Paying attention to me is more than just not standing in fire during raids or dungeons, it’s knowing who you’re playing with and knowing what they can and cannot do.
With the change to Valor Points in the last patch I’ve seen myself creeping back into Heroics, and I’m surprised by the lack of attention shown by a lot of the people I meet.
Or maybe it’s lack of knowledge, I don’t know.
For me, I like to have a general idea of what my group can do. I know which tanks have a proper AoE taunt (Druid, Warrior) and who has a limited one (Paladin) and who has none (Death Knight). I know which classes can silence/interrupt abilities, and which classes can CC which type of mobs.
When I zone into a dungeon I always check who is tagged as the healer and who is tagged as tank. I like to know who to stay within range of for heals and who to run to if I get aggro. I also make a mental note of who can silence and CC. (Though admittedly 98% of dps never seem to bother with silencing/interrupting spells.)
I don’t care if your dps is a bit on the low side. I care if you’re doing your job.
But I’m digressing – what I’ve noticed lately is that others don’t seem to be very aware of who they’re in a party with.
I’ve been asked to sheep things. Or CC ghosts. (I’m a Warlock, and I can do neither.) I’ve seen others being asked to do things they cannot do.
It doesn’t stop there. People don’t seem to even check who is the healer and who is the tank. (Healer I can possibly understand if there’s lots of ranged.. no wait I can’t understand that! Tank though… that’s the person running in and facepulling everyone – hopefully.. I’ve seen melee dps who seem to think they should be able to do so as well…)
The time that I probably found the most amusing was when I was on my Holy Paladin playing with my brother. We had a feral druid friend with us and got into a ZG with a dps DK and another feral.
They were quite horrible to be fair, their dps wasn’t much to talk about – but I don’t really care about that. What bothered me was that they didn’t silence the nasty Whispers on the first boss, and didn’t pay attention to not standing in the bad.
When we got to the raptor boss they both managed to die to the (very) avoidable damage he does on the ground. We eventually wiped since we had a bit of bad luck with my brother getting decapitated and the spirits all being dead due to the two dps being out of the game.
As we run back we had an “interesting” conversation.
Dps DK: Do you guys even know the fight?
Me: That’s an good question coming from the person who died to the avoidable damage.
Dps DK: Well at least I wasn’t nuking the boss instead of the raptor!
Me: Dude, I’m the healer – I’m not nuking anything.
Dps DK: At least I’m doing more dps than the other DK!
Me: Dude, he’s the tank. You really should be.
(Ironically he wasn’t doing more dps than the tank in most fights.)
I think what surpised me the most was the fact that he hadn’t realised who was tanking and who was healing. (Makes me wonder who he thought was tanking and healing since the only other people were the two feral kittys.)
Am I the only one who likes to know who is tanking and who is healing? Do you check out your group when you get into a dungeon or do you just get on with it?