Most raiding guilds have some sort of structure to monitor the details of how certain roles behave in raid. The two most common ways of doing this from what I’ve seen are through the implementation of either class leaders or role leaders. There are pros and cons to both systems, but both generally accomplish the same thing; they provide a way for the guild leadership to give more specific direction to certain players both in raids and in theorycrafting. My guild has gone with the role leader system, and currently I’m in charge of melee dps. As a role leader, I will definitely admit that I like some of my melee dpsers more than others (although I don’t dislike any at this point, honestly, I don’t!) and a lot of those people share some qualities when they raid, when they talk in our melee chat channel, and in general vent and gchat interactions with people. Let’s go through some of these attributes
A good melee is supremely intelligent, and they show it often. This person knows the ins and outs of their gearing, rotation, and talenting by heart, and when asked about it can instantly give very intelligent insight on the class itself, how it functions in a raid, and how one can play it better. A good melee continually researches ways to better themselves, and usually can be found near the top of the meters, and at the bottom of the fail lists.
A good melee doesn’t simply take direction from the raid leader, role leader, or whomever. A smart melee will take these directions, ask questions to make sure that he or she is on the same page as everyone else, and gives feedback. Just because the melee leader is telling you to do something doesn’t mean that they are 100% correct in doing so. One person cannot keep track of all the theorycrafting and encounter specifics for 8 different melee specs, if not more. If you think you should be doing something differently, let the person in charge know, and give the reasons why (using specific class theorycrafting reasons is huge).
A Constructive Attitude
This goes hand in hand with communication. Nobody likes a QQer, and to complain without giving viable, constructive solution will just get you labeled as an annoyance and potential drama llama by your guild leadership. However, if you do give a constructive solution, and keep an upbeat attitude, your officers will love you forever. Again, make sure to give specific examples on how your class or role functions to support your argument.
Even in the most focused of progression environments, people should tell the occasional joke, or have some good-natured fun. Morale is a huge thing for keeping up progression, and while keeping concentration is good during an attempt, a little humor can go a long way in between pulls or on trash, whether it be in vent, raid chat, or in your role or class chat channel (if you have one). Be careful not to go too far off-track though.
A good melee dps does more than just play their class well. They even do more than the typical “homework” of researching their class online. This type of person will read anything about wow if it looks remotely interesting to them, even if it’s about a class they don’t play. They’ll help people a lot outside of instances, and are great to have in vent even when there’s nothing going on.
Don’t forget to be yourself. A distinct personality helps lead to recognition. Don’t be what you think your guild wants you to be. A new perspective on wow and raiding is one of the main reasons many raiding guilds like having new raiders come in to their group, so don’t be afraid to be unique. Also, be enthusiastic. One of the main ways I distinguished myself in my guild (which eventually lead to my promotion to officer) was the fact that I was so enthusiastic about raiding every day. Remember what aspects of the game make it fun for you, and focus on them.