Sunday, May 9, 2010

Team Play - Communication - Part 1

With the changes to the city coming in 1.3.5, team play will be more important than ever. You'll become locked out of loot rolls if you lose, so it's more important than ever to do whatever you can to make sure you have the best chance of winning. One of the best ways to make sure you have a better chance of winning is to put yourself into a Pre-Organized Group.

Everyone already knows that though. So if you run into the city solo, take anything more than your 1 crest per stage as a bonus.

So you're in your POG. How do you make your group better? That's what I want to talk about for a little while.

One of the distinct advantages you have over a Pick-Up Group is you have the capacity to communicate much more easily, especially with a voice chat client like Ventrilo or Teamspeak. However, the voice chat can get cluttered extremely fast with everyone trying to talk over each other. Simple, efficient communication is one thing that sets a excellent POG above your average POG.

Here's a list of best practices I have in groups.
  1. One person calls the shots. Everyone else follows. That doesn't mean everyone else is quiet though. This person is referred to as the Caller.
  2. Convey your message in as few words as possible. 3 words is about all you want for any given message.
  3. Keep communication on a need-to-know basis unless it's virtually impossible for you to lose.
  4. Save feedback on performance until after a battle is over.
I go into more details on each of those later. It's Mother's Day, so I probably need to be doing something else at the moment.

    No comments:

    Post a Comment