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.
The fastest way to level up a character in WoW is to simply follow the path the developers have laid out for you: Outland at 58, Northrend at 68, and Cataclysm areas at 80. Raids and heroic dungeons are typically saved for the max level of 85, since their level 60, 70 and 80 counterparts do not provide notable gear upgrades and XP for leveling the way the new expansion content tiers do. However, the fastest route is not the only route to 85! Here’s a few reasons to take the road less traveled while making your journey to the level cap.
If you’ve spent any time with trade chat open, you’ve probably seen a raid group asking prospective raiders to link the achievement proving they’ve already completed the raid. You may also have noticed that they ask for a higher item level of gear that is necessary to complete the raid. As frustrating as this may be for someone looking to learn the raids, though, there’s a very good reason for this.
Many WoW players want to raid as soon as they reach the level cap. However, once you reach level 85, your preparation has just begun. This article may sound negative in nature, as it should. Most people who want to raid really have no clue what they are in for! Here’s a short list of some things to keep in mind to help you determine whether raiding is really something you want to get involved in once you’re at maximum level.
If you’re looking to raid WoW’s endgame content, chances are you’re going to be looking for a raiding guild. While it’s possible to raid without a guild, it’s a lot trickier. Pick up groups in trade chat demand gear and experience, and while it’s easy to get the gear – the experience is often more easily obtained through being part of a dedicated raid team. Here are a few ways you can find a raiding guild that’s a good fit for you!
WoW raids can be a lot of fun. Mastering a new boss fight, and getting epic gear can both be rewarding. Whether you’re in it for the gear, or just for the experience, raids can also be extremely frustrating if you’re with an unprepared group. For this reason it’s common for raid leaders to be rather strict on who they bring to raids. All you need to do is spend five minutes in your server’s trade channel to see “PST ilvl and link achievement.” It’s extremely difficult to get into a raid unless you’ve already completed the raid! This is uncannily similar to how it’s often difficult to get a job unless you have experience doing that job. If everyone demands experience, and very few are willing help you obtain that experience, this begs the question – isn’t WoW just another rat race?