Monday, 28 June 2010

More of the same

Another World Cup, another predictable defeat for England at the hands of Germany.

The reasons are pretty obvious: the England squad were less tactically aware, had inferior technical skills and lacked organisation and discipline. Yet if you were to believe the British press, that's not the problem at all. Oh no, it was the lack of "passion" that was our undoing, as if somehow doing the same dumb thing more enthusiastically would solve everything. If only we had eleven Garrosh Hellscreams in our team, tactics and skill would be rendered magically irrelevant.

We see this same delusion in WOW amongst the Gearscore-obsessives. We didn't fail to kill the boss because our tactics were wrong or we didn't play well. We failed because an arbitrary magic number wasn't high enough.

The trouble with this kind of delusion is that it's very hard to shift. Even when presented with pretty incontrovertible evidence that it isn't Gearscore or passion that matters, but skill and teamwork, people still persist in believing it. It can't be that they were doing the wrong thing, they just weren't doing enough of the right thing!

Perhaps people find that comforting - the problem isn't them, it's the lack of gear. Nobody could defeat an ICC boss with just T9 gear and a 25% buff. They didn't fail, the task was impossible.

Unfortunately, that's a recipe for perpetual failure. If you aren't prepared to look honestly at what went wrong, rather than blaming some mythical scapegoat, you'll never improve.

Congratulations, Germany. You've cleared the trash, now it's on to the boss-fight.

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