Look, okay, I know I turned forty recently.
But it’s just a number. I didn’t freaking transform into a different person.
I swear I feel exactly the same as normal.
So…. why is it I keep running into these situations that make me wanna scream “Get off my lawn you little delinquent bastards!!!”
Case in point…
Last night, Nighthawque, our guilds most active healer for Heroics (at least during the times that I’m online) came on and wanted to run something.
The number of folks in the guild online at the moment?
Four. With three 80s available counting me and Night, and as a weeknight, it should come as no surprise that Nasirah wanted to, like, go to bed.
And Cassie was out of the picture watching Lipstick Jungle or something.
Night wanted to Healzors and get Emblems, and I could come tank… so we did the ever dreaded “Tank and Heals looking for three solid DPS for Heroic Gundrak, pst”
Why Heroic Gundrak?
I wanted a shot at the Gored Hide Legguards for my tank set, and if Cassie was on the run I’d of course pass for her… without her in the run, I could roll greed on them with a clear conscious.
I’ve done Gundrak on normal. Once. We kinda felt our way through, with Suvon’s guidance. But in Heroic, there is that extra bonus boss, and I wasn’t sure how to get to him. And I’d heard ugly things about the first Snake boss.
So here we were, not only wanting to go, but we were gonna be winging it. With an audience of three that will be asking themselves “Who the hell are these Sidhe Devils noobs, anyway?”
From asking on LFG, we got a Death Knight, a Hunter, and then the Death Knight knew another Hunter that could go.
And my crankiness, my inherent grumpiness that has apparently been augmented and boosted by the power of the mystical FOUR-OH kicked into gear.
The Death Knight? Cool. Nice and friendly on party chat.
The Death Knight’s Hunter friend? The same.
The third Hunter from LFG channel?
Set off my cranky switch instantly. INSTANTLY, I tell you!
When I posted my nice, long statement, using proper words and spelling, that a tank and healer were looking for three solid dps for Heroic Gundrak, his total response was one word; INVITE.
Not “Please invite me”, or “I can go”, or “Are you full, yet?”, or “Have an opening for a Hunter?”
Like he’s ordering me to invite him, “Invite me now, and you’re too far beneath my notice to waste an entire sentence or even a partial sentence on.”
Reading too much into a one word response? Oh hells yeah, but still… stuff like that, when you’re looking for members of a PuG, send little warning flares off into the sky in your peripheral vision… “Warning! May be rough skies ahead!”
Nothing to dwell on, but something to tell you to keep an eye out.
After getting invited, he never says another word in chat. Not a single word.
The other Hunter and the Death Knight are chatting away, very articulately and politely, but this one guy is just dead silent.
Okay, so maybe he’s the strong and silent type. Or shy.
We get there, we get summoned, we get lined up on the first trash pull prior to the Snake boss.
The trash pull is a mess of confusion, and I’m not sure what the heck is going on. I marked kill order, but it seems like stuff is going away from me and onto the other players and I can’t see why.
Second pull is exactly the same, a mess of confusion.
It’s almost like someone is ignoring my marks and targeting something else. Like what we used to see, when someone would target an unmarked opponent so they could rack sole DPS on that one mob the entire pull, and shine on the DPS charts.
You know, the old favorite of DPS chart lovers everywhere, the technique of letting the other DPS players focus on kill order like idiots, and having their numbers dip because they are pausing to change targets after each one dies, while you can fire away non-stop on just one mob. Usually the non-marked one so you know you have it all to yourself. Inflating those DPS numbers, making you look more valuable to the group.
Reading too much in after a couple disorganized trash pulls?
Well… yeah, but for the love of God, it’s been a long time since a simple trash pull on three freaking snakes just went bugshit on me. SOMETHING is going on.
I look at Snake boss, Night is telling me about a strategy he knows about pulling back to the arched entryway, having me tank him there while everyone else is up on the ramp forcing adds to come all the way past me in a little narrow channel, and some folks are moving up there, some are milling around, we are 5 seconds into talking about where to pull to, we aren’t up to mana yet, I am in caster form standing there in the arch asking “Is THIS where I’m supposed to stand?”…
And I get a raid warning that the boss is pulled and I get an aggro flash on my screen.
WHAT. THE. FUCK.
I’m standing there in my fruit of the looms, we’re still only 5 seconds in to talking about how to handle the Snake boss in Heroic so we all live, and that little cocksucker ran in, Misdirected and fired into the boss. Not a single word to anyone.
In fact, when I had asked if everyone was ready before the trash pulls, he hadn’t responded then either. Not a word. When I specifically called his name after the rest had said ready, he said “what”.
Like, what do you mean, what? Are. You. Ready? Is the question really THAT hard?
Anyway, okay. Situation is, the little prick pulled the boss before anyone else is ready at all, hell before the tank is even in Bear form. Nobody knows where they are supposed to be, the adds come rolling, I am in a narrow little doorway with no freaking visibility… we all frantically get to business, shifting and Challenging Roar and yadda yadda, and we took him down and only lost the Death Knight in the process.
And I ask, “Who pulled?”
I know who pulled. I want the answer.
Silence from the Huntard, And the Hunter friend of the Death Knight said “Not me.”
I said that’s what I thought, and told them that I was done. Party over, nice to see yah, buh bye. I do not play with that level of shit in the group.
The Death Knight and Hunter were very surprised that I would choose to quit rather than just boot the retard hunter asshat from inside the instance.
But it is actually very simple. We’ve talked about it before.
Once a boss is dead, you are saved to the instance.
Even if you remove someone from the group, they are still in the instance… and won’t get booted. They stay inside. And while there are five inside, another can’t come in.
I’ve read another blogger share a story of five hour camping of a Heroic Shattered Halls run, because he was booted from the group after clearing the whole thing and getting to the last boss, and the other four wanted to bring their buddy in for the last boss to try and get the Epic drop now that the hard stuff was done… and the person booted said “Nope, ain’t leaving until all trash has respawned. I fought it all the way, and I’m not leaving just because you want to boot me so your buddy can get the loot he didn’t earn in any way. Screw you guys.”
So, while I applaud the person that took a firm position and refused to stand silently aside while the four assclowns brought in their buddy and kicked him to the curb, it also works the other way… if you have someone that is just THAT bad, booting them from a run after a boss is dead on Heroic mode is a waste of time… if they are childish enough to camp it and not leave.
But there is a hope, a slim hope, if he’s the type that gets bored easy and I let him think he’d be wasting his time by camping because we all were leaving right away.
I remove him from the group, say in front of him that I quit and that I was gonna leave, it was over. Then I went outside fast to the summoning stone, and talk to Night about what we ought to do next. Try and find a fifth and hope the Huntard leaves the instance quick? Is the Huntard still there? Has he moved?
And I watch as the Huntard follows me right out of the instance and runs on by.
Woot! My thanks to the short attention span generation!
Nighthawque says to me in ventrilo, “Omigod, there’s a Rogue on LFG channel, Gnomenstein, he’s awesome, he’s incredible, great person, I’ve run with him before, quick, invite him! Invite him!”
All right, all right already, keep your panties on, I’m inviting. I’m inviting.
Gnomenstein comes into the group, and I explain that we have already downed the Snake boss. Is that okay?
He says it is, he just wants the ring from the alst boss, so we summon him, we run in. It’s all good, we’re all inside.
So… I had a simply horrible start to Heroic Gundrak. Was it truly ALL that one Huntard? Was I right to be cranky, grumpy, and boot his ass after that surprise pull?
Well, let’s see. What was the rest of the run like?
Do the words “easy mode walk in the park fun frolic” impart anything of the experience?
It was challenging, as anything done for the first time in an unfamiliar group can be challenging.
But at no time after that did I EVER feel that the group was nuts or lost or out of control.
Even with the frantic hopping lunacy of the Frog boss, the run felt as though everyone was on the same plan, working well together, and kicking ass.
After the first boss, I was poised to be even MORE grumpy… and instead, at the end of the run, I didn’t want to quit. We chatted for a few minutes, laughed a bit, added each other to our friends lists, and said “I’ll see you again! Great job, everyone!”
Sometimes, even when you are afraid you are being overly critical or cranky about something, you SHOULD occasionally trust your instincts, even if you’re afraid you’re just being Mr Crabby.
Because after removing the Huntard from the group, every single possible thing about that group improved dramatically.
It was a Total Transformation!