The Daily Grind: What MMO teammate behavior drives you nuts?


Like many of you, I have had my fair share of pick-up group experiences in MMOs. These haven’t been all great or all terrible but rather ran a spectrum. I’ve jumped into (and right out of) groups with outright racists, but I’ve also encountered some terrifically lovely and funny folks.

Of course, PUGs are best-known for their idiocy, and I’m sure that I’m not alone in identifying some common behavior that drives me nuts. This can be something so benign, like the Always Jumping Rogue, to the wipe-effecting DPS who thinks that he is magically immune to alpha strikes.

What MMO teammate behavior drives you nuts? What do you wish other players would just cut out, already?

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Jon Wax

Anchors. Drag everyone down.


Quite the range of replies here. I don’t have an issue with many of the common complaints : rushers, out-of-role actions, jump spam, playing poorly, or loot greediness. Sometimes they might cause a knee-jerk reaction at first, but I step back and remind myself that it ultimately doesn’t matter. I find it fun to adapt to the situation instead of getting upset, since pugs have a wide range of players.

* rushers/skippers – Deal with by joining the rush, and replaying solo or checking wiki if curious about missed stuff. Generally, I favor the rushers/skippers to begin with, so its not that hard to pick up the pace to match them.
* out of role actions – Join in the out of role action for different experience, or take up the challenge of making it work. Its kind of fun as a healer to make the dps succeed at tanking, while the actual tank is complaining over chat. It varies by game but I have seen some amazing dps tank or healer tanks.
* jump spam – Jump with them! Build positive vibe instead of trying to change that player’s behavior.
* playing poorly/lazily – Take it as a challenge to carry that player. If I fail to do so, whatever, it was a challenge to begin with. If not in the mood to carry, then I just leave to find another group.
* loot greediness – If I truly don’t care for the loot, it doesn’t matter to me how greedy other people are. If I want it, I’ll roll too despite whatever weird rules or reasons other players have.

IMHO people who are truly bothered by rather common behaviors in pugs really should take the effort to form premades. If its not worth the effort to do so, then it is also not worth the effort to get upset over.

Matthew Martinez

The idiot who can’t decide what hero they want then grab an adc that they have no clue how to use. Or those who think they can carry the whole team and roam but then end up feeding smh


I got a friend I have played with for years, he uses voice with open mic, he has a real loud keyboard and likes to snack as he plays.

Oleg Chebeneev

Being so bad at the game that even I cant carry him

Castagere Shaikura

Grabbing loot for an alt when clearly a player in the group should get it. I really hate these people.


I hate rushers and skippers. Oh hey if we jump on these things just right to clip outside the dungeon path we’ll be 1mm outside the aggro range. 95% of the time not everyone can make the frame perfect jumps required and now the mobs have been pulled and the group has been split and people die and the people who got ahead refuse to come back and help those that died get to them, all in order to save 2 mins.

Kickstarter Donor

1. The guy in PUGs who says he/she has done it all and wants to rush through an instance at a million miles per hour, ignore all story and side stuff, spends the whole time telling people how to play their characters and expecting everyone just to go along with it. Also, the same person who if someone doesn’t go according to their whim and a wipe occurs they spit their dummy and quit on the first attempt.

2. The player who contributes practically nothing but is the first to loot and NEEDS on everything whether it’s useable or not…

3. The player who says yeah im up for the instance knowing its requires a specified amount of time to do and then spends almost the whole time afk or missing completely inconveniencing everyone else.

4. The player who says they want help but really just wants free stuff and/or power levelling.

5. The player who wants to play a part of the holy trinity yet seems to have NO CONCEPT of how it is meant to work and then either spend their time trying to tank as a DPS, or fail to manage aggro as a Tank, or spend the whole time healing themselves as a healer because they thought healers could dps… just aggravation all around.

There are undoubtedly more, but these five are big irritants.


Impatient players as Tomturtle And Bryan mention below. But within that large group there are subcategories.

1. Usain bolters: Have to run through a dungeon at break neck speed. They are the ones that start fights early. Skip mobs which are easily dealt with. And keep saying shit like ” Go! they’ll catch up!”

2. One Wipe Chumps: They quit groups if there is even a remote chance of a wipe.

3. Too Cool for School: They would rather berate than teach a new player.

And.. more than one can be in your PUG. Heh.

Deadly Habit

Abusing the @here or @everyone feature in guild discords for everything.