My fellow Marines know what the title refers to. 🙂
It’s applicable to the night I had, though. In more ways than one.
It was mostly a big upper of a night. I have mentioned that I’m feeling the Shaman groove thang, and I went at it full bore.
I started off the evening at level 58, Enhancement specced, with 264 Leatherworking and 360 Skinning.
I first polished off my Leatherworking to 300 using my bank full of saved mats I’ve been too lazy to craft with for the last year. I’ve just been skinning and cramming the stuff in the bank for a loooong time.
Hey, there is room in dat dere bank now!
Once my LW was up to par, it was time to wave farewell to scenic Azeroth… GOOD RIDDANCE!
God, I’m sick of leveling in the old world. Flying mounts in Azeroth to speed up leveling alts, NOW.
Hey, you added Bind on Account items… how about a Bind on Account flying mount, and let us use them in Azeroth? PLEASE?!?
Or do you really want no more new healers coming down the pipeline?
All I can say is, I hope and pray a new Hero class is coming, and that it’s a healer class.
Anyway, hello, sunny outlands! Home of the Fel Reaver that will stomp your poor old Shammy butt flat in about 3 seconds…
I wandered around, I did some quests, I dinged 59…
And said “To hell with this, fortune favors the bold” and went to the vendor, sold every piece of gear I had, went to the AH, bought all Intellect/Spellpower/Crit/MP5 gear, and then went and respecced to Elemental.
Yes, I did it at 59, not 60.
Did I study a spec?
Oh, hell no. I just cherry picked stuff that sounded spell damage-y, threw my gear on, went through my Spellbook and rearranged stuff on my bar purely by reading such uninformative things as.. GASP!.. the tooltips…
And went back into Outlands with a smile on my face determined to try something new.
My starting setup was to have Flametongue Weapon and Water Shield up at all times, have two Totems as my “always drop if I’m fighting more than two seconds” totems, Totem of Wrath for Spellpower and Crit and of course the Mana Totem.
For rotation, I had the Lightning Bolt for pulls, throw down one or two of them, have Flame Shock for a small up front hit and DoT for most pulls once they got in range, Frost Shock for up front fast damage or finishing move, and Earth Shock for spellcasting sleazebags.
Anyway, so I’m powering through the pulls, having fun, getting two or three extra on me and handling it most of the time, but the adds really push back the heals, and I miss Maelstrom Weapons’ insta-cast heal. But it’s fun, it really is. I think I’m getting the hang of it.
I quest a bit, I ding 60… it’s pie in the sky time, because now I have Thunderstorm. And a fast mount, of course… but THUNDERSTORM!!!
I go train everything, hook up at the AH for more upgrades, and hit Outlands again.
Oh wow… Thunderstorm is FUN!
I was just having a blast… pulling a mob, rolling around it and getting to where I wanted, and then popping Thunderstorm to knock the mob off like a billiard ball. It was hilarious.
“Fel Orc off the cliff… swoosh! Two points!”
I was truly enjoying it.
Having lots of simple fun, enjoying the game, taking my mind off recent troubles… riding that emotional high from learning, doing, and succeeding…
And then I got that quest.
If you play Alliance, you know the one.
You are given an Anchorite Relic, and told to go and kill some Fel Orcs, and the Relic would summon forth their spirits, and then you kill them all over again for revenge. Really nice, spiritually moving and uplifting. Bleagh.
And the mechanic for this quest is you have to pop the Relic, which lasts 5 minutes… and then drag the orc within range of it, so a blue beam hits the orc… when the orc dies, it’s soul is sucked TO the relic, and that is where the spirit spawns, and then it runs to you to fight all over again.
This area is fairly small, the mobs are tightly packed, the relic will only activate if you are pretty damn close to the orc spawn points, and the orcs chain pull… which is lots of fun if you are fighting two orcs, and when you kill one the damn thing’s spirit comes back to continue double teaming you.
It’s potentially a fun quest, because it is challenging. Setting your Relic in position, controlling the pulls, only allowing one mob to die at a time to control the adds, etc. It can be fun and give you a fine sense of accomplishment for keeping your cool under pressure, unless you pick a spot to solo pull where you won’t have to ever worry about adds. There are one or two spots like that I’ve seen folks use before.
The problem arises in the Relic mechanic.
Your Relic is tied to you. And it pulls the spirit from any orc that dies next to your Relic… as long as your Relic is the closest.
The Relic lasts for 5 minutes, so you can’t just cancel and move. But it does make this an area that was famous in the heyday of Outlands and BC for asshats to go, wait for you to drop your Relic, pull two or even three mobs… and then they would run up and drop theirs CLOSER to the mobs than yours was, and THEY would get the tag on the spirits by standing and AoEing on their Relic when the spirits spawned there.
So, things to be aware of. But that’s all a long time in the past.
The biggest problem with the area is how few mobs there are if you get more than three people doing the quest. But the mobs respawn really fast, and having to place your Relic usually means that if someone has started in one area, you can setup in another and not inconvenience anyone else.
So, I had the quest, I was well aware of the history and setup of the area… but I was looking forward to orc juggling with Thunderstorm!
I get to the area, and first thing I see is a Death Knight has already set his Relic right at the outermost edge of the zone, in the middle of the ramp up, where it is as far from orc spawn points on the rocks as possible and still be in the zone where the Relic will activate.
It occurs to me that is a fairly cowardly place to put it, it shows little faith in a players ability to handle adds, but hey, he’s a Death Knight. He’s probably still trying to adapt to a new playstyle. Even though he does have a lot more health than I do. No lie, Death Knights easily sport 4900 health at the same level as me, and I have about 3200.
But, like I said.
Cluck, cluck ,cluck, not my concern.
To be on the safe side, I figure I’ll go all the way around the entire area, and come at it from the exact opposite side, over near the mountain.
That way, he has that entire side to pull to his Relic, and I can pull mobs on the other side near the mountain without ever coming anywhere near each other. It’s the polite thing to do, you need ten spirits to complete the quest, and that gets to be a pain after a while.
I come in on my side, set my Relic, make my first double pull, since the pair closest to me are standing real close together, and start juggling.
It’s exciting, it’s frantic, it’s just what I hoped. It’s fun. And I’ve got a good measure on Thunderstorm, it knocks them back far enough for me to finish one off and get a dot on the other before melee again, without aggroing an extra mob.
I finish off my two, thanks to Water Shield and Mana Totem I’m still fine for go juice, I throw down a Healing Wave, go to pull my next target…
And the Death Knight runs through the middle of the entire camp, a long, long run, passing by at least 5 other mobs that were closer to him in the rocks, to pull the mob I had targeted.
And then he pulls a couple of the others closest to my Relic, and drags them ALL THE WAY BACK to the other side of the camp, where he proceeds to take them down. And then he moves on back to the other ones that were close to him in the first place.
The little cocksucker ran across the camp for no other reason than to pull the mobs that I was going to hit, when he had PLENTY on his side of the camp.
I’m just incredulous.
Are you serious? What the…
I whisper him. I almost never feed trolls, but I’m annoyed, and I am also curious to know what he’s got to say. Usually if someone does something that annoys me for a second, like grabs an ore node I’m actually standing on mining, it can be explained away as someone flying really fast, diving down and hitting “mine” before they noticed I was there. A mistake, that’s all. Easily explained away.
But with this, this totally up front in your face blatant asshattery, I just have to ask… so I do. I HAVE to know what he’ll say. They ALWAYS have something to say, it’s no fun if they ignore the person they just screwed. They have to have a smartass reply. In the movie rolling inside their head, where they were just totally badass and shoved something in someone else’s face, they have that Terminator “I’ll be back” line all queued up and they really want an excuse to use it. But it’s best to use it when someone feeds you a straight line, so you can throw that smartass remark back for the little grinding touch.
What could he possibly say? Does he have an imaginative spin on it? Or does he have some choice 13 year old expletive deleteds? What?
So I do it. I ask. “Why did you run all the way over here to pull those mobs?”
He whispers back, “Too bad.”
That’s it? “Too bad“? That’s the best he can come up with?
Whatever, that’s just lame. I was hoping for something with some pizzazz. Maybe a “This camp ain’t big enough for the both of us, pard. Best be on the next Griffon out of town or it’s your ass.”
Nope. No style, no wit. Just a dick.
I reply “Nicely done”, because yes I am sarcastic by nature and he was a prick. But I don’t see the need to swear at him. Just a little gentle dig to annoy him with my lack of a response, a quick add to the ignore list, and then on to wait for a respawn on my side.
I wait for a few minutes, a couple respawn near me, I get them on me, I’m getting them down… and our pal the Death Knight runs over to me, drops his Relic between mine and the mobs, and finishes them off before I can drag them so they are closer to my Relic than his. Both spirits go to his Relic.
The worthless little sack of shit just intentionally waited until I fought them both down, and then dropped his Relic to take the spirits!
Now, don’t forget, we are the only two people out here. There is no competition for these pulls. I even went way out of my way to give him a TON of free space.
He just did it, all of it, to be a prick.
He then proceeded to show that, yes, Death Knights are a LITTLE overpowered, by pulling all the rest of the mobs in the entire camp, and hitting them with that chain Plague of theirs.
So, like, apparently he needed 20 spirits for his quest?
Well, anyway. Congratulations, Lieden, Death Knight on Kael’thas. You are a pathetic, unimaginative, cowardly little asshole.
You’re not even worth the term ‘asshat’. Asshat kind of has style. You have no style. You’re just a dick.
I’ve called people out on this blog before. It’s not something I have any intention of making a habit. At all. In fact, I seriously doubt any good can ever come of it, because people have the potential to change, but the words on this blog can remain forever, long after the person has grown up and moved on and actually stopped being a dick.
But this guy… Lieden… he won the game.
If his purpose was to get a rise out of someone, and he certainly managed to make it clear to me that being a dick was his first priority… well, he won.
I hope that someone points this blog post out to you, Lieden. I hope you read it, and realize that yes, you can cherish knowing that you did get to me. You absolutely did affect my emotions, and your being a dick, coming from totally out of nowhere in left field, killed that great feeling I had all night.
I’m only human, and as much as I would have loved at the time to just let it roll right off my back and continue to have fun, somehow encountering you, and being reminded of the presence of complete dicks in the game just wiped away that good feeling.
I’m not a robot, and I can’t just decide to be happy. I could fake it, but where is the point in that?
I was having fun, then I wasn’t.
And it wasn’t you, so much as the knowledge that I’m playing a game that has you in it. You’re nothing. You’re a pimple on the ass of an elephant, worthless and of no consequence whatsoever.
But knowing that every time I log in, I’m sharing the same game… and knowing that your REAL toon could be anyone. That’s what crushed my mood for that moment.
Lieden, you managed to go out of your way… WAY out of your way to be a dick.
And you know what? It’s so incredibly childish I can’t believe it, but why the heck not. I’ve had a hell of a bad few weeks, and I will certainly feel better if I tee off on someone that oh so richly deserves it.
So I am returning the favor, by going out of my way here on my blog to make sure that every friend I have that reads this blog knows it. And knows your name, Lieden.
I am even going to add a “Hall of Shame of Kael’thas” section to the side of my blog, reserved for those assholes that pull something like you did, for no reason at all. And if your name is the only one to reside there… well, so what? That would be a good thing.
But in the future, on your shiny new Death Knight, I truly hope that you make the mistake of asking one of my friends here for an invite to a guild, or for an instance run, or simply to craft something for you, and are denied.
Because there is one harsh truth in this world, asshole.
You are what you do when you think nobody is watching.
Maybe you’re in a guild where you are watched, you’re raiding and can’t act like who you REALLY are or you’ll lose your spot in the raid or the guild, or no longer get to go on runs. From how you acted, yeah, I can see your sole motivation for acting polite in a guild as stemming from selfishness over raid spots and loot.
But here you are on your brand new unguilded Death Knight alt, and you feel free to cut loose and be yourself, nobody knows who you are, nobody is watching, you can let your dark nasty true inner assclown all out and shit on someone else, with no consequences at all.
Well, that’s who you really are. The other stuff you do is a lie, the mask you wear to get what you want in a social game.
Lieden is who you really are. And who you really are sucks ass.
You’re not misunderstood. You’re just another asshole.
And broadcasting that fact to the world has restored the smile to my face. Petty, childish, vindictive… ah, screw it.