An interesting dynamic happens when the person recognised as the main raid Leader isn’t there. Unless the new or reluctant raid leader is confident enough to pull it off, and is decisive enough to quiten down the naysayers then they will get eaten alive, or have their authority threatened because every one thinks its open season on coming up with a strat, or changing what has been done for weeks.
Even I find myself opening my mouth more for a suggestion, or even a offhand comment. We react to a weakness in the leadership.
It’s also funny how new norms seem to slip into raid strats when people are left to their own devices, they forget the way we did things. We were doing Cat lady last night, and 15 secs to the pull someone says ” I’m sure the priests have worked out a fearward rotation”
I go – “uh.. we only used that when we didn’t have a Shammy so no tremor totem. We have 3 Shammys in raid, aren’t they dropping tremor totems?.”
“Oh but there is lag so you need to do it.” Theres always freaking lag I am thinking.
So what happens, the four priests come up with a fear rotation because we can. I think it was silly because its unnecessary – yes maybe it free’s up a Shammy totem, maybe it backs up the Shammys totem, but I don’t think they even bothered laying one. It wasn’t being used as a back up, it was the primary system, we have never needed fear wards before, and we have only have had one raid with no Shammy. The fear rotation worked, after asking who was tanking the boss because no one had told us, but at no time did our stand-in raid leader make that decision. He has been in as many raids as I have, and he let someone else change the normal strat.
Once someone shows weakness in leadership it opens the door again for other people to make far out suggestions, change strats or question decisions. It happened again on Iron council, ( we went back for it) everyone was looking to do easy mode stuff, and I suggested we do medium mode, mainly to prove that we can do it with out our normal raid leader, because I think we should already know what to do by now regardless of who is at the helm, and because we can. It was agreed upon, and we wiped once because someone ran though the little arcane dudes when the last guy was at about 20% , and someone tried to change something significant to our strat, regardless that our wipe had nothing to do with their suggestion, and then they got upset when we refuted ( nicely ) their logic. I doubt they would have made that suggestion in the tone they did if the real raid leader had been there.
Our stand-in raid leader did do well, he has stood in before, he just needs to get more confident. We had a decent night, but had to stop early due to instance server restarts at 10pm our time,
I think it’s a bad tendency but it seems almost a natural inclination that the moment we sence a weakness, or indecision in a leader – we lose respect for their authority, and say and do things that under firm leadership we wouldn’t.