Yesterday one of my guild mates hit 90 on a brand new character and we ran him through a heroic scenario so he could get the guaranteed 516 piece of loot. To many of us at this stage a 516 piece of gear is pretty crappy but to a fresh 90 that is a huge piece of gear to a brand new 90. As a guild we always help anyone out as soon as they hit 90 to drag them through a heroic scenario so they can do the heroic deeds quest and get a 516 item but that is not what I am talking about asking if you are considerate of others.
It was something that popped up while doing that scenario, and some others following it, that made me wonder about the difference in people. He joked around about bringing his new 90 to the raid this week because he thinks he can really get into playing the class. I said, not doing 30K you won't, even if we can carry you.
It did not start any drama because he was only joking but there are really some people out there that expect to be invited to the raid doing no better than that same 30K. The person in question is an outstanding player, I even pass many raid leading duties over to him because he is good at handling them, like calling out interrupt rotation which makes for one less thing that I have to deal with. Even this late in the expansion with people whoring meters for ranking he still had top 10 ranks on every fight in siege which is impressive in its own.
So if I were to carry him I know that he is the type of player that it would be worth the return on investment. He might be doing 30K now but once he gets some gear it would be doing great because he is a skilled and dedicated player capable of doing so.
The three of us started talking about what we expect to be doing before we go into random content like the LFR. I said that with timeless gear I would expect everyone to be able to do, at the worst, 50K DPS, even on a class they do not know well. I then went on to say I would still feel bad to even bring a character doing that into anything higher than MV LFR.
We laughed a little because most LFRs, even for SoO 4, which has the highest requirements, 50K would probably still get me 10th in most groups. I ended up saying I wanted to be able to do 100K minimum before I was LFR ready and would still feel bad. One of the other people said he likes to be able to do 150K at least before he steps into the LFR because even if he is on a new character he always feels he needs to cover for someone else slacking. The third person, with the new 90, said he will bring this character into the early ones and get some practice at it and then depending on how he was doing he might continue along. He said he expects to be able to do 80K-100K by weeks end. Even if he does not get much, or any, gear. He figures just with some practice, some timeless gear, and some enchants, 80K should be attainable. I agreed.
We all came to the same conclusion. We all try to do at the least a minimum before we will inflict ourselves on others. When we are on classes we are not well versed on, not well geared on, and not knowledgeable enough on, we set a minimum standard for ourselves of what we believe to be the acceptable performance level before we enter random content.
It really did not seem like a big deal when we talked about it but it made us wonder why it seems that no one else seems to ever attempt to do the bare minimum. I personally just think of it as being considerate of others. They are using the free time to help me gear my lesser geared character and even if I do not know them I believe I owe it to them, being they are spending the time on me, to at least try to do my best.
I consider this to be an act of being considerate of my fellow player. Just like I would never stop to pick an herb I saw someone land on and get attacked. It is their herb, they can finish their fight and have it. I would not subject an extremely sub par me on a random group of strangers even if I will never see them again. I just would feel wrong if I did not even try and it seems the other two I was talking to felt the same way.
What about you? Are you considerate of others and at least try your best or do you just think, screw it, even if I suck I need the gear so I am going?