At the level cap, most WoW players fall into one of three categories: casual gamers who aren’t concerned about the end game, raiders who have a dedicated team to run with, and aspiring raiders who want to raid but struggle to get into a group. Smaller and more casual guilds often face challenges getting a successful raid group together. Here are five of the biggest challenges to assembling a successful raid, and a few suggestions for how to overcome them.
Once you’ve reached level 85, you’re probably itching to get into a raid and get yourself some shiny new purples. However, there are several things you can (and should) do to optimize your character for your first raid. Whether you are just getting started, or looking to improve your character’s raid performance, here are a few general tips for properly preparing your character to be part of a Cataclysm raid group.
When fighting bosses in lower level dungeons, their health will usually drop so fast it won’t matter which abilities you use. Once you reach the higher levels, being able to maximize your DPS during boss fights becomes a lot more important. With the larger health pools of high level dungeon and heroic dungeon bosses, knowing what your cooldowns & procs are – and when to use your cooldowns – will make all the difference in a quick and easy boss kill.
In World of Warcraft you don’t always need a guild to raid. If you’re well prepared and can do a decent job playing your role, pick up groups – commonly known as PUGs – can provide a great way to get into a raid without the constraints of being in a raiding guild. Or even if you’re in a raiding guild, PUGs can provide a place for you to raid when you’re not involved in a guild raid. If you’re looking to join a PUG raid in WoW, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
I used to raid. I used to raid A LOT. The camaraderie of a good group working together to take down difficult challenges can be extremely enjoyable and rewarding. There’s a price to be paid in order to get that far, though – a price I am no longer willing to pay. Having started a casual leveling guild recently, and being asked “do you guys raid?” every so often, I had imagined that with so many people asking, surely we could get a raid together. However, I quickly learned that nothing could be farther from the truth.