One of the new features coming out is to allow people to form a raid group with people through real ID cross servers for Battlegrounds, classic dungeons and raids, as well as LFR. You can join x-server 5 mans in LFR through real ID now, but the change will let you bring more people along,
It’s natural to have some form of favoritism to people you know, like, want to impress, want them to like you. Even when trying to be fair on the 5 man dungeon levels when there are people from the same guild running it they might look out for each other more, heal more often, be more forgiving of stupid stuff, encourage silly stuff – eg I’ve been instances where I have had to heal 2 tanks because the two people who knew each other thought it would be funny to try to compete with each other over who the tank was going to be. When I asked who was tanking I was told it was my job to heal. When crap goes down, and people are dying you may heal your friends a little more than the random. You might be more attentive of the healers mana if the healer is your friend, defend your friend when the group wants to kick him because he has dc’d. You also might give your friend that piece of loot that they need/want .
I understand wanting to help someone more than wanting to ‘hurt’ them
Why should I give a crap about the Mage that told the Tank to suck his appendage because he pulled before the tank and got called on it, Not only was he rude, he wasn’t playing by the ‘rules’. He could iceblock, and then it becomes the tanks job to fix his mistake, Then an offtank who convince the raid to kick *such and such* because of low dps ( when it was the main tank he wanted kicked) I can only imagine that his motivations where to get the main tank position and possibly roll on the loot the tank would have ( main tank had been a DK too) Or maybe he just didn’t like him.
You get a lot more power as a group then you do as an individual.
When it’s 3 rogues and 2 druids from the same guild and server, trying to kick half the raid in a LFR you can see that there might some under-tow of interest, and that they at least know each other because they are all in the same guild. They were found out, and people started clicking no to the raid kicks.
Its gets a little difficult when it’s people on the same realm, but different guilds, and you need to look closer at interactions to determine if they know each other.
But when you add different server, and different guild, and they aren’t shouting greetings in raid chat ” Oh Hai, fancy meeting you here” then you have no idea who is in cahoots with each other.
And the conspiracy to hoard and swap gear, or kick people they don’t want in the guild is less transparent.
The upside is you will never know.
The downside is you don’t then have the choice to leave, take the 30 min debuff and chance it with another group.