Spent quite some time this last weekend pugging a lot of Heroics.
I wanted to get in there and beat things up, and in our guild at the moment we just don’t have very many healers on and at 80 just yet.
So, what the heck. I hate pugs, I really can’t stand them… but sometimes you pull the handle on the machine, and three cherries pop up, and you meet someone really cool. It can happen.
Got stories about two Heroic PuGs for ya.
One of the Heroics on my list to do is Heroic Violet Hold. I’d done it on regular, and had a lot of fun. There was someone spamming trade channel, “LF tank, last boss of Heroic Violet Hold.”
Well, shoot! A single boss, dip my feet in Heroic VH waters… not too bad. I’m supposed to do something, but I have a half hour or so, so what the heck.
Violet Hold is an instance in Dalaran where waves of mobs come at you from portals, same as Caverns of Time: The Black Morass. Exactly the same as Black Morass. But without trash to clear first.
The major difference, of course, is that which bosses you get are random, it’s not always the same ones at Phase 6, 12 and 18 each time.
I’ve heard it’s pretty brutal on Heroic, and if you get the wrong combination of bosses, it can get nasty.
But, they say they only need a tank for the last boss. That’s not too bad.
It does surprise me, since I thought that once the waves began, you were pretty much on the go the whole time, no breaks. I didn’t realize that if you wiped at the last boss, you could pick it back up there. But what the heck, it would be nice to help some folks out, for some reason no one is answering their call for a tank… and they’ve been asking for awhile… so sure.
I come on inside… and there is one player I’ve seen around the server before, Racoon, a pretty nice guy. Ran into him while questing in Sholozar Basin, he pitched in and helped unasked on the last boss in the Frenzyheart/Oracle questline when Cassie needed it. Really went out of his way to be cool. Another time in Sholozar, I was doing the Titan ultimate weapon undead beatdown quest, and I’ve done it before and kicked it’s butt, but he happened to be there, and ready, and instead of taking the boss down himself and making he wait, totally unasked he dropped out of his Titan and invited me to group up so I’d get credit too. Yeah, nice guy. So I’ve got a good feel for the run. The rest of the folks in there were NOT guildies of his, but I’d heard of their guild, and the one Shaman guy I’d seen around and had always seemed cool. So hey, I lucked out!
The run gets started… and hey, wait a sec… the portal counter is at 1/18, and here comes the first wave of portal trash. We’re not in vent of course, and no one is talking… I figure I got suckered.
Sure enough, along comes wave 6/18, out comes a boss to fight… and when he dies, no loot or Emblems.
Boss at phase 12 comes out, no loot or Emblems. I’m tanking the whole thing, and no loot. But it’s fast, it’s fun, the group is doing well except for the Shadow Priest that can never seem to attack the mob I’m actually on and pulls aggro constantly, but that’s why Blizz gave us 20 yard Growls, right? And I’m getting nice, tasty rep from everything, so what the heck.
We get to phase, I dunno, 15 or 16, and all of a sudden my health is dropping like a rock. I pop everything, hold in there for a little while longer, but finally, boom, dead. I’m down. It lookwed to me like either the healer D/Ced or got stunned or something took him out. Maybe he got silenced?
I wait for a bit, and things are going frantic, it looks bad… but they might be able to kill this wave.
I made a very bad decision. There is no other druid for battle rez, so I release to the graveyard and try to run back in, figuring as soon as the current wave is over I’ll get back in and pick it up.
Nope. Once you release, apparently you can never get back in. But, if the wave is killed, a normal rez can be cast. So, I screwed up big time by releasing.
Some of the others asked me in whispers why I did that, and I tried to explain that I’d never ever wiped in Violet Hold before, I didn’t realize I wouldn’t be able to get back in at all. They were cool about it. The Shaman that was healing me apologised for letting me die, he got really sick feeling and went afk in the middle of the fight. Hey, that happens.
But as the conversations with normal human beings is going on, the Shadow Priest… that lovely, lovely Shadow Priest… unloads on me in whispers. Calls me noob and moron and idiot and stupid, tells me I suck as a tank, that I’m crap, that I am the stupidest player in the game, the worst tank on the server, on and on, and then gets into the four letter word category and keeps going.
I respond for a bit explaining what happened, being nice and calm, because I’m feeling charitable. The guy is clearly a compete turd. So I might as well be nice, what’s the point.
Sure enough, I don’t react the way he wanted, so he exploded into some incoherent enraged frothy thing, then put me on ignore.
So folks leave the group, I leave the group and go about my business, tell Racoon that I’m sorry it went down like that…
And the Shaman comes back and invites me to group. With Racoon and some other new person. They want to try it again, sorry for going afk, he feels better now.
Okay, sure! I tell them that sounds fine, as long as that Shadow Priest ain’t in there, I had no interest in running with him after the vile crap he spewed.
I get dumped from group. No explanation.
Well, I think I can figure it out. The Shaman is in the same guild as the Shadow Priest, and I told the Shaman I won’t run with said Priest.
I whisper the Shaman and ask him what was up, and after being told he removed me since I wasn’t going to run with the Priest, I told him I’d make him a deal. He tells the Priest to stfu, and I’d tank it, ’cause I like the Shaman and Racoon. He says okay… but we ain’t doing Violet Hold. They want to do Heroic Azjol-Nerub, because it’s the daily, and they tried earlier and wiped on the last boss. So all the early bosses and trash are gone, but they want to go back in and try the last boss.
Well… nothing drops for me off that boss, but it’s Emblems and the daily Heroic, so why not? As long as the Priest keeps his ignorant retard 10 year old Eminem-wannabe mouth shut, it should be fine!
And it was. Fast in, clear a teeny trash mob, find everything else cleared, kill boss. Emblems, loot, yay!
And I drop that group like a hot potato, important lessons learned.
Cassie sat down and watched the last boss fight with me, and when I mentioned the Priest’s antics, she told me “I’ve seen that guild around the server, the ones that talk in trade chat always seem pretty immature.”
Hmmm. Well, that’s too bad. Certainly didn’t improve their reputation with me any by having that idiot in their guild. And it wasn’t enhanced any further when, after I mentioned what the Priest had said to me was like, the other player in the guild just loled and told me that, yeah, he was a friend, and he was just like that.
Umm, okay. Whatever.
I’d mention the Priest’s name, but to be honest, if I did that, someone would go look him up on the armory, and then find out the guild name, and I’d rather not sully an entire guilds’ reputation on this blog because of one asshat. Now, if it was the guild leader, that would be a different story. But hey, telling you that there are asshats in pugs… this is not news, am I right?
But there is a flip side to this. Let’s move on to Heroic PuG story number two.
I saw someone advertising for a Heroic Oculus run last night, again the daily, needing only the tank. I volunteered, and we went in.
And becasue I had never done Oculus before, I had to learn as I went, discussing marks, pulls, and working our way through.
We killed everything up to the last boss, but there were a few wipes along the way. And I felt bad about every single one of them.
It was a true pug, we had someone from Vendetta, someone from Illuminaughty, at the start no two folks were from the same guild.
But not one, single, solitary person was ever less than patient and understanding for my tanking mistakes. One player, Cravenheart, a Death Knight, took it upon himself to explain each fight in a calm fashion, and did a great job, but the whole darn run was a lot better than I had any right to expect, because everyone really was a mature, patient individual. No drama, no fights, no blame calling when something happened… just trying to get through it together.
Sadly, we wiped many, many times on the last boss, once even at 3%, but nobody actually threw a fit about it. We just kept plugging away at it until it got so bloody late a bunch of us HAD to leave to take care of dinner and family and what have you. A long, long, long run… and yet, even at the end… no bitterness, no name calling, no crankiness or bitching.
An amazing group. Truly.
I logged off, came back a few hours later… and had mail. From Cravenheart, of the Oculus pug.
Dude actually apologised in the mail for not having had us roll for the Dream Shards from disenchanted drops before we left the group, so he mailed me one.
I was mailed a Dream Shard from a guy in a PuG, because he thought it was the right way to handle it.
Sometimes… sometimes, you just want to take somebody like that Shadow Priest, put him face to face with the Death Knight, or anyone else from the second PuG, and scream at him, “Look! THIS is a person that’s a pleasure to run with! THIS is who I want to see again in a PuG! YOU are just a complete little immature sack of shit on my ignore list! And no, the problem is not the world around you is being unfair and not understanding you. We understand you just fine. You want us to look deeper… but there is no deeper. You’ve got no depths. It’s a shallow layer, and it’s asshat to the bone, baby.”
Well, I gotta say. Cassie watches these runs with me, and she said it for me… “I can’t wait until we can keep our runs entirely within the guild.”
Because as great as that second group was… it only takes one like the first to make me want to swear off PuGs forever.