The best way I learn things in video games is through experience. Reading and watching videos can only get me so far; to really understand how to do things, I have to go out and try it. That’s how I learned to heal, learned to raid, and learned to PvP. I just went out and did it.
However with many things, its very hard to just throw yourself out there with little previous knowledge. Queuing up for my first dungeon ever as a healer was pretty stressful. I had no idea what to expect, but more importantly I didn’t know how the other people would react to my admission of this being my first time. I’ve been in groups where people are totally supportive and I’ve been in groups where people tear me to bits because of my lack of knowledge.
A safe and hands on experience is the best way that I learn how to do something new. I observe all that is going on without fear of being ridiculed. Even better are the times when people explain portions to me. Everything new I’ve learned to do in this game has been through trying new things hands on, not reading about it online.
The same notion applies to learning a new raid.
I used to be able to hide in the crowd in LFR and learn the mechanics by watching what was going on. For SoO, I was able to take my LFR experience and successfully transition into actual raiding, getting all the way to Heroic (which was then called normal) Garrosh. I picked up my knowledge from the hands on experience in LFR and then felt confident to move up on the raiding difficulty scale.
Unfortunately, LFR is no longer difficult, which is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because LFR is even more of a safe environment to get hands on experience in. Because it is so trivial, LFR gives a lot of leeway for mistakes. But on the flip side of the coin, the LFR experience is so different from the rest of the raiding experience that I can no longer learn encounters in it. The only way I’ll know what to do, is if I join a normal raid.
You might think “Well, that’s not too bad! Normal raiding isn’t really hard!” and I would agreed. Unfortunately, that is not the mindset of most normal groups. They don’t want to bring along someone who is learning because it would slow them down. I would be a liability, so no normal group wants to bring me. And if they do happen to bring me, I get kicked almost instantly if I make any mistake, no matter how small. Normal is not a safe learning environment. It’s the real world, and all people care about it speed.
So this is where I’m stuck right now. I don’t have the knowledge or safe environment to learn the raids. And because of this, I have been completely unable to raid all expansion. I really do want to, but I do not have a group that will take me. My guild isn’t raiding for a bit (and besides, I’d want some experience going into that) and all my other friends who raid are horde.
I sort of guessed that this would become the case, I was just too blind to see that I would be affected by it. So right now I’m kinda stuck. I need what’s in the raids I can’t get into so I can get in said raids. Wicked catch 22 isn’t it? What would you guys suggest I try? And is anyone else encountering this problem?
Addendum: There was going to be a massive garrison article on Thursday but unfortunately, after an hour of typing, the whole thing froze up and crashed as I was trying to save it. Needless to say, I lost that entire article and the desire to rewrite it. Hence the end of the week posting!