Jan 242012


Photo-Receptor Focus on: Raiding Etiquette

by Maer

More and more players are hitting endgame in SWTOR and raiding is becoming a topic of discussion more frequently.  With so many new MMO players, the term “Raiding Etiquette” has come up several times in the last few days.

More after the jump…

Some players have expressed an interest in raiding, but are worried they won’t know what to do.  So they don’t even try.  Today we’re going to chat about “Raiding Etiquette”.  Maybe some of you will give raiding a try and not feel as lost.

First, you need to decide what kind of raider you want to be.  For our purposes, let’s look at four basic categories.

Super Casual Raider – raids once or twice a month.  Usually doesn’t have time for more.  May be super experienced or have none at all.

Casual Raider – raids once or twice a week.  Likes the raiding experience and progression, but has more patience than the next two groups.  No pressure, emphasis on fun.

Progression Raider –  raids two-three times a week.  Needs progression or gets bored.  Wants everyone in their group to be prepared and know how to raid.  They can be helpful to a newbie – if someone learns fast.  (This is the group I belong to and knowing Raid Etiquette is a must with this group.)

Hardcore Progression – raids four to seven times a week.  Wants progression, few wipes and server firsts.  Often works harder at raiding than they do at their jobs.  Usually don’t have any patience for newbies.  This group includes the theorycrafters who have things figured out to the Nth degree and are usually a guild’s go-to raiders.  (I actually used to raid hardcore, but I was never one of the super players.)

If you’re new to raiding, you want to start out easy.  Find a group of people that is willing to work with a newbie and be honest about being new.  Don’t try to pull off that you are an experienced raider if you aren’t because everyone will know it in about five seconds.  Seriously.

OK, you’ve got your group and you’re going to finally get to raid.  Before you raid, you need to get your gear as high as you can from flashpoints, the market, commendations and fellow guildmates.  The better your gear, the better your survivability rate.

Next comes the Raiding Etiquette part.  This is important for all types of raiders because these are the things that traditionally waste time.  Time is a valuable commodity, in life and ingame and no one likes to wait while someone does these things, so do them in advance.

Remember, going afk for only three minutes is three minutes of waiting for fifteen other people.  That’s a long time for people who are aware of fractions of seconds.  (Those cast times that show 1.73 seconds for a cast?  That .73 can seem very long in a boss fight.)  So be considerate.  And be prepared.

1.  Read the strats/watch the vids on the fights, so you know what is expected.  Even if they make no sense in the beginning (they won’t), it will make sense once you get ingame and see it for yourself.

2.  Have a supply of at least ten medpacks and get the stimpacks that persist through defeat.  (Yes, you will die.)

3.  Repair your gear and have enough credits to repair your gear after several defeats, several times.  My first night in operations cost me over 60,000 credits in repairs for Light Armor.  I got off cheap.

4.  Be online, in your VOIP raiding channel and outside the operations door at least fifteen minutes prior to raid.  That means make sure everything in your RL routine is handled before raid.

5.  Listen to your Ops Leader.  Pay attention to what they’re saying.  Do not volunteer your info/stratgey/opinion, except as a PM/whisper/tell to the Ops Leader.  No matter how much you know.  Just.  Don’t.  Do it.

6.  If you have a question, ask it!  If you are unclear, let the Ops Leader know.  The only stupid question is the one you didn’t ask.

7.  During the fight, do not talk over your VOIP channel, if you are DPS.  That needs to be kept clear for your tanks and healers to communicate.  Trust me, healers know when people are low on health and when someone dies.  Unless you are a tank or healer yourself, don’t report it.

8.  Do NOT go afk during a fight.  In fact, avoid going afk at all, except during official operation breaks.  If you absolutely must go afk, let your Ops Leader know.  Most ops will break for people, so just wait unless it’s a RL emergency.  (Emergencies do not include getting a drink,  snack, chatting on the phone.)

9.  There will usually be a specified repair break, so don’t go off on your own.  The Ops Leader knows when repairs are needed, so trust them.

There’s a lot more, but these are the basics.  Follow these suggestions and they will see you through your first operations.  Best of luck and happy raiding!

As always, this is just my two credits.  Feel free to post your opinion or ask questions.


  4 Responses to “My Two Credits: Raiding Etiquette”

  1. Very nice article!! Thank you!!

  2. This is all good stuff. I honestly think the ‘wasting others’ time’ bit should be framed and gifted to all raiders everywhere, ’cause it’s something we all need to keep in mind from time to time.

    I would, perhaps, add a few comments – mostly related to my own personal pet peees, admitedly – about receiving and giving criticism during a raid. It’s mostly a non-issue in the first two categories of raiders (or it should be), but we all know that when people are eager to progress quickly, tempers can sometimes flare and no one wants to be stuck settling arguments when there’s precious raid time a wastin’.

    For one, I think people should be aware that, if they think the performance of any of the members of the raid is a problem that’s not solving itself, the way to point this out is in a tactful whisper to the raid leader. If possible, not during the raid itself. And secondly, if you’re told you’re doing something wrong, you should never go on the defensive straight away. Mull it over, see if they’re right and and if by the end of the raid you still think you’re doing everything as you should be, then bring your very reasonable argument to your raid leader. Never – ever – put the raid on hold to debate whether or not those three deaths were just bad RNG and not at all your fault.

    Ooh, also – and totally unrelated – always make sure you know what the system being used to distribute loot is beforehand. If you’re unsure, ask. By actually going into the raid and helping to kill stuff, you’re essentially agreeing to whatever system it’s used.

    /2credits ( XD )

  3. I completely agree with your additional comments. During the raid is not the time to hash things out. Again, that messes up the raid time for everyone else. That is also probably the hardest thing to do. 🙁

  4. Great points added and thanks for posting them. I probably need a part 2 on Raid Etiquette, but hopefully all these ideas will help the new raider feel better about jumping in. 🙂

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