Have a good one Friends!

Just a quick post to wish all my internet friends a happy and prosperous new year as they wander past. 

I’ll be heading out on vacation here pretty shortly, and will be gone until early next week. I am sure quite a few of you have plans of your own as well. 

A new year is right around the corner.

Be happy, be safe, and I’ll see you next year! 

~Dech

WTF! Group Ninja?

I seem to have the most interesting luck using the dungeon finder, yesterday was no different. I started the day with one group of cross server guildies and ended a few runs later with another. The runs in between blur together in a haze of healing whack-a-mole, but the two on the end stand out.

In the first I picked up a group for The Caverns of Time: The Culling of Stratholme. One of the first things I noticed was that I was the odd man out, the other four players all being from the same cross server guild. (Man, I really should take more screenshots. You guys were awesome and deserve your 15 minutes of fame.)

Anyhow, right out of the box I get asked if I have a Shadow spec on my Holy priest. A bit of an odd question, but I told them that I do.

They then asked me to swap out to Dps, keeping Vampyric Embrace up for AOE healing. Put together with a few renews and the occasional flash heal it worked like a charm.

We proceeded to tear through the place like it was not even there. Hell, I quit putting DoT’s up on anything other than bosses. Everything else was down so fast it didn’t make sense to.

The thing that sticks out most in my mind though was what happened when we (easily) beat the timer. The boss was down and as always the Reins of the Bronze Drake dropped. All five of us passed, we all have one already.

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Now like book ends to my day there came another cross server group. All from the same server, and three from the same guild.

Actually I take that back, not like book ends at all. Book ends are the same, these were as different as night and day.

The last heroic of the day dropped me into Trial of the Champion, A short, fun, instance.

We go in and buff up in silence. Actually they were likely on vent, but I was not there to be social, I was there for the badges. Over all it was a slightly messy, but effective run.

I was having random minor lag spikes during this particular instance. I still don’t know why, as it was just that run that it happened during. Two times others paid for that with a repair bill.

No wipes, but two individual deaths.

The part that got me was what happened in less than 3 seconds from the time the Black Knight bit the dust. As he went down I was already casting a Prayer of Healing. I decided to let it finish to top folks off before hitting “disenchant” on everything and heading out for the night. I generally make sure everyone is topped off before I leave, mana is cheaper than food.

What happened you ask?

In less time than the heal took to cast I ended up standing back where I started in Dalaran.

I had been kicked from the party before the boss was looted, and was out of the instance by the time they saw what dropped.

Now that’s an interesting new way to be a ninja. I know Blizz wants doing things as a guild to be more attractive, but somehow I don’t think this is what they had in mind, so I let them know about the little exploit.

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Now, not only do I feel the need to let Blizzard know about this particular little exploit I think, as a community service, I should let all my wonderful readers know as well.

The funny thing is I don’t need a damn thing from that instance except for badges. Hell, I have even stopped greeding on the frozen orbs, I have nearly a full stack in the bank for crafting already. I just take pity of people with that have so little in their life that they feel obliged to steal…. nothing.

Pixels on a screen.

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So, here in the order of their Dps are the group of asshats that I plan to avoid in the future.

Or maybe just drop group on the first boss pull… If I ever see them again.

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I find it incredibly funny that the Rogue and both Death Knights are officers in the guild Axis of Justice. Oh the sweet irony. 

The Ret Pally from Storm Forged was not guilded with them, but a vote kick within seconds after the last boss drops is just a little to coincidental fo me.

So congratulations to Nocando, Giantswan, and Roxanna from Axis of Justice, and to Ortherion of Storm Forged on Dethecus. You have earned you 15 minutes of fame.

I bet your Mamma is so proud.

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A few random thoughts on random instances

Today I resolve not to rant.

Ok, maybe a slight bit of grumpy, but no head spinning mouth frothing anger.

Not that some of what I have seen does not deserve it, but both myself and others have already talked about fail pugs and the asshats that form them.

No, today I am not going to come unglued, I am simply going to make a few observations.

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Over all I really like the new Dungeon Finder tool. To say I use it lots would be an understatement. In fact I have nearly abandoned my alts and concentrated almost exclusively on my priest. I have had both good and bad pugs, fortunately more good than bad.

I’ll remind myself again,

Today is not about level 80 Dps characters that phone it in and expect to be carried through while doing sub-1k Dps.

Today is not about prima donna tanks and/or healers that think they can be a tool because their que time is like 12 seconds.

Today is not about loot whores, ninjas, drama mammas, or smack talking 12 year olds.

Today is about the mechanics of the system and things that I think could be done to improve it.

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Why are you posting this here and not in the official suggestion forums you ask?

Simple. I don’t think what I say will have any impact at all anyway, and I would rather you good folks read it than the random trolls on the official forums.

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Issue the first, on the tradability of items. 

Having the blues and epics tradable as long as your still grouped is a fine idea actually. How about we extend it to greens and quest items (such as the rod in Uldaman) dropped in the instance? This would save a bit of grief for people.

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Issue the second, on whispers.

I can see them standing there and I can converse in party chat. I suppose I can also use /say and /yell to communicate. Why can’t I whisper people in my group? There are times when a suggestion or question is simply better received when not shouted to the damn rooftops!

Dammit, I almost let myself get started there…. gotta watch that.

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Issue the third, BoE items.

I understand the reasoning for putting in the “sort the loot by who can use it” feature. It is designed to prevent people who have no use for an item from grabbing it with a sneaky need roll. The reasoning is sound, there’s a lot of asshats out there.

Please, oh please, disable that feature on bind on equip items. I have sat and watched things that no one could use get needed by all four of the other party members “to put in the auction house”. Things that not only could I have used for one of my alts but I should have had just as much right to as a potential sale item.

We are not talking about just armor here either, I believe last night it was both a BoE epic physical Dps ring and a Boe blue tanking trinket. I could have found a home for them just as easily.

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Issue the fourth, randomness and it’s rewards.

There has been a good deal of clamoring for a way to opt out of certain instances when running random heroics. I think thats a very doable idea. You get benefits for going it random though, and those would have to suffer.

I say give folks the ability to cross off a maximum of two instances they don’t want to go to. They can get rid of the chance to do Oculus and Halls of Reflection, or whatever their personal least favorite instances are. There is a price though.

Right now you get two Emblems and about 20 gold for running completely random. For every instance you cross off you get one fewer “bonus emblem” for completion. Cross off two and you just get the cash to help with your repair bills.

Thats fair.

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Issue the fifth, getting debuffed by others.

Currently if you que for a random instance only to find yourself in an unpopular one it is not unheard of to have most, or all of your group bail on you. This leaves you with the option of standing at the entrance hoping an actual group gets backfilled or taking the deserter debuff and not getting to run for 15 minutes.

How about setting it up in such a way that if over half your group abandons the instance, say before the first boss fight, the remaining players are offered the choice of re-queing  or simply being ported bact to their starting point with no 15 minute debuff.

This would help those who que for random and plan to run what they get, preventing the cowardice of others from hurting their gameplay.

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Issue the sixth, cross server friends list.

Yes I know it’s impractical from a chat standpoint, or for monitoring who is online and when. What I am suggesting is having a the ability to tag people from a different server in such a way that the LFD tool would attempt to group you together again, assuming you are both in the que at the same time.

Not sure from a technical standpoint how difficult that would be, but there it is.

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Over all my experiences with the new grouping tools have been very positive.  Yes, I have run into a few bad apples. The again I have run into some really great folks as well.

I love the new tool, and plan to keep using it. I just thought I would offer up a few tweaks to make it even better.

Starter gear for a Death Knight tank

Good morning,

Vacation was nice, but I am oddly glad to be back. One more three-day weekend upcoming for the New Years holiday and I’ll be back to my normal routine.

While I was off I spent a goodly amount of time in the dungeon finder. I did this mostly at the level cap, but a few on my lower level characters as well. I find that I really enjoy it. More so than I thought I would actually. I picked up the paitient title on my priest, as well as getting my very own pug dog. I even managed to heal my way to 4/5 tier 9 already.

Sometimes I will run as a Dps, usually I will heal. It depends on my mood. I like being able to choose the role I wish to fill and hit the random button to see what happens. There is only one thing.

I can’t fill them all.

Well, I suppose I could. I just don’t want to be the guy that signs up as a tank and then can’t do the job.

Well, you say, if I have a max level Death knight why not just grab a few crafted blues and que up?

Once again, I don’t want to be that guy that signs up and can’t do the job.

I leveled my Death Knight solo for the most part, and once she made it to 80 she pretty much got parked in Dalaran making me money with her Inscription and Jewelcrafting skills. Essentially she was a glorified banker alt. About a week ago I started to get the itch to break her out and try my hand at tanking.

Now I could just gear her up with crafted and BoE gear and go start tanking things. In fact, that is a goodly portion of the plan. I already bought dual talent specs and set myself up with a frost tanking build as my second spec.

The next thing I needed was a gear plan.

There are two ways to go about this. I can either instance my way through normal runs as a tank, or Dps my way through Heroics collecting badges and (if I’m lucky) a few drops along the way.

Personally I am leaning towards Dpsing my way through for a while, as I learn the pulls from a melee standpoint. I will do that to the point that I have me a stack of emblems built up. Once I get there  i’ll up grab some guildies (because guildies rock), throw on my gear,  and give tanking a go.

If I like it and I buy me a bunch of badge gear to fill in whatever spots I never saw a drop for and keep right on rolling. I don’t like it and I buy me a bunch of heirloom gear with the emblems. Either way I come out ahead.

As I said, I need a plan.

A plan that includes only things that can be crafted (regardless of cost), things that can be bought with either emblems or cash, or things that drop in 5 man instances. Might I get really lucky and get a nice shiny while doing the weekly raid quest? Sure. I won’t count on it though.

I am also leaving out the gear from Emblems of Frost, since I will be gathering at most 19 per week. By the time I gathered 50 or 60 to get something I would likely be fully outfitted already. Who knows, maybe I’ll splurge and pick up something later.

What I will need to buy and how I will gem and enchant it will depend on what drops for me along the way. If I bought a set of badge bracers and a Titansteel destroyer, and never saw a single drop to fit another spot, I could fill out with badge gear.

That would cost me a whopping 507 Emblems of Triumph if I went the badge bought tier 9 route, and a jaw dropping 612 if I decided to go for the tier 9.5.  Thats a whole lot of instancing.

So here is my shopping list of gear that would fit the bill, listed in the order I would prefer them.

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Back

 
219
 
Falric, Marwyn – Halls of Reflection (N)
 
213
 
Emblem of Valor (25)
 
219
 
The Captain’s Chest – Halls of Reflection (N)
 
219
 
Devourer of Souls – The Forge of Souls (N)

 

Chest

 
245
 
Emblem of Triumph (75)
 
232
 
Scourgelord Tyrannus – Pit of Saron (H)
 
245
 
Blacksmithing BoE
 
232
 
Emblem of Triumph (50)
 
226
 
Emblem of Conquest (58)
 
219
 
Scourgelord Tyrannus – Pit of Saron (N)
 
219
 
Devourer of Souls – The Forge of Souls (N)
 
245
 
Blacksmithing BoE
 
232
 
Scourgelord Tyrannus – Pit of Saron (H)

 

Feet

 
264
 
Blacksmithing BoE
 
232
 
Devourer of Souls – The Forge of Souls (H)
 
264
 
Blacksmithing BoE
 
226
 
Blacksmithing BoE
 
213
 
Emblem of Valor (40)
 
219
 
Devourer of Souls – The Forge of Souls (N)
 
232
 
The Captain’s Chest – Halls of Reflection (H)
 
200
 
Eadric’s Cache – Trial of the Champion (N)

 

Rings

 
245
 
Emblem of Triumph (35)
 
251
 
Vendor
 
245
 
Emblem of Triumph (35)
 
219
 
Champion’s Cache – Trial of the Champion (H)
 
232
 
The Captain’s Chest – Halls of Reflection (H)
 
232
 
Scourgelord Tyrannus – Pit of Saron (H)
 
245
 
Emblem of Triumph (35)

 

Hands

 
245
 
Emblem of Triumph (45)
 
232
 
Emblem of Triumph (30)
 
226
 
Emblem of Conquest (28)
 
219
 
The Captain’s Chest – Halls of Reflection (N)
 
232
 
The Captain’s Chest – Halls of Reflection (H)
 
200
 
Cache of Eregos – The Oculus (H)
 
232
 
Bronjahm – The Forge of Souls (H)
 
200
 
World Drop
 
200
 
World Drop
 
219
 
World Drop
 
200
 
Zone drop – Halls of Stone

 

Head

 
245
 
Emblem of Triumph (75)
 
232
 
Emblem of Triumph (50)
 
219
 
Eadric’s Cache – Trial of the Champion (H)
 
232
 
The Captain’s Chest – Halls of Reflection (H)
 
219
 
Scourgelord Tyrannus – Pit of Saron
 
200
 
Loken – Halls of Lightning (H)

 

Legs

 
264
 
Blacksmithing BoE
 
245
 
Emblem of Triumph (75)
 
264
 
Blacksmithing BoE
 
219
 
Devourer of Souls – The Forge of Souls (N)
 
232
 
Emblem of Triumph (50)
 
219
 
Bronjahm – The Forge of Souls (N)

 

Neck

 
232
 
The Captain’s Chest – Halls of Reflection (H)
 
226
 
Emblem of Conquest (19)

 

Sigil

 
200
 
Emblem of Heroisim (15)
 
200
 
Emblem of Heroisim (15)

 

Shoulders

 
245
 
Emblem of Triumph (45)
 
232
 
Emblem of Triumph (30)
 
232
 
Forgemaster Garfrost – Pit of Saron (H)
 
219
 
Confessor’s Cache – Trial of the Champion (H)
 
232
 
Devourer of Souls – The Forge of Souls (H)
 
200
 
World Drop

 

Trinkets

 
245
 
Emblem of Triumph (50)
 
245
 
Emblem of Triumph (50)
 
200
 
Quest
 
200
 
The Black Knight – Trial of the Champion (N)
 
232
 
Ick – Pit of Saron (H)
 
200
 
King Dred – Drak’Tharon Keep (H)
 
232
 
Devourer of Souls – The Forge of Souls (H)
 
187
 
Loken – Halls of Lightning (N)
 
200
 
Keristrasza – The Nexus (H)

 

Waist

 
226
 
Emblem of Conquest (28)
 
226
 
Blacksmithing BoE
 
219
 
World Drop
 
200
 
The Black Knight – Trial of the Champion (N)
 
226
 
Blacksmithing BoE

 

Wrist

 
245
 
Blacksmithing BoE
 
213
 
Emblem of Valor (60) (and BoE)
 
232
 
Forgemaster Garfrost – Pit of Saron (H)
 
245
 
Blacksmithing BoE
 
200
 
World Drop
 
232
 
Devourer of Souls – The Forge of Souls (H)
 
219
 
The Black Knight – Trial of the Champion (H)
 
200
 
World Drop

 

Two handed weapons

 
251
 
Quest
 
251
 
Quest
 
232
 
Marwyn – Halls of Reflection (H)
 
232
 
Scourgelord Tyrannus – Pit of Saron (H)
 
219
 
The Captain’s Chest – Halls of Reflection (N)
 
219
 
Confessor’s Cache – Trial of the Champion (H)
 
219
 
Champion’s Cache – Trial of the Champion (H)
 
219
 
Forgemaster Garfrost – Pit of Saron (N)
 
200
 
Blacksmithing BoE

 

One handed weapons (not that I plan on dual weild tanking)

 
251
 
Quest
 
232
 
Scourgelord Tyrannus – Pit of Saron (H)
 
232
 
Falric – Halls of Reflection (H)
 
232
 
The Captain’s Chest – Halls of Reflection (H)
 
251
 
Quest

Fourteen days later

Just fair warning, this post is a bit on the ranty side.

Ok, it’s more than a bit.

I am pissed.

I choose to write it here instead of in the comments sections of other blogs, or worse yet in the blue text of party chat.

Hey, what good is a blog if I can’t vent from time to time?

Just be advised, nothing constructive will come from reading past this point.

 I am going on vacation until next Monday, I’ll see you folks then. Stay safe and have fun.

You can simply take this happy holidays wish, a wave, and a smile and feel free to mark as read.

Still here? /sigh. Well, I guess you must be a glutton for punishment, but I am gonna rant now.

All of two weeks ago today patch 3.3 dropped in all its shiny new LFG goodness.

In that time I have had good and bad things happen.

I had the terribad failpug that I wrote about last week. That one is still the worst, though I have left three others now once they made clear that they were elitist pricks.

I have watched folks struggling with the content, only to end up getting driven from the group by folks that are simply mean.

I honestly can’t think of another way to describe it.

The vast majority of the players I have run across are quietly competent. The simply buff up at the entrance, perhaps say hello, and then roll through doing their job.

Occasionally I have run across people who have no clue what they are doing. Generally the groups I have been in will notice that within a few pulls and offer the less experienced player some advice. Sometimes there is an asshat with that wants to make themselves feel good by running a new player down. Usually there is only one like that, if any, and I have found they are not really that vocal if they don’t have a second elitist tool with them.

Apparently they believe in the safety in numbers thing, even in a virtual world.

I would have loved to have names for the pricks that bailed on us after wiping to wave eight four times at the beginning of one instance (Halls of Reflection, I believe). It was annoying how they wailed and cried saying that it was in fact the fault of the healer and other two Dps. It could not have been them because they were both “hardcore”. It really pissed me off when I found out that you can drop group and be ported out while in combat.

Thats exactly what those asshats did. The pally tank that couldn’t grab all the adds and the mage who apparently did not know how to use a threat meter. Good riddance to them.

Nice job, wipe number five.

It would have been nice to make them be the fly on the wall as we calmly put ourselves back into the que, picked up two more folks (who incidentally were far less “uber-hardcore” than those we had lost) and proceeded to one shot the rest of the instance.

There was only one more death, and that was right at the very end the Rogue went down at the same time as the last ice wall.

When it was all said and done I watched as all four of my party members rolled achievement spam for both normal and heroic.

Other than me, none had ever been there before.

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I have come to expect the occasional asshat while I am hitting up the random heroic. It’s just luck of the draw.

One thing that I am seeing that surprises me though is bloggers that come out as elitist asshats. I have been hearing whining about people purchasing gear with emblems since they started dropping in Karazhan. I am sick to death of it.

Seroiusly, go beat that dead horse elsewhere. I have no place for it in my feed reader.

Guess what you pompous jerks, people are going to get gear. It did not break the game then, and it won’t break the game now.

The only thing I can even fathom as a semi-legitimate whine is this somehow making it harder to tell peoples relative skill level by glancing at them in Dalaran.

Whatever…. I am seriously considering gathering a set of completely ridiculous gear to wear while I am in town. Diamond tipped cane, some low level crafted gear that is enchanted with strength, that kind of thing.

Oh, damn. I wonder if I can put a fiery enchant on my diamond tipped cane? That would look sweet.

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Back to the matter at hand though (as my mind is now whirling with plans to build a set of gear to annoy the gear score folks with).

I am sick of listening to the whining of the self aggrandizing fools those who think they are better than others. People that think that only they and their little band of buddies are worthy of actually playing the game.

I am tired of hearing about how other people are getting carried through heroics by tier 9 raiders.

I am sick to death of whiny prima donnas thinking that their shit don’t stink because they have shinier purples, or a guild tag from a more “leet” guild.

Over all I am sick of the elitist attitude that puts down other players instead of helping them get better.

If acting that way is the only way you can feel good about your self then I don’t want to play at your level. It’s rather sad really if you have to use how much better you are at a video game to justify yourself as “better” than others. It’s even worse when you feel the need to put others down just so you can feel better about yourself.

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Some play to beat the game, some just play for fun, and more than a few just to socialize.

Like Facebook but with much more to do.

I got news for you, you are no different from anyone else in the game.

You are not a special snowflake.

Those you group with are not all just extras in the movie about your life.

They are people, just like you.

Actually I take that back.

They are like you, only with manners.

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I have news for you. I don’t look up in awe at your leetness, I pity you.

Now get out of my pug and go hang out with yout leet friends.

You can all be leet together, and strut about basking in each others leetness.

Ok, it’s time to ask

Here’s the thing folks.

I have me a Death Knight, Diashan, that is at the moment specced for Blood Dps. I would like to get into a bit of tanking but my tanking knowledge is essentially non existant.

My first thought is to simply do the easier heroics as Dps until I have the badges to gear her up as a tank, giving me a leg up. All this will do though is end up with a badge geared DK tank that as far as the LFD is concerned can tank anything out there.

I would not even know which buttons to push.

So who can pass me some advice here?

Gear up as Dps?

Throw myself into normal instances as a freshly specced tank?

Reroll as a Mage?

Say the heck with it and just keep playing on my priest?

Any links, advice, specs, or anything else related would be helpful. Either leave it in the comments or drop me an E-mail at benameless AT gmail DOT com.

Ok, I am going back to hitting up Triumph badges like they are made of solid gold. After all, my priest is only 3/5 tier 9 so far.

Your group is ready.

It was an interesting weekend to be sure. Thats probably why it has taken me nearly a week to digest it and spit out something resembling coherent thoughts. You may have noticed that I have not posted much about patch 3.3 or the new looking for dungeon feature.

Today, I change that.

So far my experience with the new tool has been a perfect storm of fun and frivolity with only the occasional asshat. I have run more heroics since the patch dropped than I have  in total since Wrath went live over a year ago. I am certainly not the only one either.

How do I know this you ask?

Well, I know not every server runs things the same way but there are a few common threads that I see. Things that tell me whether a person has spent a lot of time in groups. I am not saying that spending more time grouping makes you better, just that you will tend to have slightly different behaviors.

Take the worm tank here as an example.

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One of my groups, one that I ran all three new instances with I might add, was a complete hodge-podge. Five people from four different servers. The Death Knight tank was a little on the squishy side, but we were able to handle it. He did however have the talent for bloodworms.

They did for him exactly what they did for me. At the end of a combat they would sometimes decide they were still hungry and go start chomping on the next batch of mobs. As I said, the tank knew his job and did it well. The fact that he still uses worms led me to believe he has not grouped often though.

Over all a good grup and an enjoyable series of runs.

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Another group, the one that was my only real fail pug, was actually a guild run from another server. Three dps and a tank all guilded together ended up getting me to heal them through the russian roulette random pug system. They were about halfway through the second of the new instances, stuck on the boss that throws the hunks of saronite at the group. Apparently they were also on their third healer.

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The Paladin tank insisted on pulling at seemingly at random. Often charging in right after I finished resurrecting and rebuffing the group. Since I can’t be bothered to look at my screenshots right now we shall just call him “Pala-don’t!”  

 Oh, did I mention that I was the only one who ran from the graveyard? Not even the asshats who could rez would run back to help.

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The Rogue should have been named “likes to get cleaved”. On the plus side I quickly learned not to waste what little mana the tank would let me get by trying to heal said Rogue. Apparently she was using tissue paper armor and dual wielding butter knives. I actually think she got one shotted more often than I did. More than one fight she was down so fast my shadowfiend was ahead of her in damage.

Just picture a boss one shotting someone and then looking down and saying “Oh, my bad… I didn’t see you standing there”.

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Then we have the Mage who should have been named “likes to stand in bad stuff”. Yes you can put out awesome Dps as illustrated by you posting damage meters constantly, once during a boss fight. However quit whining about me not healing you when you stand in the glowing green crap.

As I told you when you called me out on it. My priorities are as follows. Me, the tank, the Druid, You, then the Rogue. The Rogue would have been ahead of you, but she would die before and instant cast could get there. You will get healed in your turn, if I can, regardless of how many times you “cry out for healing”.

Oh, and I know it involved pushing a button and wiggling the mouse a little bit, but hows about a table Mr. Mage?

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Last but not least comes the wonderfully helpful kitty Druid, the one henceforth known as “Asscat”, since it rhymes with asshat, and thats what you were.

You want to forget to throw Druid buffs after a wipe? Fine. I can heal without it.

You want to go charging off before I can get enough mana back to top off the group before the next fight? Um, ok… thats on you I guess.

You feel the need to Innervate the Mage when I am sucking fumes with all my cooldowns burned? Well, if you like dirt naps, I suppose that makes sense.

When I start taking offense Mr. Asscat is when your dual feral spec self decides to call me out as a failure and claim to be able to do a better job. You opened that can of worms and got exactly what you asked for.

Thirty seconds later I was standing there in shadow form telling you to prove it.

A few seconds later I was vote kicked by the fail pug and they went in search of their fourth healer.

I felt sorry for the next guy.

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On a random side note. Running an instance with a group of raving asshats actually had some value.

It makes all the runs with normal folks just out to have a bit of fun and farm up some badges far more enjoyable.

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