You play World of Warcraft, right? Of course you do. Everyone does. So let’s say you’re standing around in Dalaran on your Death Knight and get the urge to run through a Heroic. Getting some badges sounds good, and you have some time to waste. Unfortunately, your friends list is either entirely empty or everyone you know is running through their Trial of the Grand Crusader attempts for the week. You don’t mind PuGs, so what do you say?
/2 DK LFG any Heroic. 4k DPS, PST.
Something like that, maybe? You are alone and looking for a group, hence you say you’re LFG, or “looking for group.” That’s what it’s used for.
But what if, let’s say, you have a single friend online. A Mage. She wants to kill some time and get the daily Heroic finished. So you invite her to a group and chat that you’re LFM, or “looking for more,” people to fill out the rest of the group. What do you say in this case? Probably something like:
/2 LF3M for daily Heroic. Need Healer. PST
When I see this, I avoid it. But, why, you ask? I’m a healer and am obviously needed, so why avoid the call?
Because, in my experience, there is a precedent of joining said party and immediately seeing the following in my chat window from my group leader:
/2 LF2M for daily Heroic. Need Tank and 1 DPS. PST
By doing so, you’re telling me that you never really had a group at all.
Or worse, I’ll occasionally see something like:
/2 LF2M for daily Heroic. Just need Tank and Healer. PST
In both of these scenarios, you’re just some DPS who wanted to do something and needed people to do it with. You’re not LFM (looking for more) if all you have are DPS classes; you’re just LFG (looking for a group) because without a tank or a healer, there is no group to speak of. They are, and I’m sorry how this comes across, the keystones of a party. Without at least one of them, you’ve just got some guys together wanting to do something, not a party.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand how uppity and pretentious saying that out loud sounds. But in reality, World of Warcraft is a game based entirely around the idea of the holy trinity—a tank to absorb damage and keep mobs off her, a healer to keep all five people alive, and three DPS characters to melt everything hostile’s faces. Three roles (hence the trinity) across five people. Do the math.
It’s only logical that the roles intended for a single person—tanking and healing—would be more valuable and carry more weight than those open for three. We also have to take into consideration that tanking and healing are much more demanding jobs than DPS. Also, much more responsibility is placed on a single person performing a job instead of having two other people able to make up for a slacker’s deficiencies.
Because of this responsibility (and the consequential requisite skill), players flock toward the facemelting DPS classes in far greater numbers than tanks or healers. Finding a DPS class for a Heroic is like bobbing for apples with your hand. Finding a tank or a healer, however, is much harder. Fewer players want to take on that responsibility.
So when I find a “group” who still needs both a tank and a healer, I really wonder if the group leader understands the difference in LFM and LFG. They start a group without either keystone class. They are not looking for more because they don’t have either fundamental class that makes a group functioning entity. They are not a Death Knight and a Hunter LF3M to join them, they are simply a Death Knight and a Hunter LFG.
Am I overthinking this? Almost certainly. But it bugs me, so I thought I’d share.