite socks soon! How’s that for random?

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