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10 Things You Should Know About Raiding…That Your GM Shouldn’t Have to Tell You

1. Downing Sapphiron twice and Kel’Thuzad once does not equate to being ready for Malygos, it just means you have a key.

2. Only nubbies who did not raid before Wrath (or the last pre-Wrath patch) expect to come into a new raid and one-shot every boss.

3. The fact that there is an achievement listed for completing an activity in an instance means that it is possible, not that it is probable.

4. Only 10 people can attend a 10-man raid; if your guild has more than 10 80s, someone has to sit out. It’s called Mathematics. Don’t be that guy who throws a tantrum and gquits the first time you are asked to sit.

5. Lots of folks fall in love with their alts; that does not mean that as soon as they hit 80 they are your new main and can take your raid spot if they don’t fill the same role and have the same level of gear as your existing raid member.

6. Your raid members are not mind readers. If you change a strategy or positioning, the time to tell them is before the pull, not after the wipe.

7. Time is money, friend. If your raid starts at 7:00, with invites at 6:30, at 7:00 you should be inside, with repaired gear + consumables + reagents, on Vent/Team Speak, and ready for the first pull, not standing in Dalaran asking the warlock to summon you.

8. The best time and place for discussing your team’s loot rules is on your guild forums, prior to the start of a new instance. The best time and place to do this if you are looking for a raid kick is on Vent, mid-raid, after losing a roll.

9. You are not the sole cause for your raid’s success. It’s a team effort. Be humble and be appreciative of others’ contributions, or be prepared to be left out. Save the self-lauding for your blog.

10. Your guildies and teammates are playing in order to have fun. Period. It is not their job. They are not being paid by you or anyone else. They do not owe your alt runthroughs of instances. They do not owe you a raid spot. They do not owe you enchanting mats for your shiny new weapon. If they volunteer up any of these things, be grateful, and return the kindness however you can. It’s not just all about you.