Rogues and WoW Raiding – Destined to be Guildless?

On this morning’s WoW forum visit, I stealthed my way over to the General Discussion forums. The lament of the day is from a 70 Undead Rogue named, Gankurface. His chief concern is the availability of Rogue spots in WoW raiding guilds. You can view his post here: Rogues and Guild Recruitment.

 

Now, I could be an elitist jerk (their trademark, not mine), and point out the error of his ways (vendor gems are bad, mmmkay?), but I’ll refrain and hit on the real concerns of the Rogue raiding community and how Rogues find our place in raiding guilds.

 

Concerns, Challenges, and the Changes to the Raid Game

 

The first concern for the “I want to raid” Rogue is that the Rogue class in WoW offers no raidwide buff giving them no raid utility other than DPS. In TBC raiding, Rogues have had their spot as the top damage dealers challenged by Warlocks and Hunters depending on the encounter. There are several fights in end game raiding where an entire phase of a fight does not allow the Rogue to capitalize on the strength of being the strongest single target DPS class. This change can make for more interesting raiding, but lessens the raid usefulness of the class as a whole. Also, with the change from 40 man to 25 man raiding in the first expansion, the number of each class needed in a raid dropped dramatically. Most raiding guilds take a maximum of 2 rogues in any given raid which means there’s only bench warmer space for 1 to 2 rogues.

 

So how does a Rogue surmount these challenges? As one of the most played classes in the game, what can a Rogue do to grab that elusive, rare spot in a raiding guild? Here’s what I’ve learned during my stint as a raiding Rogue in TBC:

 

RR’s Quick Protips for Finding a Rogue Raiding Spot

-Know your class

Research, research, research. Being a raider is more than spamming your sinister strike key. You have to know the ins and outs of your class. Your best combat rotation, the game mechanics behind how your stats work, and what you should concentrate on for gear and consumables. Your best friend will be the Elitist Jerks forum (EJ).

 

Know it, love it. Become a legend. A rogue cannot afford to be mediocre. Being decent isn’t good enough, you have to be great. Make sure you are in PvE gear and fully gemmed and enchanted with PvE DPS gems and enchants before you even start applying to raiding guilds.

 

-Make friends

Is there a great rogue on your server? Study their gear on the armory. Ask well-phrased questions. Sure, they may turn out to be a jerk, or you may learn something. Go on PuG runs – 5 man dungeons, heroics, Karazhan, ZA, even Tier 4 & 5. There are lots of runs available as TBC raiding heads into the home stretch before Wrath of the Lich King is released. If you’ve studied the class and impress, you never know who might throw you a guild trial without apping.

 

Good luck out there Rogues. I know it can be a cold, cruel raiding world. With a little work however, you can become legendary. With or without Warglaives of Azzinoth.

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