“It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.” – Sun Tzu, the Art of War
My most recent post to the DK got me thinking of the most essential skills of the raider. And I think it can boil down to 3 points.
1) Know yourself – this applies both to the player and the character. All classes have their own strengths and weaknesses. Research and *use* all the abilities of your character, know what your class can and can’t do and look into how other players adapt to those shortfalls. As for the player, look at logs, figure out where *you* as a player tend to make mistakes, so you might adapt for those in the long run. We all have blindspots, find yours as a player and learn how to adapt around or make yourself less blind to them.
2) Know your team – This is part of “knowing yourself,” if you have teammates that can take constructive feedback, talking to them about their own shortfalls can be immensely helpful to the team. This is not the “blame game,” this is “Hey, I noticed you tend to miss this, how can we/I help you out with that?” But also, if you have a specific raider struggling with their own blindspot, but are otherwise effective, sometime as a team, you can adjust around it.
3) Know your enemy – And in PvE, this also includes the environment, not just before, but during the battle. If you know what the bosses are going to do (or at least supposed to) and keep an honest assessment of the situation at all times, you should be able to adapt to any and all that is going on.
I really have been meaning to do this myself, but I always seem to keep so busy I never get around to it. I almost thing Arena would be a good thing for me to do, it focuses you on situational awareness, because you never know what to expect, unlike a PvE scenario.
What do you have?
Have I missed an “essential skill?”