Playing Around

I real­ized in my last arti­cle, I used the ref­er­ence “25th per­son” with­out explain­ing what it meant. In my time as raid lead, it became a short­hand for the most under­per­form­ing per­son in the raid. A raid lead typ­i­cal­ly knows this as they’re assem­bling the raid.

“Hey, Lisa wants to come along to Gru­ul tonight.”

“We already have a 25th per­son.”

The Nth per­son is some­one the rest of the raid plays around in order to make sure the com­mon jobs get done. Good heal­ers cov­er for the bad heal­er, strong dps makes up for weak dps, every­one cov­ers for the tank who can’t remem­ber to use their cooldowns, etc. This per­son, for what­ev­er rea­son, just does­n’t help in raids that much.

You’re count­ing up from the bot­tom, so in a 10-man raid Lisa would be the 10th per­son.

Of course, if you’re bring­ing mul­ti­ple peo­ple who need to be played around, you could have a 24th per­son, 23rd per­son… but there gets to be a point where some­body has to know what they’re doing. Unless you’re talk­ing bat­tle­grounds, in which case it’d prob­a­bly be eas­i­er to count good peo­ple from the top.

(Impor­tant Safe­ty Tip: Raid lead­ers should only use this lan­guage to each oth­er, strict­ly behind the cur­tain. I do not advise refer­ring to any­one like this pub­licly. Although, I would like to hear how that goes. I think it’d be fun­ny, in a dark way.)

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