You know you they are: the ones who have been around since vanilla WoW. You might have a few in your raiding guild. I bet that some of them are amongst your best players-the tank that has been staring at boss crotch since Molten Core probably has a solid idea of how to play his class. Even if they’ve switched mains since then, chances are they have a solid grasp on the game as a whole. They’re Old Hats. Know and love your Old Hats.
Skipping over the solid “middle” you find the…other end of the spectrum. They joined later in the game, when their friends or co-workers were wrestling with SSC. Maybe they leveled fast enough to join in some, being power leveled…or maybe they just poked along at their own speed, and weren’t max-level by the time Wrath hit but have caught up now. Regardless, Wrath Naxx was their first real raiding experience.
…yes. Wrath Naxx was their first real raiding experience.
Ha! Now you’re tackling some “real” content. The stress is on. Yes, you really DO have to move out of that fire…void zone…pokeball…eyebeam. No, don’t drag the eyebeam through the casters! They may be good DPS, but they’re not great DPS. Or heals. Or tanks. Their level of awareness still sucks. All the research in the world simply won’t help them hone the skills they required…
…so you drag them with you and cross your fingers and watch the failbot count rise.
They will learn…the same way you learned…through blood, sweat, tears, death threats, and repair bills.
In the meantime, of course, you run away from them as they drag eyebeams to you and sigh. “Noob.” They will learn though! …right?
You look at one of your Old Hats. You know, the one still doing that thing that went out of vogue back when there was no such thing as a raiding ret pally? That holy priest who wants to spam Greater Heals on the main tank?