Everyone knows that leading raids is hard work. You have to work harder than the rest of the group, and the only reward you get is feeling more involved and raids happen on your schedule.
And yet for a lot of players, raid leading is the true metagame of their MMO. For people who enjoy the extra difficulty, the extra complexity, the feeling of reward for truly understanding how everything fits together, and maybe even the *naches of guiding a newbie raider into a pro, there is no better way.
A lot of raid leaders in WoW ended up there because they were progression minded and felt that the best way to ensure good progression was to arrange it themselves.
But there are plenty of players who choose to lead raids because they love it. DPS Meter writes a heartfelt letter to 25 man raid leaders, and its something that every raider needs to read. Especially if you’re burned out on raiding, or maybe forgot why you liked it in the first place.
One of the definining moments in my WoW raiding came in Vanilla. We were a very new 40 man raid. We’d zoned into Molten Core for the first time and somehow managed to kill Lucifron (the first boss.) And our raid leader said, “Guys, right now you are at a Hogger level of raiding. By the time we get to Ragnaros, you WILL be a proper raid guild.” A month or so later, at our first Onyxia kill, I knew he was right. That’s what raid leading is all about.
*I’m due a proper post about this as one of the big motivating factors in gaming.