So last week I briefly touched upon the concept of “Radittude” and the idea that you need to be prepared to fill whatever role is necessary. Anyone who takes raiding seriously should see the need to have an attitude of giving to the whole of the guild. However, it won’t just be your raidittude that people see when you’re out there downing boss after boss. Another aspect of your playstyle will be on full display and this can trip you up with the guild just as easily as the other. I speak of “Raidiquette.”
We’ve all seen it or at least heard a horror story or two regarding it. Perhaps there was an issue regarding loot and someone insisted they deserve it more than who received it. Or maybe an off color comment aimed at one of the officers or the women in the guild degenerates into a shouting match. It could even be so simple as a wipe or two resulting in a frustrated member calling out individual people and trying their hardest to embarrass failbots. No matter how it happens, improper raidiquette can quickly and effectively kill a mood of accomplishment and in worst case scenarios result in gkicks and quits.
Now bad raidiquette can be somewhat unavoidable and in it’s milder forms tolerable. If you regularly run 25 mans, there’s a one in twenty-four chance that one of your party members is just going to be a complete and total horse’s ass. The best you can hope for is to try and have good raidiquette yourself and hope that if someone else becomes an asshat the problem can be quashed quickly and without drama. However, that’s unavoidable sometimes.
One of the bigger offenders to raider sensibilities are going to be the people with a sense of entitlement. These are the people who believe that since they attend somewhere in the range of 99% of all raids and are up to date on strats and gear, that they’re the de facto best of their class in the guild. Because of this inflated ego, they also believe they deserve to be geared out first and will argue their point ad nauseam. Everyone has heard the line “I can’t believe I’ve been trying for (insert loot here) for WEEKS and this newb comes along and wins it on his THIRD run!” Pointing out how short a time someones been running a raid and claiming you deserve an item more then they do because of it is just bad raidiquette and damn annoying. They helped to down the boss just as much as you did and regardless of how long they’ve been doing it are just as entitled to this kill’s loot as you are.
There’s also the know-it-all, that one person who knows where everyone needs to be and what spells they need to be casting. God help you if you fuck up, cause the know-it-all will appear over your corpse with a 10 page powerpoint presentation to display to the entirety of the raid just where you went wrong. Beyond the simple fact that everyone despises people who try to tell them how to play their class, this person also raises the ire of the experienced raider. This is because they draw from an assumption that not only do you not know how to play your class, but also that you don’t know how to play the game. And are a moron. Oh, and you drool on yourself and probably wear diapers because you’re too dumb to find the bathroom. Only the know-it-all can tell you where it is, but he’s too busy guiding the raid to victory.
Then there’s the immature player who finds the words pee and poop hilarious and doesn’t know when to stop when it comes to making “jokes” in raid chat or on vent. These are the people who are all too willing to take a joke just a little too far and often jump on the opportunity without thought. Usually the escalation is something like this: “Hey, man, I hear your sister’s in the hospital” “Yeah, his sister’s in there cause of all the BUTTSECKS I gave here, ROFLCOPTER.” Normally these kind of people can be ignored, but every once in a while they go just a little too far and can disrupt an entire raid evening. Also be careful of others who find these people funny, because that can encourage them to continue because they truly believe they are some sort of comedian.
The worst offenders though are raid leaders who have improper raidittude. The worst kind are loot whores who feel that the rules regarding distribution can be changed and flow at whim in order to suit their needs. These are the people who may stack the raid so that they’re the only ones of their class and therefore have less competition. Or you’ll down a boss and all of a sudden there’s a loot council for one particular item whereas before it was all just random rolling. These are the people who will quickly and effectively kill a raid because plain and simple, no one wants to be cheated and that’s exactly what these people are doing.
Of course, these are just a few examples and are more likely to be seen during a PuG than if you regularly do guild runs. However, they can pop up even during guild runs and the trick is to quickly diffuse the situation in order to minimize the damage to morale. A member who is consistently disrupting raids with bad raidiquette should be re-evaluated to determine if it’s worthwhile to keep their shenanigans around. A leader who constantly practices this kind of behavior though, will quickly find his guild base eroding beneath him. The only thing you can really do is just try to be a good raider yourself and respect everyone around you. Either way, gentle jerkwads, place that book on your head, lift your pinkies when you sip (not slurp!) tea and remember, always right over left, because a lady reveals nothing.