You Can Hate Cliques Until You’re In One

As a kid, I was never in a cool clique, or a clique of any kind.  Now suddenly, I am, in the most unlikely place – Team Heal.

What is your damage, DPS?

In fostering a sense of teamwork, we seem to have become somewhat of a clique.  It wasn’t really intentional.  We just work together so much that it was bound to happen.  Because there are 3 regular healers in the raid rotation, 1 part-time healer, and 1 emergency-only-healer, we raid together regularly and dependably.

What makes a healer-clique so weird is that because there is only one healer per heroic, we almost NEVER get to run 5’s together.  One of us would have to break out a pitiful DPS spec.  Also, it seems wasteful to put 2 healers in the same group if we have a second group without any healers.  In other words, getting together in-game outside raid nights is a rare event.

We’re not cliquish because we make snarky comments, in a “Mean Girls” sort of way.  It’s not having the private channel, because we really only use that on raid nights for raid stuff (and, ok, the occasional snark).

Do you think the tank is getting chubby?

It’s that, when I want to talk to someone in game, I feel closest to my fellow healers.  I’m more likely to whisper them about random crap, or want to run a heroic with one of them.  We like each other and seek out each other to hang with.  Is that wrong?

I’ll answer – it may be wrong and rude to other people not in the in-crowd, but I can’t bring myself to care.  I’m in the in-crowd!  We have private jokes that nobody else gets.  We crack each other up on a regular basis.  Cliques are cool.

Remember, there is no cure for SMS (Stupid Man Syndrome).  There is an effective treatment, crotch-punching, but it is still in clinical trials.  Symptoms may include scratching, bragging, flatulence, and excessive amusement at flatulence.  Of course you don’t get it.  It’s our PRIVATE JOKE, dammit.

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You Can Hate Cliques Until You’re In One — 10 Comments

    • It’s entirely possible that the language differences mean that lono missed out on the other possible definition of “social club”. But now I will forever think of the tanking syndicate as having East Coast mafia connections.

      This could either be hilarious, or cause great paranoia among the members of the healers’ union.

  1. Wait, best movie reference EVAR followed by second-best movie reference EVAR? I may have to break out the “chainsaw” quote soon!

    So, yeah, I was also never part of the cool kids or the in-crowd, which probably helps to contribute to our cliqueishness on Team Heals. It truly is unintentional; we are by no means trying to be mean or rude to anyone. We are thrown together a couple nights each week to do what can frequently be a stressful and frustrating job, even when we’re having fun and loving every minute of the raid. We got very lucky that the three of us work together remarkably well, to the point where we frequently don’t even have to speak/type to coordinate emergency healing responses. The flip side to all that goodness is that it can lead to us becoming somewhat insular, possibly something that we should work on, but hey it sure is cool to finally be part of the cool kids.

    Also, don’t forget that you can absolutely continue to hate cliques once you’re in one. You just have to hate OTHER cliques!