As I mentioned earlier, last night we discussed a bit about why the Purple Poxers have had so much success at taking down instances while at the low end of the level range for them.
Nas wrote a nice little piece that included some of the stuff I was thinking about. Go ahead and read it.......ok, I'm back, are you?
Since Nas already talked about gear, spec specialization, group synergy, knowing roles, AND knowing each other, I'm left with very little. But, as far as our success is concerned, they might be the biggies!
Experience. With the exception of Sal, who's raiding experience is a mystery to me, every one of us has been in Kara at the very least. We are battle hardened veterans of wipefests that taught us not only how to best play our class, but more importantly, taught us perseverance and adaptation skills. Sure, a number of us are playing new classes, but the lessons learned while wiping can be applied across the spectrum of different roles. When we accidentally pull an extra group (with our kitty butt), we don't freak out, run for the exit, or start doing what comes naturally to a PuG. Instead, we buckle down. We become VERY focused. When all is said and done, and the battle is over, then we can see what happened or how it happened, but the middle of the battle is not the time for an analysis - put up a new skull if necessary and let's roll!
Maturity. Closely related to the previous aspect is maturity. We are all in our early to mid twenties (or a bit older) (ok, maybe a lot older) (OK OK, ALMOST TWICE AS OLD!!), and none of us acts like the typical teen. (what?) (what?????) (lolwut?) Ok, well, sometimes I say some stuff that is a tiny bit off the beaten path, but then, we all do! No, what I'm talking about is the rogue/druid that stealths ahead to scope out the instance and comes back with half of the dungeon's mobs on his heels screaming for HAELZPLZWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. We don't have the hunter that insists on leaving Growl on, targeting the X first, and pulling into his trap with a Serpent Sting ("my traps always break early!"). lolwut? We are all very team oriented, and go out of our way to help each other with mats, buffs, enchants, and other things. No selfish ninjas here! We do have a Ninjaneer, but that's a different story.
I could expand on the stuff Nas mentioned, but she covered it pretty well. Something this experiment has stirred in me is a desire to level a hunter in the Pox tradition, but seeings how I have a long way to go still with Daxe, I'll just have to wait on that one.
EDIT: It turns out that Sal has no raiding experience, so now we know who to blame the wipes on.