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Season 13 is great time to start raiding

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I will try to address some concerns that I see people frequently expressing on reddit and other places. If you've never tried raids in D2 or had a bad first time and did not try again, this may help or inspire you to enter this beautiful world that is easily accessible despite what I sometimes hear people say. I will talk about both in-game and social topics. Also, in this post it is assumed that you have access to Beyond Light and Shadowkeep. If you dont, you may have to… survive, adapt, overcome.

(Disclaimer: You may need to give me some slack in regards of my English, I apologize in advance for grammar and other unintentional mistakes)

1. From the in-game perspective

The very reason the title is "S13 is great time to start" is because in-game requirements to complete a raid are almost non-existent nowadays. We have three raids, one of which is pretty short and easy and perfect for first-timers. You need only two exotics: the Lament (Beyond Light DLC), that is 100% obtainable solo, and Xenophage (Shadowkeep DLC), that is obtained with help of 1-2 teammates and one hour of playtime (I will talk about teammates later in this post). I will not say they are 100% necessary, but if you are going in a raid for the first time, you don't want to make your life more difficult when you can easily obtain those. Let's talk a bit about each raid.

Deep Stone Crypt: You'll need the Lament or Guillotine for second encounter, and one man with Divinity for the last encounter (this is, again, related to your teammates, I'll cover this topic). Hi-stat armor, specific builds? Not much. Last Wish: the best raid in D2, period. You have to do this, and additionally, you have to do Riven legit (not on the first run tho, just bear this in mind: don't do legit Riven on the first run, but absolutely go for it when you'll get accustomed to the raid). You only have to have the Lament, again. Garden of Salvation: the last boss is hectic and requires good teamwork and Xenophage. Again, not 100% required, but hey, GoS and Xeno are both related to Shadowkeep, so yeah, just get it. I don't advise to make this raid your first. Just… don't. I'm saying this from experience. Also, this is the place where you will do a "Divinity run" at some point. Do that thing, "Divinity run", only when you feel confident in this raid. It is absolutely possible to do a divinity and sherpa run simultaneously, but I always say: don't take too much risks, this not your last run. It is better to do things step by step.

I'll say it again: you don't need to have high-end equipment, just have some weapons of different types and frames. To make things a bit more precise: aggressive sniper rifles, slug and usual shotguns, blinding and usual special grenade launchers will be useful. SMGs are great for add clearing in all raids. The only really outstanding armor-related item is Protecting Light void armor mod, if you see it – take it. You want it.

One more thing: study the subject before going in. It is better you read and watch guides about the raid you want to learn before going there, even with sherpa. Make life easier for them and for you. Again, it is not required, but I always try to do as much as I can personally.

2. You fireteam and social aspects

This is a very broad topic, and absolutely arguable one, too. I will speak from my own experience, and my points will be subjective, yes. I do not by any chance say that what I will write here is the absolute and only truth.

Okay, so I will say this at the very beginning: find a clan. You will probably want a relatively big one, with its own website, but look for words 'casual' and 'adult' in the description. You get what I mean: you want an established, relatively big clan with adult people who know what they are doing while not putting pressure on newcomers. Why a clan, you ask?

  1. It is easy to be not nice to each other if you'll probably never see each other again. In a clan, people will have to deal with you tomorrow and next week too, so they are bound to be a bit more cooperative even in rare cases when they don't want to.
  2. Clan administration, in a normal community, cares about its creation and people who take part in it. The whole reason to create your own clan is to make a comfortable place for yourself and other people, so this is just kinda logical thing.

What advices can I suggest if you chose to enter a clan?

  1. Know exactly what you want from a clan and what you can do. DO NOT force yourself to meet other's expectations. If you play the game one time per week, play it one time per week and play more only if you are interested and engaged, not because people want you to.

  2. If you missed and entered a clan and then saw that you don't match their expectations or a clan is just bad, do not be afraid of quitting. Tell clan leader or responsible person: I'd like to quit, because I cant play that much, or someone was really mean to me during activity, or something else is troubling me. They will help you to get accustomed and change your mind, of they will say you farewell, or they will shout at you and call your whatever they want, it's all possible and absolutely normal. Again: never force yourself. Destiny 2 is a game. Your health and time are not.

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About 'social anxiety' and other things. Well, I'm not very much of an expert, but I'll try my best, given the experience I gained when I started working and dealing with different people, both pleasant and not. So, a few thoughts (these are not requirements!! Following are the points to help you, not to scare you!) about how to interact with unfamiliar people when you need to learn and cooperate:

  1. Learn and cooperate.

  2. Do not think of yourself as of somewhat lower person then sherpas/teachers or other experienced players. The game does not exist in vacuum, and if someone knows more about d2 than you does not mean they are better people or something. They are same as you, friendly players who are raiding together. Don't feel yourself worse or better than them. Respect them, be neutral and nice, just as you would be with any new person you have to deal with at work or university.

  3. If you see someone not being nice to you: just be neutral. Even if you feel yourself offended, do not answer with offence. First, you may have not understood each other and no offence was meant at all. Even if it was, just bear with them. Be calm and correct, but not like theatrically correct. It may be the hardest thing to do, but trust me, you will love yourself when you will get out of trouble and find out that you overcame that moment without being rude. Again: when someone says things to you in a rude manner, extract the information from what is said, note it, make it clear that you've noted the info if it is present, and do not answer to the emotional part. To be honest, even I sometimes blow up and say things like "get the F out of tether to the other side, dude" when it is fourth hour on Sanctified Mind. Forgive me, and bear with me and imperfect people like me. Other example: if someone tells me "to be faster", I can only camly (well, as possible) respond "I can't be faster just because you are telling me to" (all while trying to be faster because they tell me to, but don't tell them this).

  4. Respond to sherpa and other people in voice chat. Feel the flow of conversation. When a dude explains an encounterfor a couple of minutes and makes a pause, you can just make a sound like "humu-humu" to let them know that you're there and listening. Do not overwhelm people with that, though… Also, when the explaining person asks "Do you have any questions", it is better to wait a few seconds to make sure that no one has any, and then say "Nope, I dont" or something. The silence is just killing people. Be responsive.

  5. Ask. Your. Questions. You've probably saw posts about that hundreds of times. If you did not understand something, did not heard something, or did not understand everything: tell your sherpa about it. They will repeat things for you, explain them in different manner or whatever else, but only if you ask them to. DO NOT say that you understood explanation if you did not. Do not hide it too. Do not lie to people.

  6. Do not flood. You have a group of unfamiliar people who are trying to learn and do things together. They are not your friends (yet). Other people, including your sherpas, may be talking about whatever they want, you can respond to them if you want to, but better do not start your own long unrelated topic. You don't know if everyone can relate, or can anyone be offended, but it will distract people from main goal for sure. Also, this is very hard task, but you may want to cut emotional lines from your own feed, like "wow how that did kill me wtf dude". This is, like, top-tier raiding technique, but it will help you not only to be pleasant teammate in sherpa runs, but also in future dufficult content (grandmasters, maybe master raids), where really all of your team will need to cut the chatter and not distract each other.

I hope that I did not scare you with this much text on this topic. Being good teammate in voice chat is just one of those things that are easy to understand when you finally get it, but is very hard to put in words.

To generalize: pay attention, try to ease burden for other people including your sherpas, do not be afraid of people but do not think of yourself higher then them, be nice but not unnaturally nice, cut your chatter but respond to others and don't hesitate to say things that are needed to say, aside from emotional ones.

Despite being "end game" content, raids are not hard if this is not your first month in the game. Build your small arsenal of weapons and armor, get familiar with mods, get the Lament and Xeno, prepare to feel pain (I did not say there will not be any, there will be A LOT) and dive in.

Bonus part: starting your own clan when you are a potato.

If you are like me, who has some confidence in communicating with people (I used to have none, that will not last for the rest of your life if you don't want it to, trust me), you can start your own clan of potatos, and try raiding with no sherpa, just with text/video guides. Is it fun? It is, like, the best fun you can get aside from blind runs, but blind runs are absolutely another category (even more awesome, but with high requirements for people). You may need to deal with all that people need to deal with when they try to create a community or static team, so I will not dive in the topic here. But I have very positive experience with this, as much as I have very positive experience with taking part in a big clan and going into sherpa runs.

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