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Author: Hrothmund

The eternal woes of a raid leader.

Posted by Hrothmund Monday February 16 2009 at 12:13PM
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Slacking, ninja AFK, whining, "OMFG LOL"! If you are a raid leader, all of those terms are probably familiar to you.

It seems that no matter how carefully you choose your raid-team, prepare them for the coming encounters and try to establish a good raiding morale, there will always be that small minority of semi-afk asshats whose only intention is to ruin the evening for everyone who has allocated time from their personal schedules to take part.

This is the same demographic of people that didn't put in enough effort at practice in your football team and cost you that last minute touch down at the state finals. This is the same group of people that don't pay for their public transportation tickets, making the cost rise up for everyone. These are the same bottom-feeders who don't put on deodorant, because the guy in the next cubicle uses so much aftershave, nobody will notice. Yes, I am talking about the people who accomplish nothing more during a raid than picking their own nose and proceeding to eat the boogers. Needless to say, I detest slackers, noobs and asshats in my raids, and will not hesitate to kick one for their first offense.

Why, you may ask? Aren't MMOs meant to be enjoyed, not taken too seriously! I have heard the "I love scratching my butt-crack, eating Doritos, talking to my best friend Duane who lives in the next trailer and filing my fingernails while I raid! There's nothing wrong with that, I play the way I play!"-argument before. I have to disagree, and not only because I don't find smearing Doritos crumbs all over my ass appealing.
If you don't have all night to raid, these pocket-billiards-playing, dandruff smearing mongrels will slow you down every single "OMG SIG LOL" break they take, every time they hold up the raid with their ninja AFK or moronic questions, not to mention every time they die like the mindless scum they are, lowering your raids performance.

Their 'hilarious' exploits also provoke the closet-asshats, who are abundant in every raid, to come out in droves, sometimes causing a domino-effect of doom, spelling an end to the raid. If they are not muted on TeamSpeak or Ventrilo, you will be constantly reminded of why choosing Beavis and Butthead as one's role-model is a flawed idea. The downside of muting them, however, is that these dead lazy couch potatoes are simply too lazy to type, and too stupid to realize they are muted, so they will constantly be asking questions in your vent channel, thinking that the next thing someone says is a direct reply to them, even if someone happens to say something along the lines of "LoL I go pee".

Many of you might think I am an elitist jerk, and in a sense this might be true. However, at work I am used to people either performing or getting fired, and since I play only around nine to twelve hours a week to relax, my tolerance for immature behavior, blunt stupidity and indifference is extremely low. On weekend raids, my good friend Jack Daniels is there to comfort me and give me the support I need to tolerate these people. This helps a lot. The bad thing about good old Jack is that he is sort of bad influence on me, and if he is around for too long, alas, I turn into an asshat myself! Life is complicated, go figure...