Friday, September 12, 2008

Gnometastic's Tips to Leading a Raid

Now, I have much more experience leading 10 man raids than I do leading 25 mans. I am not sure where this post will go, but... here goes nothing.

I led my first 25 man run on Wednesday. We defeated High King and we took down Gruul without incident (well, okay, we almost wiped on Gruul but he died, so it counts!).
My guildmates performed amazingly as always, and they made rule number one easy to follow.

Rule 1) Don't be afraid to tell people to shut up on Vent/Teamspeak. You're the raid leader, you need to give instructions, healing assignments, misdirect assignments... Chatty Kathy needs to be able to be quiet for 10 minutes and listen so that people who haven't been there or people who don't know their own specific assignments.

Rule 2) Trash pulls must go quickly.
Everyone doesn't need 5 paladin buffs to kill trash. You don't need everyone at full mana. Some pulls, maybe so, TK Pulls for example, are not very forgiving (the 5 pulls near Void Reaver for example), but still, keep moving, don't wait, explain the next pull while people mana up and rez the dead.

Rule 3) Don't be afraid to tell people if they are messing up. Its your raid, but its not just your time. You're taking 50 hours of peoples time for a 2 hour raid. Don't let one screw up mess it up for everyone by doing stupid crap. Tell them what they're doing wrong. If they refuse to listen or have the "lolz I knowz better den youz" attitude, kick them.

Rule 4) Required addons, chat programs. Everyone. And I mean everyone has to have Omen. Paladins should have Pally Power. Everyone must have Ventrilo. An easy way to check if people are paying attention and/or in vent is to simply say "If you can hear me say this, please, click NO." and do a /readycheck

Rule 5) Stay positive. Tell people when they've done well. Wipes will happen, just don't let them frustrate you too much... the first two times at least. That 4th wipe on Shade always sucks....

Thats it. 5 easy rules. What did I miss?

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