I would like to say that I appreciate how certain leaders have tried rallying everyone in WvW and they've gone as far as inviting players to join public TS servers. However, I've noticed there's a degree of negativity that goes along with it. It's "damned if you do, damned if you don't " mentality applied to PuGs. If we, the PuGers, don't follow the guy with the blue hat, we suck. If we do follow and we join the TS, we still suck.
I joined my servers TS to help out about a week ago and had endure some very unfair generalizations about "casuals", "randoms", and "PuGs" for the two hours I was present. It's pretty galling considering how I was assisting these people, doing everything the commander asked of me and reviving members of his guild when they were fallen. It's funny when I have the "Combat Healer" title yet I'm considered a "useless" player. Going by some of the descriptions I've heard, we're a witless bunch who stand around with our thumbs up our butts until a blue hat guy appears.
Here's a list of things we PuGers have taken the initiative of doing on our own, since beta:
You commanders and your guilds need to know something. PuGs are judging you with the same degree of severity that you've judged them. I've gone as far as placing certain blue hats on ignore because they've demonstrated a lack of respect on a frequent basis. I'm reminded of this episode of Kitchen Nightmares. If you commanders want to inspire people to follow you - don't be an Amy.
- capture supply camps
- guard caravans
- attack enemy caravans
- run supply
- build siege
- read the GW2 wiki for tips
- prepare and use food
- stack vitality
- send alerts in /t or /m
- deal with the Quagan nodes, Temple of Storms, Hylek and Ogre camps
I would like to end this on a positive note. I've had the pleasure of tagging along with a couple of guilds who've demonstrated (so far) the qualities I gravitate towards. These guilds are Tempest Wolves and the newcomers to our server IRON. You guys are wonderful. Keep it up.
Sugarbombs, I'm sorry for your bad experience but I think you have a misinterpretation of what people in our teamspeak consider pugs. We generally have three titles for people, pugs, Rallians, and just simply teamspeak people.
From what I've come to see, quite a few people, including myself, have come to view Pugs as people who aren't in teamspeak and doing things aren't productive. These things could be like charging into a zerg's aoe fields headfirst on an alt and rallying a bunch of downed, draining a keep of supply to build troll siege or repair a wall/gate that is is being attacked but poses no real threat if they break it down, taking up que spots to roleplay during dire times when we really need more people into that bl, etc.
Rallians, on the other hand, are the productive members of our server who aren't in teamspeak. Pugs sounds crud and the people who are out there doing an awesome job with the things you listed, and other things, deserve a cooler sounding title than a name shared by a breed of dog.Even though we dont always know these people as well as the other people that are in our teamspeak, we still view them as true brothers/sisters in arms and members of the Sanctum of Rall community and that is why we call them Rallians.