World of Warcraft’s random dungeon finder tool makes it incredibly easy to find a dungeon group. Even if you’re a damage dealing role, finding a dungeon using dungeon finder is still way faster than it was before this tool existed. One downside of running more dungeons is running into more ninja looters – people who roll on items that are not for their class or role either intentionally or unintentionally. Here’s how to avoid being a ninja looter yourself!
Looking for a guild group to run dungeons and/or heroics? “Is anyone running heroics?” or alternatively, “Are there any guild runs going on?” are NOT the questions you should be asking! These are perhaps the dumbest questions constantly asked in guild chat, and I’ll explain why.
The other day I posted a link to this blog on my Facebook page, and an old “friend” commented how playing WoW is a waste of time, and that everyone’s better off spending their time doing something more “meaningful”. Most gamers – not just WoW players – have probably heard this line at one point in their lives. Strangely enough, the “friend” who said this to me was a hardcore Starcraft fan, so was easy to take with a grain of salt. However, it’s common for those who don’t share our passion for gaming to simply misunderstand why we enjoy this pastime. Here’s a few ways to handle this sort of gaming intolerance from non-gamers the next time it happens to you!
DPS meters such as Recount can be incredibly useful to help you gauge your own level of damage output, and work on improving your DPS. However, they can also be incredibly annoying, and even downright misleading. In a perfect world (of Warcraft) we wouldn’t need to use a DPS meter. Unfortunately, DPS meters are here to stay. Here’s a few tips for dealing with people in Dungeon Finder without causing too much drama.
The other day a level 63 WoW guildmate lamented that he was having trouble finding a group for Blackwing Lair. He was upset because he had somehow convinced himself that he “needed” to do this dungeon for gear upgrades, and now wouldn’t be able to get any. Soon after, another guildmate “needed” gold for epic flying, but did not want to be bothered farming or questing. Yet another guildmate “needed” a Black War Mammoth mount and wanted us to do the work for him to get it. What do all these things have in common?
Almost every guild has that one person who is always filling up guild chat with messages about how “I need X item” or “I need X gold for my mount” or “Someone run me through X dungeon”. These types of people are not only irritating, but can be a hindrance to your guild. Here are a few tips for handling this special breed of menace!
5-man dungeons are a great way to gain experience, upgrade your gear, and improve your skills. One of the major headaches for dungeon finder groups is loot drama. Don’t let a misunderstanding ruin your dungeon finder experience, when you can resolve disagreements over loot with these simple tips.
Using a damage meter (such as Recount) can be extremely handy when you’re working on improving your DPS. Using it to spam your dungeon finder group and inflate your ego isn’t a great idea, though, and here’s why.
Leveling a tank through dungeon finder is easy. Assuming you know how to tank properly, that is. One click, no waiting in the queue – life is good. As a DPS, it’s a bit tougher. 20 to 30 minute queue times are a pain, and when the tank drops group, waiting for another tank just adds to the frustration. What’s even more upsetting, though, is the drama over DPS that really needs to stop.
Since the time I started this blog, a lot has changed in the World of Warcraft. Gone are the days of spending an hour assembling a 5-man dungeon group. Instead, you can just click a button and queue up with people across many realms. This has definitely changed the way we experience 5-man dungeons. The following are a few ways to get the most out of Dungeon Finder, with respect to leveling, obtaining gear upgrades, and your overall game experience.