My wonderful sister who’s been mentioned on here several times, has decided that she would like to raid with us in MoP. Now she has been playing WoW very casually for about 3 years, and she enjoys her little hunter. She isn’t great DPS, she doesn’t have a lot of raid awareness (She’s never raided.), BUT she is willing to learn, she is willing to trudge through us telling her how to do things, and she is really full steam ahead about this.
When I sat down to think about adding her to the roster, I really stopped and gave not adding her serious thought, for the following reasons:
I don’t want to break in a new raider
I don’t feel like wiping because someone is learning that strafing is faster than turning and running.
I don’t want to deal with other people getting angry about her learning.
At which point she called me, and said the words that made me feel like a HORRIBLE person. “(Aunaka) I’m SO excited about raiding in Mists, and can’t wait to learn from you guys.”
I had this glorious opportunity for myself and my team to teach someone that WANTS to learn how to play. How could I ever think about replacing someone who WANTS to learn with just another player, that even if they are good it is likely they will be less likely to listen to criticism.
I feel like as a community we are more prone to forget about the fact that we were all once new raiders/players, and that someone had to be nice enough to teach us how to play.
Someone had to show us where the resources were, show us the videos, run us through dungeons, make us a better player. I’m not saying that it wasn’t tough love, or that we didn’t learn a lot on our own, but someone helped us.
I think that we forget about that and we’re too focused on being the best of the best of the best, what if that person with the right guidance became something amazing?
I am by no stretch of the imagination an amazing healer, but I’m good, I’m even pretty darn good and people helped me get here, so I’ll take the time, and I hope that my group will take the time to help teach her what being a good raider is, even more teach her what being a good player is, because being good player should be everyone’s goal.
So please guys, unless you’re looking to hardcore progressively raid, give the new guys a chance. I’m not saying that the majority of the people will be like my sister and want to learn, and accept criticism, but you might find a gem hidden deep in the Jade Forest.