This isn't a question of the things you do in game for the raid's success. We've all farmed mats for buffs and resistance gear, done dailies to pay repair bills and patiently given up our slots when the group needed another class. No, today's topic is about the efforts and sacrifices players make in the real world because the show must go on!
In the early days of Wrath, my guild was working on 25-man Malygos. For one reason or another, we were struggling. At the time, I was one of the top DPSers in the guild, knew the fight well and was helping the raid leader to coordinate our efforts. But the night we finally downed him, I was a little rumbly in the tumbly (I blame the Dragonbreath Chili), and as the wipes kept coming with no end in sight, my situation was getting dire. Despite our unsuccessful attempts, morale was up, as was the momentum, and I knew the kind of havoc an extended bio break could wreak on this fragile state of affairs.
Finally, I knew that I had to act, quickly, quietly, and with all the dignity I could muster (which is to say, little at any given time). While the rest of the raid was rezzing and running back, I swooped up my laptop and moved to a more porcelain seating arrangement just in time ... for the next attempt. To this day, my guildies have no idea where I was when we finally killed that damned dragon, nor why I suddenly sounded so echoey in Vent -- but for me, the ends truly justified the means.
So, WoW Insider readers, what have you done IRL to secure in-game success? Was it worth it, or did your efforts swirl down the drain?