Competition: It arises whenever two or more parties strive for a goal which cannot be shared.
In this case the goal is being the best. This post is to talk about the pro’s and con’s of Competition.
We all have competitions in our day-to-day life. We compare whose days sucks more. Or who has the most lack of sleep, the list goes on. It’s in our human nature to compete, which only makes sense to bring this nature into Azeroth. Just look at the very nature of this game. Alliance Vs Horde. Mortals Vs Deathwing. Arena team Vs Arena team. But does all this competition benefit us?
In some ways it does and in some ways it doesn’t. My example being the ‘other’ shaman in my raiding group. Some might say we have pretty equal gear (him being superior). Although the only thing I see are his epic shoulders (which I don’t have) meanwhile he sees my epic belt (which he doesn’t). What do I care for a crafted belt?!?!? I mean look at his shoulders! They even glow!!! This in turn makes me strive to get even better gear and do even more dps than he does. Does it always work out? NO! but I doesn’t hurt from trying. This is a positive spin on competition.
A negative spin on competition would be raiding in Ice Crown. I was pulling my meager 5-6k dps meanwhile the rest we’re pulling 9-10k dps. It sucked being just above the tank. Although this had a lot to do with my 500+ latency I still felt like the weakest link of the group. All the competing wasn’t making it any better but I still put on my game face and raided for 3 hours every raid night just like everyone else and we beat the Lich King in the end.
So before you race off to whip em’ out and measure, let me ask you this: How do you feel about some friendly competition? Not-so-friendly competiton? What if you were in a competition with someone who had your class and spec and you went off for a vacation and come back to see that they’ve left you in the dust? How would you cope?