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Choosing Names for Your Team, Five Approaches

Rating: 2 votes, 5.00 average.
Before you can start multiboxing you are going to be faced with the character creation screens (x2,3,4,5) and the most daunting of multiboxing questions: What do I name my team? Below are a few strategies (let me know in the comments if you have another) that I've seen and used, and my ratings for each one. I've rated each strategy based on:

Stealthiness - your ability to slip into BGs, LFR, LFD, and world/pug raids without being noticed and called out as a boxer. Some people aren't bothered by this, others, especially beginners or people that hate to be yelled at in BGs like to be a little stealthy.

Annoyingness - will this team be hard for you and your friends to send mail, keep straight, and distinguish in game from video feeds and health bars

Awesomeness - my opinion, obviously

Except for the first group, I've used real examples from my different stages of multiboxing. Mock away.

Same name with different characters:
Luxè Luxê Luxé Luxë

Stealthiness: 1/5
Awesomeness: 4/5
Annoyingness: 5/5

Although best for serious pvp against an organised opponent using voice chat, most of those opponents are also smart enough to swap to assisting against you, rendering the advantage moot. I've always found this method to be too obnoxious for use because I hate "weird" characters when I'm trying to send people invites or mail.

Same name with different spelling:
Luxxi, Luxee, Luxie, Luxxee

Stealthiness: 1/5
Awesomeness: 3/5
Annoyingness: 4/5

Although this solution eliminates the "weird" character problem, I still have trouble distinguishing between the toons myself (who got the trinket last time? not sure without inspecting) and I left this group of boomkins behind long ago

Completely unrelated names:
Xathom, Diaphony

Stealthiness: 5/5
Awesomeness: 1/5
Annoyingness: 1/5

Many people end up with this option by default, just by starting off their multiboxing career with the toons they already have. I think its a great plan if you are new and don't want anyone to know that you are multiboxing while you level up and learn the ropes, but ultimately lacks the fun of a planned naming strategy.

Cute/Cool themes:
Sundayi, Mondayi, Tuesdayi, Wednesdayi, Thursdayi
Whox, Whatx,Wherex, Whenx, Whyx

Stealthiness: 2/5
Awesomeness: 5/5
Annoyingness: 2/5

This is my favorite strategy if you never plan to play another character or swap anyone else in. Most easily done by choosing a set of themed words and then appending a letter. This used to be my favorite strategy, but it falls apart when you want to recombine the characters.

Alas the only group I've levelled to 90 ended up being an amalgamation of previously themed 1-85 groups: Sunshiny, Xanthee, Wherex, Starshiny, Whyx. An untidy hodgepodge indeed! Another major con is that you will spend at least half an hour trying to come up with the coolest theme you can, and then do it again for the next team. This is the only kind of group that I've ever had people compliment the names for.

Sound-alike theme:
Viiviid, Viiolet, Viision, Viivian, Viivacity

Stealthiness: 2/5
Awesomeness: 4/5
Annoyingness: 3/5

I wish I'd come up with this idea four years ago, I would have a much tidier set of characters now. Unlike coming up with "cute/cool" themes, this one is easy. Simply choose a starting sound and turn to the page in the online dictionary for that sound, and then make a minor adjustment (here I've done "Vi" and doubled the 'i's). It is easy to generate 20-30 names this way and be set for the duration of your multiboxing career with ten minutes of work. An extra benefit to this system is that your toon health bars will all be together in any alphabetical sort method, so you can easily use default wow raid frames to heal, or grid with an alphabetic sort rather than one with a list of your toons.

Do you have another way to name your toons or a vicious argument about how lazy I am that I hate alternate characters? Leave a comment!

Updated 02-21-2013 at 08:04 PM by luxlunae

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  1. JohnGabriel's Avatar
    Sometimes you can get lucky and get both cool and completely unrelated names. My latest team is named Sinalot, Measure, Reset, Wasted, and Heavy.

    I started out using the sound-alike method but now I'm all about the stealthiness.
  2. Narij's Avatar
    My first teams were takenthree, takenfour etc. people always asked what happened to one nd two?
    I have a "Fellowship of the Ring" team done with hunters and their pets, the last one I leveled up is 100% stealth as well as 100% annoying.

    I don't know the names, but I leveled each character from a different server. To much competition at a daily hub, not enough alliance/horde around? No problem just CRZ yourself out of there. Of course getting enchants and gems could be a problem, but being able to swap servers to find rare spawns, get sha kills etc, is kinda nice.
  3. JackBurton's Avatar
  4. luxlunae's Avatar
    I think the silliest one I ever did was for a "PepsiCola" guild I started horde side, I don't remember all the names but I think I had Dietpepsi and Pepsimax on there.

    JB, having something in the name scheme reflect the account is a cool idea I hadn't thought of, and an easy way to help remember what account the toon is on (I currently always remember simply by having account one always be slot one, but the extra level of letters/sounds linked to accounts is a good one) and I'm tempted to copy your guide to weird characters just to help me handle trade chat!

    I could never handle the different servers thing, I've had the same "home" for five years (except for the first multiboxing group I ever did when I was afraid I'd be bullied on my pvp server and later I moved a single alt with my friends when vodka moved to AM (which I brought back almost immediately... that server was pretty crappy then)
  5. Khatovar's Avatar
    Mine are always related to fictional "teams". Of course I've got slews of teams with names either from or based off Glen Cook's Black Company, but I've also got a few Stargate teams and a Farscape team.

    Ærynsun, Johncrichton, Dominarrygel, Kaðargo and Pauzhaan
    Valamaldorañ, Drfraiser, Cammitchell, Rodneymckay and Lõrdãpophis
    Jackõneill, Danieljacksn, Genhammond, Tealç and Samçarter

    But, I always prefer my main team, so they don't get much love.
  6. Brennomisue's Avatar
    So far I'v done a mixture of team names. My current team - dubbed Team Porn Star - are well exactly that, named after porn stars, just for the lawls, its subtle enough for people not to notice to often but when people see four people all following the same guy, gives it away. I'v done things like name a hunter team, hunterone, huntertwo, etc etc. but usually i just go for something that is related, but not the same name, such as my all druid team named after nature-ish things. I think a healthy balance is the best
  7. welshrats's Avatar
    The current team I'm leveling is two UD priests, two UD warlocks and a blood elf paladin. I took them all to Orgrimmar to finish leveling so that I could swap out one of the priests for a lvl 52 Orc shaman I abandoned from an old all shaman team around TBC days. I used to do the weird character in the names thing, but honestly the last time I got lazy and just hit the randomize button on the char creation screen to name my latest toons.