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Public Service Announcement

December 8, 2008

We have all had our share of bad pugs. We suffer through them, we might quit early because of them or we might (unwittingly) be the reason for it to be a “bad” pug in the first place.

To keep the latter from happening to any of you, gentle readers, I provide you with this list of pug etiquette:

  1. Bring consumables. This includes food, water & potions without question and ammo/reagents if your spells/class require them. You should have enough to last you through whatever your group is running.
    • Use the consumables.

  2. Be repaired. Be at 100%. Periodically throughout my playing session I repair when possible, but I always repair and restock at the end of every night, so that I am always ready when I sign on the next day. Make a habit of it.
  3. Meet at the stone. Don’t sit around waiting for a summon. Common courtesy dictates that you make an effort to get to the instance’s meeting stone as soon as you join a group for an instance. This speeds up the process of getting there, getting in and getting out. Don’t be the one tooling around on your flyer looking for ore/herbs while the rest of your party makes an effort.
  4. Be present. Be sure you can commit to the time it takes to run your instance or finish whatever you’ve joined to do, allotting time for possible wipes. Furthermore, don’t constantly afk. If you do need to afk (we all need to have a bio break once in a while) take one at a good time – perhaps right before or after a boss pull and be sure to let your party know.
  5. Discuss loot rules. This makes everyone’s lives easier. Don’t argue about it after you loot a boss and nothing can be done about the situation. See if you have an enchanter – know what they’ll do for the loot. Discuss need/greed rules.
    • Don’t be selfish.

  6. Do not link meters. This is (to me) a strictly pug-etiquette item, as guild runs may use meters to assess things. But (almost) nothing is more annoying than someone constantly linking meters. It always only serves to stroke their e-peen and they only ever appear if that particular person is on the top. In related items, celebrating a new high on a crit is fine, but constantly announcing every crit you make? Not so much.
  7. Let the tank pull. Something I don’t think should be explained. 99% of the time it should always be the tank, unless s/he asks for a misdirect.
  8. Run back on a wipe. As a healer, this is my rule: We all wipe, we all run. Nothing grinds my gears more than when we all wipe and there’s one person who stays dead. They just wait, taking it as their due that healers will res them. Now don’t get me wrong, if only I die or perhaps one other person, I’ll run back and res. But blatantly being lazy is just rude. Also: when you are ressed, eat/drink until you’re at full health and mana. It is not my job to babysit you to full health. If you see other people eating and drinking, join in. Eating is fun as a social activity. (See first item.)
  9. Communicate. This is such an important item. This can make or break a pug, more so than any other item on this list. You can have a group full of completely competent people, but without communication, it just goes to hell. Tanks, let your group members know what the marks mean and if they are assigned to a job. Crowd control, let the group know when/if your mob is loose. If you see a patrol, call it out.
    • If you’re not sure of a strategy, ask. Floundering around dying again and again on a boss because you’re too proud to ask for help only raises repair bills. It’s ok to ask questions and learn, and hopefully someone will politely inform you. If you know a helpful tip for an encounter, share it. Don’t whine later that no one knew it, while you’re all on a corpse run. As they say, sharing is caring and knowledge is power. (Cheesy, but they’re both true.)
  10. Have patience. Sometimes if you’re running with a group of people you’ve never met before, the synergy is off. It may take more than one time to get a boss down. Be patient and keep a cool head. As long as there is progress each time, it’s not a failure.
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7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2009 8:31 PM

    […] own post about PuG basics quite a while ago.  *rummages through archives* Aha!  Here it is – my Public Service Announcement, the only reason I have the “Guide” category (and why it’s singular instead of […]

  2. March 23, 2009 8:31 PM

    […] own post about PuG basics quite a while ago.  *rummages through archives* Aha!  Here it is – my Public Service Announcement, the only reason I have the “Guide” category (and why it’s singular instead of […]

  3. March 23, 2009 8:31 PM

    […] own post about PuG basics quite a while ago.  *rummages through archives* Aha!  Here it is – my Public Service Announcement, the only reason I have the “Guide” category (and why it’s singular instead of […]

  4. March 23, 2009 8:31 PM

    […] own post about PuG basics quite a while ago.  *rummages through archives* Aha!  Here it is – my Public Service Announcement, the only reason I have the “Guide” category (and why it’s singular instead of […]

  5. March 23, 2009 9:21 PM

    I agree completely with #8.Yes, a priest can resurrect folks. But if we all died, that means we all need to run back. I don’t know who told these peeps that they can just lie on the ground (whilst their human counterpart grabs a sandwich) and the priest will rez them.Sickening!

  6. Jack permalink
    March 23, 2009 11:57 PM

    I play a Frost DK tank with my brother who plays a Tauren tree. It’s works nicely because it’s usually not too hard to find three dps for whatever instance we’d like.For some reason, my brother, the healer, likes to link meters. I think he just gets a kick out of his .1% damage that he managed to rack up by moonfiring a rat. Or maybe it’s just a guy thing. The collection of addons he downloaded comes with a tool for it . . . be kind of a shame not to use that tool.

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