Why do I raid lead? Because I enjoy it. End of entry, close your browser and go home.
Okay then, why do I enjoy raid leading?
The first reason I enjoy raid leading is because I’m raiding with a great group of people. They come to raids on time, they have their consumables with them, they listen to directions, and they’re a fun bunch of people. If we had Illidan/Kael on farm and I was playing with a bunch of jerks I wouldn’t have nearly as much fun. The people I raid with are great but I could raid with them without being the raid leader.
I like being able to influence the whole fight. Prior to this, my raiding experience was on a holy priest. As a healer you don’t get to see a lot of the fight (especially in pre-BC raiding). You focus on your heal targets, keep them up and that’s it. As a raid leader I not only get to see the whole fight, I have to know what’s going to happen next, what’s going right or wrong, and be able to direct people appropriately.
I like being a key player in the raid. As I’ve mentioned, my main toons have been tanks and healers because of what they offer to a group. Being a raid leader adds an extra layer of usefulness. Without a raid leader to coordinate and guide the raid, the raid isn’t going to happen.
I like the power! I like being the one most responsible for a raid’s success or failure. Trying to figure out how to give a concise description of a boss fight so that everyone knows what their role is is a fun challenge. Organizing fights based on that night’s raid composition provides some interesting mental exercises. The buck stops here.
Raid leading is challenging, but it’s also a lot of fun. Sadly, I don’t expect this fun to last. If Wrath of the Lich King doesn’t come out this year, I’ll probably stop before the end of the year. Currently my exit strategy is when I stop having fun raid leading, I’m going to keep doing it for 1 month or until someone can be found to take my place.