I’ve found that there are 3 distinct types of groups that may arise when using the random LFD tool.
This is a great group. People respond when spoken to and some silly chatter is maintained throughout the dungeon. No one is linking recount. Even if someone is not the best tank, healer or damage, no one is bickering about this. There are no gearscore or aggro wars here. If a mistake happens it gets shrugged off and we move on to complete the dungeon.
This may not be your idea of bad, but it is to me. You enter the dungeon and say “Hi.” No one responds. The tank is already pulling the first pack. The tank chain pulls through the dungeon, barely pausing if someone indicated they need mana. The dungeon is completed smoothly and quickly, but no one says a word. There may be a “thanks” at the end of the run, but that’s it.
I don’t know about you, but I play this game partially as a social outlet. I would almost rather be in a group that is Pugly than have this dead silence. At least Pugly is interesting.
I don’t know if these people are gold farmers that don’t speak English, or perhaps they’ve been beaten into submission by all of the dicks out there and so now refuse to speak to anyone in game. Maybe they are robots?! I don’t know, but I wish they could at least say something. The most I’ve been able to get out of these people is “Hi,” “lol,” “?,” “r,” “wtf,” and “thx.”
These horrible runs come in many forms. You may choose to stick with the group, votekick the culprits out, or leave on your own and take the debuff. These are the groups where only one of the damage dealers is doing more damage than the tank, even though he is pulling aggro, feels that he can wave his epeen around because of it. Nevermind that all he is doing is AoEing everything. The other damage dealers are barely pulling 1k and somehow manage to stand in fires, walk the wrong path and pull the pat the tank was avoiding, and pretty much do anything to get the group to wipe. If your tank and healer is competent this kind of group can work, even if the epeen waver is bashing everyone the entire time. If your tank or healer is the epeen waver, good luck.
Even worse if you get multiple epeen wavers in one group. They will do one of two things:
They will argue and try to one-up each other the entire time, spamming recount, linking achievements and gear to no end.
They will gang up on the “weaker” members of the team, complain about the tank’s threat, the dps the others are doing, or the healer’s hps. Someone else is always the noob who deserves berating.
These people will compare gearscore and argue over skipping optional bosses. If someone else manages to out-dps them they will laugh it off with a snide remark about the class in question being faceroll or come back with a racial or sexist slur.