Mythic+ 101: Netiquette
Mythic+ provides a way for players to engage in progressively more challenging content to have fun, to earn better loot, and to improve their skills. While the system is officially called the Mythic Keystone system, the community has latched onto calling it "Mythic Plus", "Mythic+", or sometimes just "M+".
The goal of our Mythic+ 101 series is to provide new players with the foundation they need to get started in Mythic+. This series is a collaboration between Raider.IO and the Mythic+ Friends Discord.
In the previous chapter, we discussed pugging, networking, and group dynamics. Here in Chapter 4, we address the concept of “Netiquette”, otherwise known as Internet Etiquette, and how it applies to Mythic+. Understanding these concepts will help you find success in Mythic+.
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What is Netiquette? [back to top]
Netiquette, or Internet Etiquette, is defined as “etiquette governing communication on the internet”. This not only applies to networking in World of Warcraft, but heavily impacts your ability to network online in general.
A simple way to think of proper Netiquette is being kind, understanding, respectful, and having a positive mindset. This does not mean that you cannot be critical or that you must overlook all mistakes. Netiquette in Mythic+ is about how to handle a situation rather than letting it escalate or completely ignoring it.
An example to help demonstrate Mythic+ Netiquette could be if someone accidentally pulls an extra mob that causes a wipe:
One person may say:
“Wow! I can’t believe you messed that up! You shouldn’t be doing keys, you are terrible!”
Another person may say:
“It’s okay, we all make mistakes. Let’s try that pull again!”
Both examples acknowledge the mistake, but the second approach is more likely to have a positive reaction from a group. This is incredibly important to make note of for networking as you want to expand the number of players you can run dungeons with, which ultimately increases the amount of dungeons you run overall.
Other important mannerisms may include (but are not limited to) thanking people for the dungeon run upon completion, thanking people for an invite to the group or for joining your group, or even complimenting a player on their gameplay throughout (or after) the dungeon.
Basic Mythic+ Netiquette [back to top]
Netiquette is not only limited to your verbiage. Your actions can play a part in it too. For example, leaving a key before completion is generally frowned upon unless the whole group agrees to it first.
As a general rule of thumb, some of the following behaviors are a good place to start:
- Stay in the group until completion of the key unless otherwise agreed upon
- Be polite and respectful
- Come prepared - this is discussed in Chapter 2, but it is something that players expect
- Avoid arguments (especially mid-dungeon)
- Agree ahead of time on the group’s plans, including the strategy and whether or not to use voice communications
- Avoid “trolling”, such as purposely ruining a pull to mess with the group
Good netiquette will help you make longer lasting friendships that will help expand your network.
Navigating Cliques [back to top]
A part of netiquette that is difficult to navigate for some players is managing your approach towards cliques. Cliques are smaller, more exclusive friend groups that are generally less open to new friends. Encountering cliques can be frustrating for players, and not recognizing a clique can be harmful to your networking overall.
When encountering a clique, it may feel like you are not welcome or not desired as a player. This does not necessarily mean that there is a problem with you as a player or person, but rather that the group of people you are talking to may be less eager to include more friends. Alternatively, they may just be more wary of the skill level of new players. Recognizing this can allow you to communicate more effectively with them, while also making better use of your own time in finding other players to network with.
Mid-Dungeon Arguments [back to top]
Now we will discuss mid-dungeon arguments and how proper netiquette can address these situations while expanding your network as a player.
The reality is that arguments can and will occur in some dungeons. A lot of proper networking and netiquette can mitigate this, but we are all human and emotions can take hold. Some players may be having a bad day or have real-life tension. It is important to remember that gaming is an escape for many people, so encountering in-game frustrations can be a tipping point for some players. Do not mentally “blacklist” every person that makes a mistake in a key, otherwise you will find yourself running short of players to play with in the long term.
Proper netiquette can help diffuse these situations. If the argument is unavoidable, try to be mindful of all players’ perspectives, and understand that no matter how skilled a player is, mistakes are likely to occur for everyone eventually. In a pug situation, it may sometimes be best to simply move on, rather than continue with an argument.
Team Conflicts and Resolution [back to top]
In a team, conflicts may occur due to more long-term frustrations such as consistently missed scheduled days, overall team success, disagreements about strategies, and other factors. Sometimes, it can be very beneficial to take time away from the screen and wait a day to discuss the issue that triggered the argument. Be reasonable, and remember that there is no sense in burning bridges - especially in such a small community like Mythic+.
Appreciate your team. It can be hard to form a team or find a new one, so be polite and communicate important issues. If you find a new team to run with that better suits your needs or schedule, try to communicate this with your team proactively and respectfully. For many new players in Mythic+, they can go through a period of “io chasing” caused by what some players refer to as an “io injection”. What this means is that these newer players may experience a rapid increase in their score and start searching for other teammates to play with that they feel are more “on their level”. Remember that those teams are often more seasoned and can plug-and-play one or two players into their strats, but they too had to gain experience and synergy with each other. Try to remain humble.
Investing in your team and resolving conflicts that arise can be a really beneficial part of netiquette and networking, but also can help you improve as an individual player. A large part of improving in Mythic+ comes down to a whole group’s consistency of routes and kick/stun assignments, so investing in your current team can be a really big tool for long-term growth as a player as well as building a strong networking foundation.
Conclusion [back to top]
Netiquette can seem overwhelming at first, but keep in mind that these general guidelines all boil down to being kind, polite, respectful, and understanding. Successful netiquette will lead to more networking, and more opportunities to play.
Chapter 5 will cover how to understand your role in a Mythic+ group.
About the Authors
MarianasTrench (Mari/Marinara) is a Marksmanship Hunter main who loves to play all classes in Mythic+ and raiding. He is a staff member at Mythic+ Friends, and the Guild Master of Dualism. While he loves Mythic raiding and higher Mythic+ content, he also enjoys helping other players get involved and expanding the Mythic+ community through the Mythic+ Academy at Mythic+ Friends.
Vitaminpee specializes in tanking classes in WoW and other MMORPGs and loves doing competitive Mythic+. She is the Editor and Assistant Producer of Raider.IO and is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration. She is a partnered Twitch streamer and Discord Partner. Feel free to message her via Twitter for any business-related inquiries.