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Does the New Dungeon Finder Discourage Communication?   15 comments

Like many people this weekend, I spent a good deal of time utilizing the new dungeon finder tool.  I did groups with all my characters from Beru to Tsuname.  Some I did as complete PuGs, and some Brade joined me as a tank and we just had to PuG DPS.  Overall, my groups have been fairly solid, with just a few hiccups, and I’ve only had to place 3 people on ignore. But I have noticed one thing: more often than not, the groups never say a single thing to each other.

I really do like the dungeon finder tool, and it is quite clearly very popular.  But I wonder if it has taken some of the socialization out of what is supposed to be a social game.  It is a little bit disconcerting to enter into a group and never even get so much as a “hello” or “good evening” before you get down to business.  I understand that people aren’t necessarily there to shoot the breeze, but would a little bit of social courtesy be such a bad thing? Read the rest of this entry »

An Aversion to Druid Healers…wha?!?!   7 comments

A commenter on a post Spinks wrote on What Tanks Really Think of Healers made the following comment, which really got my branches in a twist:

As a tank, I have an aversion to druid healers. Maybe I’ve just had bad luck, but I’ve only had any success with one or two druids healing me. Every other time has been a failure. I’ve heard and read many times that druids are fantastic tank healers, even able to keep up multiple tanks at once. I haven’t seen it though.

Sadly, this is not the first time I have heard this kind of story with regard to druid healers.  So it got me to thinking.  In the reference above, the tank is clearly blaming the resto druid class for the failures he has experienced.  Well…what if it’s not the healer’s fault?  What if the real problem is the tank not understanding the strenths and weaknesses of his healer and then making adjustments to help play to his healer’s strengths?

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