I have to admit, that when I first rolled a character, I was shoehorned into tanking for the rest of my friends. Not really by choice, but what was necessary at the time. I read up on how to tank, how to gear etc, pretty much self taught. I had never grouped with anyone not in my guild. As a consequence, I did miss a lot of the dungeons at the Blizzard put into the game.I do regret it, because eventually I worked up the nerve to volunteer to tank my very first PUG.... in Shadow Labyrinth. I had never grouped with total strangers before, and I wasn't a particularly competent tank then (or now, I suppose). Luckily though, I had a patient group, willing to "show me the ropes" as it were when pugging. And I had a blast. It was much more fun than any other previous guild run I had done before. I learned a lot of things about how to tank (in particular, the usage of mouse-turning on Murmur... had an amusing moment when the rest of the group led me in running lines to see if I could do it)... have to say that was the best group experience I've had. And sad that I missed the opportunity to do it earlier in my career.Now, I pug a lot, and try to share as much experience with newcomers as others have shown me (not that there are much at lvl 80), and I have yet to thank those individuals in completely changing my WoW experience.
Thank You for this terrific post!I want to express my gratitude and relate my epiphany in kind to the author of this work. Kudos! I now far better understand exactly what a PUG is and the role respectively in determining in either a rousing success or a total disaster. I can now better represent my character and be a far better player as a result. All too often we all have had our share of the disaster scenario...... and now that there is a bright spot at the end of this tunnel through the wisdom, experience and foresight of a seasoned veteran.Ho, Mitakuye Oy'asin!
Sadly, I've had some bad experiences with PUG's, and even with my guild. I usually point out things I realize about a dungeon or boss fight or the like that I think could help, but I usually get scolded because they already know. That's not to say I avoid PUG's. I'd say 95% of anything I run, be it dungeon or raid, is a PUG, simply because I live on the east coast, while my guild is primarily west coast, and central. That, in addition to school, prevents me from doing any raiding except on friday and saturday, in addition to Sunday before nightfall comes around. I'd probably leave the guild, as most of the members are married and 25+, and as a result look down upon me as a small child for being a mere 16, but the friends I know irl that play also play on this server, and they're more in my guild's good graces, so I'm at a bit of an impass. But I digress. i completely agree, any group where we can talk comfortably always goes well. The only real problem I have is that as a dps, I seem to run into a lot of players that reject my advice or ideas out of hand because I'm a "huntard" so I can't be right.That aside, I'm going to go run a heroic or two tonight just because I read this. =)