Jov snarks: On RaidersOctober 10, 2008
There is a difference between casual and bad. Need that again? There is a difference between casual and bad.
I’m sick of people claiming to be one to excuse the other.
Casuals aren’t stupid. They know what their talents do, how to optimize their spec for their job, proper spell/ability rotations, etc. They bring consumeables. They read boss strats in advance.
Casuals are good players who maintain a life outside of WoW.
Casuals don’t want to raid 6-nights a week. They don’t want to spend all of their WoW-time farming. They’re less-concerned with spending hours with calculators and WWS reports to wring out that one more point DPS. They believe in bettering themselves, but don’t feel the need to get an aneurysm doing it.
Casuals are players who give 100% when raiding, but do not feel that raiding is the most important thing.
Don’t hide behind the “we’re casual” excuse if you aren’t willing to read the tooltips on your abilities or talents, or figure out how to spec and why. Basic knowledge of your class is not the sole responsibility of the hardcore and elitist.
Don’t claim to be casual if you can’t be bothered to bring consumeables and reagents, or even repair money. Sure, flasks are expensive. But you know what’s cheap? Buff-food, health and mana pots, and bandages. Not bringing them just means you’re bad, cheap AND lazy.
Being casual doesn’t excuse you from reading boss strats. Most bosses only have one or two things you need to know before fighting them. If you’re incapable of skimming a strategy, or even listening to the Raid Leader’s recap before the fight, you’re bad. Also, if you can’t manage “don’t stand in stuff that hurts you” you need to just quit raiding in it’s entirety. When it comes down to it, that’s what 90% of encounters are: get away from the crap that’s hurting you.
Don’t wave the casual flag because you’re lazy, or incompetent, or terminally incapable of improving yourself. You’re giving the real casuals a bad name.