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Breakfast Topic: It's lonely at the top


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Maybe some of you will understand where I'm coming from. I play a fury warrior, my favorite class that fits my playstyle in every way. I like to think of myself as a raging berserker painted in woad and the blood of my enemies. I'm a whirlwind of doom that will fight 'til his last dying breath against insurmountable odds.

But here is the problem that I'm facing: I'm number one in damage done and damage per second on nearly every fight. Now you may be thinking to yourself, "What's your problem? Doesn't that just mean you're doing your job?" Yes, it does -- but it also means that my raiding team isn't doing its job as well as myself. Now don't get me wrong, I've been with this team since I knew what end of the axe to even hold, and I consider all of them to be my friends. But I put in my time, got my gear, did my research and started topping the charts by an alarming amount. I thought that once I would get to this level of the game, I would have to struggle to keep my place among the elite, but that just isn't so. I don't see any of my fellow damage-dealers putting in the same effort that I'm putting in.

Now I'm faced with a decision. Do I stick with my friends and keep trying to motivate them to do better, or do I leave them behind and find myself a new guild with more competitive players? I've thought about this for quite some time and have discussed my feelings with our raid and guild leader, letting them know that I expect more out of my teammates and don't want to settle for "good enough." I think it's too late in the game to be switching guilds now, but if the trend continues come Cataclysm, I may need to find a new place to call home.

What do you think you would do if you were in the same position? Am I justified in expecting more out of my team? Would you ever leave your guild because you didn't feel like your raiding team wasn't meeting its true potential?

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