So I spent some talking about the seven deadly sins of raiding… those things which, when they become not a mistake but a character trait, can ruin a raider or a raid.
But what about the opposites? Those things that, when they are character traits of raids and raiders help it to succeed, thrive, and be fun for everyone. The seven deadly sins have seven positive counterparts, called Heavenly or Contrary virtues – things that help you avoid the pitfalls that can doom a raid.
Combats Pride – be humble, be respectful, and give credit where credit is due. Know your own limits, and don’t bite off more than you can chew. As a healer, this means knowing how much healing you can do – and when you’ll need help. As DPS, this means knowing that a dead DPSer (and possibly a dead raid) does no DPS. And sometimes, it might mean a spec that does less personal DPS but brings great gain to the raid (the warlock tank for Leotheras comes to mind). Humility as a raid will combat epeening and foster a group effort.
Let your actions speak for themselves, and your words speak highly of others.
Combats Envy – be compassionate, be friendly, and avoid prejudice. Remember that someday it might be you that gets into a car wreck on the day of the raid or has a sick child. You don’t have to like people to raid with them, but if you are a jerk to someone, you’re the one that comes off as a jerk. This doesn’t mean being phony, but be friendly in general. This one also covers not wasting other people’s time – if you have to take a night off because you have a sick kid – do so.
Combats Wrath – resolve conflicts peacefully (because we all know conflicts *will* happen). Forgive mistakes that others make. Other raiders are, in fact, people – be patient with them. This is about more than just during boss fights – be patient with new people to the raid that might make a fight explanation take a little longer than usual. If something bad happens, run back, help figure out what went wrong, and take another stab at things – without throwing blame or nasty names.
Combats Sloth – budget your time, avoid laziness, and foster a good work ethic. Be self-aware, and know how to avoid your own pitfalls of laziness. Watch out for procrastination, and don’t borrow what you can’t pay back.
When it comes to combat, while everyone has off nights, be in the habit of reducing distractions – be diligent about your raid performance. Listen to instructions, and bring your A-game. If a raid can practice diligence, you’ll be knocking down new bosses at a fantastic rate – because gear is only *part* of the equation.
Combats Greed – be willing to give as well as take. Remember that someday you will be the guy that ran out of cash for potions or got stuck in traffic and didn’t have time to fish up a stack of sporefish. Realize that other people’s time is worth something to them – and that everyone needs gear. Practice doing nice things for others (running with an alt through a level 65 instance) as well as asking for others to help you out. A raid is about cooperation – chip in a little, and you’ll reap the benefits as a group.
Combats Gluttony – Practice self-control. Realize when an upgrade is better suited for the raid if it goes to someone else – even if you really really want one too. Also recognize when an upgrade is worth spending your DKP on now, rather than saving it all for a drop that might never happen later. Be group-minded about group things; it helps with group success!
Combats Lust – Ok – before you look at me like I’m nuts, hear me out on this one. Chastity means staying true to the raids you’re in. Your progress is your progress, your gear is your gear. Be able to say “congrats” to that other raid that just downed Illidan, and be happy when your newer, fresher raid knocks off Prince Malchezzar or Gruul for the first time. Yeah – you could wipe for 6 hours on Maulgar tonight, but if you’re not making progress, don’t let things other people have done cloud your judgement. Be decent to your fellow raid-mates. This also means not raid-hopping on a whim out of a desire for more loot without doing the work to get it.
And, be decent if you get into one of those sticky real-life-drama situations, and keep it out of the raid if you can.
The TLDR version: Remember that, at the end of the day, you’re playing with other people. They have feelings and opinions, and at the end of the day, if your raid has all its *people* working together, you’ll do well. None of these things should cause you to devalue yourself, or get walked on – but they help you be part of a group/team and not just out on your own.
And, of course, know yourself! Know your vices so you can avoid them, and try to practice virtues. Good luck, and may the Loot-Fu be with you!
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