To Yell or Not to Yell. That is the question.



Often my raiders tell me that I must be a person of infinite patience.  Especially the ones that come from more PVE focused guilds, the hardcore if you will.  I fail to see how repeated public stoning of someone who is messing up will accomplish anything besides turning someone off to raiding as a whole.


Back when I raided with Crucial in the summer of 2007 SSC and TK were still considered newer content due to the attunements keeping many guilds out.  Crucial raids were lead by a protection spec warrior named Oriaxis or the guild master, Fric.  Fric ruled his raids with an iron fist.  Players that messed up were belittled in vent and quickly replaced if someone was available.  I often tell people the story of him removing people from the raid by forcing them to run outside and summon their replacement.


Crucial raiding was a scary time for most people.  While younger players might respond well to such negative reinforcement it never did sit well with the older crowd.  Often in raids the raiders themselves would quickly jump on anyone who messed up in raid chat or on vent, after all, if the attention was focused on someone else then it wouldn’t be on themselves.  Everyone did what they could to avoid the scrutiny of the raid leaders and the subsequent wrath and in many cases tattling on your fellow raiders was the best way.


Some members responded very well to this method and the fear of being singled out lead to them making fewer and fewer mistakes.  However, others did not respond so favorably and I saw many people leave the guild and eventually the server in search of greener pastures.  My time with Crucial was only about three months before I just couldn’t subject myself to that anymore.  However Crucial went on to clear all of Hyjal and 5/9 BT (IIRC) until Fric resigned from the game and the guild split in two with both halves transferring off the server and going their separate ways.


Speaking with a long-term officer of the guild some months later he cited that the ultimate cause of the breakup was a loss of the guild identity, as they had absorbed another guild along the way, and the revolving door raid group that they had created.  Eventually the lack of building a guild community caught up to them.  Sacrificing personal ties in favor of progression left them with a shallow soil in which to sow. 


Drawing from that experience I always try and foster a since of community within the guild and camaraderie amongst the raid group.  While we may not kill bosses as fast as others we always try and stay positive.  Often I have told people that it is not the level of loot that drops from the boss that matters so much as the fun you have killing that boss.  If all you have to build on is progression and loot you too have a shallow field from which to harvest.  Always remember that the collection of colored pixels in your group is an actual person and act accordingly.


~ by Centuri on July 21, 2008.

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