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Benchwarming is easy as pie when you look at it as a necessary part of raiding.
My wife and I used to lead a raiding guild in mid-Wrath, and there were times when she'd bench me. This was twofold. One, it showed that nobody is too good to be benched for the benefit of the group. Two, it gave me an opportunity to help the guild in other ways. Any time I was benched, I looked at that window of raid time as "guild-helping-time". Any herbs I farmed up during that three hour window were guild herbs. I'd make flasks from those herbs, and they were guild flasks.
After a while, other raiders in the guild started doing the same thing. Miners spent time mining up ore, either for prospecting into gems for the guild or for smelting into bars in case anyone needed some piece of gear crafted.
I think that if you look at being benched not as a "I can't raid with my team" but as a "my team needs my highly specialized skillset elsewhere tonight", you can have a lot more fun and still feel like you did stuff with your team.
1 year, 10 months ago on 7 Fun Activities to do on the Bench