What a Gnome can’t do with words, a fish can show in action.
- Ever wondered why 10 apparently organized BG players die one by one when leaving a node?
- Ever wondered why one guy gets to the next node and looks back to see 2 others dying midfield/on the road, and the others haven’t left the starting position?
- Ever wondered why you hesitate when one guy charges off, but not when 2 or 3 do?
These fish can tell you.
Well, these fish and the researchers studying them.
It’s a totally non-wow related video. It goes for about 6 minutes and you will catch the action of the fish about 4.09 minutes in… but if you do skip, you will miss out on the WHY.
So, what do I make of this?
It probably explains 50% of those BGs I thought we would win because someone is calling the shots… But for some reason we don’t.
When there is one leader and only one leader, our “groupthink” doesn’t kick in. We are still distrustful of the advice.
However when there are two leaders echoing the same strategy and instructions, our hesitation drops and we charge in for the kill.
I have seen this a lot in SotA. The simple strat repeated by 2-4 people and the group follow.
Swimming from rock to rock
When one guy charges for LM a couple more might run 1/2 way before turning back – assuming the 1st guy doesn’t stop 1/2 way as well.
If 2-3 people charge off to LM, the rest follow.
When people are looking for a base to head to, they see the safety of large numbers at ST, their mind is made and they charge there… Right into a trap.
They aren’t teammates, they are teammate’s ghosts waiting to spawn at the grave yard.
Confirmation may be all that is required
In an EotS the other day I called out in frustration at the mass of guppies at the flag.
Someone called out for a suggest from the “coach”
I told them to go get FRR.
I think this is one of those cases where the guppies wanted instruction and leadership, but it needed to be groupthink.
That simple interaction between the other player and myself was enough to push all the fish in one direction.
I failed to capitalize on that moment. My brain was fried from so many lost BGs and my faith in my fellow players dulled to the point that I didn’t pick them up and direct them again.
If you are in a BG and you agree with the strat suggested – support it – out loud.
Better yet, if you have something to add to the strat – add it.
Your little piece of support for an idea, a strategy, a call to support a node, will turn in the groupthink and people will rally to your call.
One last example…
Arathi Basin is about to begin and someone throws out the standard 5/5/5 strategy. Not the best, but it could be worse (ie. No strat, no direction).
The only thing added to the discussion was that I noticed that we had 1 DK, but he wasn’t in the BS group.
I quickly said:
DK, you go with BS group – path of frost up – straight across the water
When the gates opened, the 15 people split perfectly for our destinations – including the DK who altered his target for the BS to get 5 people there before the Horde.
The guppies got a confirmation from a 2nd that a strat was to be followed and they did.
Did we win?
Do I really need to answer that?
Gnomer and Out!
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