“This ain’t no team! Ya’ll are bunch of individuals. All ya’ll!”
--Coach Benton (Jong's high school linebackers coach)
I hesitated writing a response to Tanks and Healers Should Get The Biggest Rewards, because I thought it was either an obvious sarcastic post or an attention-drawing troll post.
Now I’m convinced that the author really believes the stuff he wrote.
To the extent he didn’t vomit all over the monitor after reading "they’re just meat in the room", I have serious doubts whether Matticus has a firm grasp on the concept of teamwork.
Raiding: It’s a Team Sport. You're damn right it is.
Anyone can provide a textbook definition of team, but not everyone actually understands the power and fragility of a team.
Do you know why so many so-called “progression raiding guilds” can’t progress even with all their time, gears, and skill?
It’s because those guilds have at least one Prima Donna who believes his role/efforts/time is more significant than those of others.
All it takes is ONE. All it takes is one guy to blurt out stupid shit like “[I am] the heart and soul of the group” to hose the entire raid’s vibe. He doesn’t even have to say it. All he has to do is think it and the raid is done—it’s no longer a team; it's a bunch of individuals.
A bunch of individuals will wipe on Dalaran Squirrel. Barney (that's what I named him) will shellac them with pride-obliterating bitch slaps.
Gears will drop. Skill cap is readily obtainable for the willing and the initiated. However, understanding and demonstrating appreciation for teamwork is a daunting task that many fail to complete within their life time.
"Thanks for everyone's comments... let’s not make a mountain out of a mole hill!"
By asking the readers whether we agreed or disagreed, Matticus implied there's a room for discussion on the topic.
Think of it this way: If Spitfire submitted that article as a part of his application to your guild, would you consider his candidacy seriously?
You know what my Warrior Tank GM would have done? He would have made the biggest fucking mountain out of molehill so he can crush his nuts with the mountain then give him a ginvite so he can gkick him on the spot.