Raiding 101

Or how to make sure your raid leader doesn’t want to murder the huntard.

There are lots of huntards out there. Frankly, I hate that word, but it fits. I’ve raided with some really bad players before, and to be honest it’s pretty easy to be a bad hunter. There’s a lot of stuff going on, you’ve got a crazy amount of buttons to push — and in the right order, and of course, don’t stand in fire, black void zones or anything else trying to eat your feet.

Here are some pretty basic things to know about raiding, and what you should do.

  1. Study up! If you’re starting on a new boss, or trying something you’ve never seen before, read strategies. Watch videos. Talk to other raiders who have done it before. All of things will make you more prepared then walking in on that boss blind. Plus side: you won’t be wasting your raid leader’s time by making them explain every fight. Google is your friend.
  2. Come prepared! If you’re raiding stuff that’s not on farm, or is something you might have to do a couple attempts on, you should have a Well Fed buff and a flask on.  No time to farm? Use the Auction House. You’ll pay more, but at least you won’t be wasting 24 other people’s time by not being the best you possibly can be.
  3. Know your class. I know this is something that takes quite a bit of time, and some practice. Really give it your all though, and if you’re not sure of something, ask. Most raiders would be happy to help you not fail on the next attempt you’re making instead of spending another 15-20 minutes trying to find a replacement.

As a Hunter, here’s some things you should always do in a raid:

  1. Know who the tanks are, and Misdirect frequently. Having your tank targets for raid frames close to your MD button helps — so do macros. I highly encourage both.
  2. Use all of your tools. Are you dealing with adds that go everywhere? Frost Trap to save the day! Are you dealing with a caster who always gets heals or buffs? Use Tranq Shot. Do you have to kite something? Distracting Shot for the win.
  3. Watch your threat meter, and Feign Death when you come close to pulling aggro. Your healers and tanks will thank you.

Here’s some raiding no-no’s

  1. Don’t overtalk your raid leader. Just because you think you know better than the people who are running the show, doesn’t mean you should just try to take over. Offer suggestions, never be disrespectful.
  2. Don’t misdirect anyone to be funny. Really, people hate this. Don’t do it.
  3. Don’t leave your pet on aggressive. How awful would it be if your pet pulls a boss when you’re not even done with trash yet?

If you have any other tips and tricks you’d like to add to this list, feel free to leave them in comments.


4 responses to Raiding 101

  1. As a raid leader I'd rather the hunter ate a fish feast than went without.

    It's still 80AP when all is said and done and while its not as optimal as 40agi or 40arp it's at least worth eating.

    I'd also add in raiding no-nos
    4. Don't spam guild chat with what you hope drops or talk so much about loot or whine when you lose a roll. Nobody likes a loot whore.

  2. Another really important part is to bring a pet that will help the raid by either buffing raid group or debuffing target.

    • I totally agree and it's a wonderful role we can now bring to a raid group. There is a WONDERFUL addon called Raid Checklist and it is my new best friend. I re3commended it to my guild leader and we both run it as raid leaders. This addon lists every single available buff/debuff, cc, interrupt, knockback that is available in game. It then tells you who is bringing what and what is available from the current raid composition. There is also detailed listings of what class/spec brings a particular buff/debuff AND lists the actual spell/attack. Its great and I recommend it to all my guild mates!

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