Lately I have been noticing something in my guild which unsettles me a little bit; DPS is given god like importance.
I am not a fan of watching or even running with DPS meters, I do because it shows me my uptime and it gives me an immediate indication if I have indeed reduced my movement on a fight. But I honestly don’t care where I am on damage meters providing I am keeping up with everyone else.
(I posted a couple of days ago about increasing my DPS due to comments, but you have to understand I was generally lowest dps and as a Mage I was not really representing us very well 🙂 )
In this post I am more referring to the running commentary of how high they spike before they inevitably die 🙂 it is not unusual for meters to be posted to guild or raid and impressive noises made about it. But surely – the focus needs to be on what is happening to you and others and…I don’t know…the actual boss fights?
I caught myself the other day taking on this mentality about a Mage doing really low dps in a heroic! I smacked myself for that and shall never do it again 🙂
I remember a while ago I banned the use of meters when I was raid leader (of course people still used them) but there was no mention of them, discussion etc and I requested everyone close them until after each fight. In that month I remember our boss kills being much smoother and faster – so what if you do less dps if you can avoid damage and watch out for boss mechanics?
I would much rather be in a group/raid with people who can stay alive and not get caught out by mechanics, than be in a group who can put out high dps but can’t control their aggro or deaths or traps etc 🙂