Manalicious: How To Build Your Teamwork

by on November 25, 2010

Vidyala’s got a year’s worth of experience of being in the thick of the action in a 10 man raid and has decided that now’s the time. She’s stepped back and put some thoughts down on – well, the ether – about good practice for a 10 man team. Good timing really, given it could be just what you or someone you know needs to read if you’re going in to any kind of group setting for Cataclysm.

That’s what makes Vidyala’s post great. Her post has 6 main points of things she thinks can improve your group’s performance and solidarity, but she explains all of them so well that you could easily apply some of her principles to other types of group play, too. Playing with a few friends? PvPing? 25 mans? Sure. Vidyala mentions some of these and how they all help a 10 man group get to know each other better, but as she says some of these ideas can work both ways, too.

Many raiders who opt to focus exclusively on ten person content do so because they want an intimate atmosphere. When you have just nine other people counting on you, and you spend twelve or more hours with them every week – you get to know each other pretty well. You’re there for the high points and the low; you share that tough kill you finally pulled off and the Vent channel erupts in cheers, or the boss you can’t down and so people rally around the forums to talk strategy, and figure out a way to make it happen

Her 6 points are all absolutely correct and really sound like they’ve come from someone who’s been aiming to perfect the art of 10 mans for a little while. Many of her points are built round the fact that a smaller raiding group has a cozier atmosphere, and she gives a lot of tips on how to include all the other members of your group. I’m really happy to see that she includes things about foestering environments for mistakes and making your group be flexible around peoples’ strengths.

Definitely a good read whether you’re leading or taking part in group content coming up – and Vidyala’s asking for feedback from folks with any type of team-play background. We’d be interested to hear what you reckon too – have you found her list useful, or would you run things differently?

Quote taken directly from Vidyala’s post

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Vidyala November 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Thanks so much for the recommendation, Rebecca! I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. It’s funny because guild leading and raid leading is something you can never execute perfectly. I’ve been doing ten-man raiding for a few years now but only with a pretty dedicated team since last year. I’ve worked on this post since then, and always held off on posting it because – “We just had that difficult with xyz player, so it would be hypocritical of me to tell anyone how to do things at this moment,” or “I haven’t been doing this well enough to write about it.”
Ultimately, I decided that’s a bit silly – I’m learning on the job as most of us are, I never claimed to be perfect, and I think some of the things are worth sharing and have really worked. For instance, our ex-GL was not nearly as quick to admit his own mistakes. I’ve seen a definite change in the guild’s attitude towards mistakes and acceptance of them since the “culture” has become to just admit them up-front.
Thanks again, I look forward to reading others’ thoughts. :)


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