… Too soon?
As I raided on Saturday night, my level 9 (I mean nine year old, damnit!) son Alex wanted to take his level 60 Druid into some instances.
Here is where I’m going to admit to some probably poor logic on my part.
I asked him not to go into the level 60 Hellfire instances as part of a group yet, because his gear is mostly scattered lower level stuff. I know that, once you hit Outlands, people start getting pissy about having good gear. They have ridiculous “You should be able to solo this place at level 60″ expectations, and generally piss poor elitist attitudes.
I’ve seen it on every character I’ve leveled since the Cataclysm. I don’t know why. The heirlooms people have, if they have them, are the same ones they had since level 1.
Maybe it’s that people are confused by all the changes to the original instances and cut each other some slack, but once hitting Outlands everything is the same as in the old days, and so it’s worthy of arrogant disdain?
Is it that most people ran the old instances until they had them memorized, and they are so poor at introspection they can’t conceive of someone else seeing them for the first time?
I dunno. I do know I’ve personally seen a serious shift in attitude among players once hitting Outlands, so before Alex hits them I’d like to make an effort to get his gear at a reasonable baseline of kickass. After all, he has no heirlooms to OP the stuff, he has to get by on drops and skill. :)
So, since I didn’t want him to be subjected to abuse by petty little asshats in Outlands instances, I suggested he try queueing for one of the PvP Battlegrounds instead.
Oh, shush. I never said I was overly blessed with common sense, did I?
Wanting to have fun stuff for another Cub Report had nothing to do with it, I swear!
I suggested he get on his level 82 Death Knight, and queue up for Arathi Basin. All this while I was in Dragon Soul getting my healing on.
I told him, “It’s okay, it’s easy. All you have to do is go in there and kill Horde. Try not to be all alone, find some other Alliance and tag along with them. If you see Horde, kill ’em. If you’re all alone, you might die, so try not to get surrounded and cut off from support.”
Then I let him go have fun.
As he was waiting in the hut for the timer to go off, I pointed out that there were five flags, what the locations were called, and that generally whoever held the most flags the most time won. So you could capture flags, and defend flags if there were too few people at your location, and go try to take flags away from the Horde. Bye! Have fun storming the Lumber Mill!”
He did Arathi Basin, and then he queued for another, and then he did an Eye of the Storm (or two). There was also an Alterac Valley in there. I mostly tossed a few words of advice and let him roll.
As he played PvP, and as I raided, the achievements started rolling on in.
An Honorable Kill. Damage Control. The Grim Reaper. Know Thy Enemy. Stormtrooper. Take a Chill Pill. Eye of the Storm Victory. 100 Honorable Kills. That Takes Class.
I was just telling him “grats!” and pretty much not paying too much attention to the Achievement spam, until he got to “Stormtrooper“.
Wait, what the hell is he doing?
That is when I looked close, and he’s in there just freaking dominating the center of Eye of the Storm, ganking the flag carriers from the Horde side and protecting the carriers fro the Alliance that picked the flag up.
I suggested he go try and capture some of the bases. Like the one the Fel Reaver dominates.
Then I turned back to the raid… but every once in a while, he’d say something as he muttered to himself while running around killing all the things.
I was listening and enjoying the commentary, but there was one line that made me pull out the pad of paper and the pen to write some of the true gems down.
“I’ll kick their butts until they’re red, sore and dead.”
Oh yes, I’m bringing him up right.
“What what what?!? I just noticed the Horde are controlling THREE BASES! Time to get rolling!” No, I’m not joking, that’s exactly what he said, while standing over the body of a dead Horde flag carrier.
I knew he was one of us at heart though, when he finished an Arathi Basin loss, and had this to say;
“I swear, that last one? The Horde had seventeen in AB, because there were ten swarming us in Lumber Mill, and then seven holding Blacksmith! That’s not right!”
Ah, he’s already begun complaining about how the Horde cheat in PvP. God, my chest is just swelling with pride.
As I was tucking him into bed for the night, I asked him how he liked his first time in player versus player battlegrounds. This is what he told me.
“I think the Horde get more achievements than the Alliance.”
You know, Alex, you’ve got a Goblin Hunter. You could go Horde.
“That’s right! I could join the winning team!”
Ah, from out of the mouths of babes. Or baby face eaters, anyway.
He was so excited to get in there again, he got up early this morning, raced downstairs and did some PvP on his level 60 Druid. Then he switched over and tried his Goblin Hunter once.
Apparently, the one time he did it on his Goblin, they lost.
When I got up out of bed, I asked him how it went.
He looked at me sorrowfully and said, “I think I’m cursed. I even lost on my Horde.”
I started to try and reassure him that he wasn’t cursed, that a single win or loss doesn’t indicate a trend, when he told me, “Oh, I know I’m not really cursed, I just like pretending I am.”
It was like rockets went off in my head, exploding with sudden understanding. The epiphany rocked me on my ass.
Suddenly, I understood all the whining QQ threads from people who endlessly bitch on the WoW forums about PvP wins and losses, class nerfs, other classes getting buffed, and all around whaaaaah.
Sure, sometimes there are very valid issues that people want to report on the forums in order to help Blizzard understand key issues in the game.
But then there are all the rest of the posts on the forums, and it’s not always that people really are screwed over in PvP, or nerfed, or annoyed at other people getting buffed.
It’s that it can be fun to have something to bitch about, even if you have to make that something up! Then you’ve got a reason to wallow, if only for a brief moment, in the “Oh woe is me, why am I so persecuted, it’s not fair” land of sadness and sorrow.
Holy shit, why didn’t I see that before? Now it all makes sense!
Well heck, now I understand the forums. Talk about clueless, I finally get what it was all about.
Wait, what the hell was my last post about? Oh, shit.
Uh, excuse me, gotta go delete something real quick. This’ll take just a sec. BRB. /scurry
PS. I’m planning on talking to Tesh, but I can easily envision a new Alex-inspired T-shirt. A huge Horde symbol, with the words “Go Horde! Join the winning team!” on the front. How hilarious.