The Daily Grind: Do you take the lead in MMO groups?

    
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The Daily Grind: Do you take the lead in MMO groups?

There are many different sorts of leaders in group content. There are the people who are “leaders” in the sense that they set the pace and communicate with the team, but they aren’t pushing people to do things. There are people who are writing out a long enough list of commands to create an entire novel. And there are people who think that having a little indicator of being the party leader makes you the unquestioned lord and master of the group. This is true in pretty much every game.

But today, we’re not asking about your leadership style (no one ever says “I’m an imperious dillweed who isn’t half as good as I think I am” in response to that, after all). No, today we just want to know if you are a leader. After all, if a party in Final Fantasy XI has one leader, it by definition has five followers. So do you take the lead in MMO groups? Do you gravitate in that direction? Or do you much prefer to be the one doing the following?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Yes, I like to play tanks, so I just kind of naturally end up in that role a lot of the time. I’m comfortable with it because I’ve mostly realized it boils down to patience, especially with randomly matched groups. But I don’t clamber for a leadership role when it’s not automatically bestowed upon me. Three tanks who all keep provoking the same enemy in FFXIV’s 24 player raids? That’s like a little slice of hell for me. I will always back down and let the other two get the irritated comments from melee DPS. As far as non-matchmade groups, I often wind up in that seat because I don’t mind doing the little things like sending out invites or recruiting, ready checks, queueing up for the specific fight, etc.

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Robert Basler

I lead from time to time in GW2. Mostly that means I tell people what the trick is so that they don’t die. The tag is quite helpful when you need a group to help you do something.

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John Artemus

Depends on the game. In most MMOs, I’m a mindless DPS. I’ll just follow the tank and stab, shoot or nuke whatever needs to be stabbed, shot or nuked while not standing in bad stuff. But in games like FFXIV and SWTOR I’m more vocal for differing reasons.

In FFXIV, boss mechanics can be a little tricky, even in normal mode. So if we get a pop-up at the start of the dungeon that says someone hasn’t run it before, I’ll throw out tips and be more helpful. Until I myself die. In which case I just say, “See what I did there? Don’t do that.”

In SWTOR, I find the community is very much used to running all the flashpoints (dungeons) solo and they don’t spend too much time doing group content. So, in most cases, I find I have to lead the whole group and tell everyone everything constantly. It gets a bit tiring.

So again, it depends on the game and the situation.

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nobleeinherjar

If I’m tanking or somehow am the only person that knows the content, I take the lead. But in larger group content like raids, I’m happy to sit back and let other people have that responsibility.

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Dug From The Earth

In small groups – Yes. Its worth my time and effort to do so, because the group being a chaotic mess and failing and stumbling around would waste more of my time.

In large groups – No – Too much effort and time would be required of me. Just not worth it.

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Ben Stone

Begrudgingly. I would rather sit back and derp as DPS, but I usually have to lead others through it, or figure out the strat.

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Pandalulz

Let’s call it leading through delegation, like a true manager, or the blind leading the blind, whichever works. I’m the tank, so I guess I’ll dictate the speed we move at, but that doesn’t mean I know what I’m doing in an encounter I’ve never been in. I’m the guy with the attitude of, “Alright guys, let’s do this thing! What is it we’re doing again? Somebody tell me so we can get it done.”

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Makhiel

In GW2 I tend to put on a mentor tag fairly often but that’s leading in the sense of leading people somewhere. Telling people what to do is like herding cats in my experience, so I usually don’t bother.

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Toy Clown

I’m a reluctant leader. I’ve gotten into many groups where no one knew what they were doing and stood around hoping someone took the lead. My time is valuable to me, so I’ll start asking questions to figure out who has the most knowledge for what we’re doing, and if that person happens to be me, I’ll lead a group. If I’m playing a healer, I like to give warning when we’ll get into an area that gets me killed a lot when other players don’t watch their health! If I see DPS pulling agro off of the tanks, I’m quick to jump in, too. If people are stubborn or think they know better, I’m also happy to let them die and kick them if they keep doing it.

To me, grouping is about collaboration and hopefully having the same goals of getting through the game content and I can be a little impatient, or unforgiving when it comes to people who don’t want to play along to make the group a pleasant, fun experience. That impatience and unforgiving nature is why I don’t like to lead, but I will in a nutshell.

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Mark

Depends. If I’m in a duo group with just my wife, then I tend to lead, as I am comparatively more aggressive and impatient than her. But if it’s a large group or raid, I like to be a follower, because I find it more relaxing, and for me that’s part of why I play games – to relax.