Interview With A WoW RaiderNov 30, 2014 | 1 Votes by Adeaphon 9 rate Today we are lucky enough to be able to interview a World of Warcraft player with a lot of experience in the end game raiding system. We asked him a few questions and we hope that this will give you a little more insight into raiding in general, but also the mind of a fairly serious player.
Firstly a little introduction, Yajinden has been playing since the Burning Crusade expansion and is currently less focused on raiding than he was, but is still part of a team and playing World of Warcraft.
Q: Thank you Yajinden for taking the time to answer a few questions for us, I think we will start at the beginning. What was it that first attracted you to World of Warcraft?
A: I have always enjoyed role-playing games in the fantasy genre; whether paper-based or on a PC. Up until I started playing WoW, all the games I played had a definite end to them (I never played Ultima or Everquest). The idea of a persistent world that never stopped while you were sleeping just seemed such a radical idea that I knew I would love it. Being familiar with the lore from the RTS games made it really immersive as well.
Q: What level of raiding have you completed in the past?
A: I was a relative late-comer to the game, I only started playing towards the end of The Burning Crusade with my first raid being Naxxramas in Wrath of the Lich King, and it is still my favourite in terms of atmosphere. In terms of accomplishment, Icecrown Citadel was probably the pinnacle. I was in a semi-serious raiding guild (ie: only 3 nights a week instead of 5) and we managed to get server 3rd on Heroic Lich King. I’ve cleared every raid since then and although nowadays it is with a much less progressive mind-set, I make sure that every tier is completed before the next one comes out.
Q: What are you currently raiding?
A: Siege of Orgrimmar has just ended, so now it is the lull before the storm of the Warlords of Draenor raids opening.
Q: What is it that attracts you to raiding so much?
A: The teamwork and camaraderie of playing with your friends aiming towards a common goal is probably the biggest factor, but for me it also ties back to the fundamentals of the fantasy genre: we are supposed to be heroes taking on the ultimate bad guys and saving the world.
Q: Do you set yourself goals to achieve, or to you play for the social elements?
A: I’m not a terribly goals-orientated person so I definitely don’t set myself targets to achieve in the game. I pretty much play to hang out with friends and have fun, although I do keep one eye on the end-game of completing the current tier. Having said that, I am also a compulsive collector and completionist, so I do spend a lot of time chasing achievements.
Q: What was your favorite raid, across all of the expansions and why?
A: Naxxramas in WotLK. The immersion in that raid was awesome. To me, it really felt as though you were invading the bad guy’s lair and taking the fight to him in his own fortress. ICC is a very close second for the same reason.
Q: And following on from that, which raid did you really dislike and why?
A: Crusader’s Coliseum was a massive disappointment. One room with no trash and just a series of bosses spawning didn’t feel like a raid at all.
Q: Do you have any advice for budding raiders coming up in the game?
A: Raiding is a massively enjoyable part of the game, but it is not for everyone. I would say that if you want to get into raiding find a guild that suits your mindset; some guilds take it a lot more seriously than others. If you want to do progressive raiding, then you need to be able to persevere in adversity. You have to keep trying even if the job feels impossible, because when you do succeed it feels that much better. Stay positive even when it’s going against you and all you want to do is scream.
Know upfront how much time you are prepared to put into raiding as well. This isn’t just the scheduled raid times but also the time and effort spent on developing your character and being prepared. There is a lot of practice and research that goes into being a successful raider. Two things I think are really key: know your class inside-out and be aware of those situational, rarely-used abilities that could make the difference between a kill and a wipe. Remember that you are part of a team and that there are things that you could be doing that might make it easier for the rest of the raid.
And secondly, come prepared. Don’t rock up expecting to be carried by the other players. That’s a certain way to find yourself kicked from the raid team. Turn up on time with the necessary mats (flasks, pots, food, etc.) and make sure you know the fights and mechanics. There is nothing more off-putting than wasting time in the raid while tactics are explained to a person who was too lazy to put the time and effort in himself/herself.
Thank you for taking the time to speak to us Yajinden, we wish you all the best for the future and that the new raids in World of Warcraft are as exciting and fun as you could wish for.