Name where I got that (slightly changed) quote from that I used as a title, and get a Big Bear shout out… because if you recognise where it came from after I tweaked it a little, you’re definitely my kind of movie fan.
Yes, that’s a hint. The original line is from a movie. Here’s a second hint; it’s one of my favorite films of all time.
Now, on to the show!
A few nights ago I finally achieved my mini-goal of hitting 375 Enchanting on my Shaman, and so I no longer had any excuse not to play her.
I queued up once again as a Healer Shaman, and away I went into LFD.
All I wanted was a quick romp in the Heroic sack with some random PUG I picked up in a bar, but, as Ford Fairlane might have said, “I got the bonus plan.”
I got Drak’theron Keep, and in looking at the group composition (as I always do for Totem adjustment) I saw that three of the others in the group were all from the same guild. A Paladin, a Shaman, and a Shadow Priest.
Now, the first thing I did was laugh, and I mean really laugh at the name of this guild.
Get this; Prophet of Cthulhu.
Why did that get me chuckling? For the answer to that, may I refer you to this ancient post of mine, from May of 2008, wherin I plug John Ringo books, throw down the hate on Transformers, laugh about things that lots of people probably take very seriously, get insanely cranky… and way down at the bottom relate a true story concerning myself, some very serious true believers, and the great old ones of Lovecraftian lore.
Okay, so I’m laughing with the guild name of these three, and off we go.
First thing I do, as I said, is see that one of the three, Lardzilla, is a Enhancement Shaman, and I’m examining what Totems he’s dropping in the first coupe fights so I can set mine not to overlap. I also check to see what the Paladin did for buffs, all the things a Shaman has to do to make sure you drop the right Totems. And of course, I get my Tremor Totem set for later, when the fear, she be a flowing.
This causes me to lag a little behind, but I do my best to keep the heals flowing.
Then we get to some lizards, and I’ve got max skinning and seem to be the only skinner, so again, I’m lagging behind a little trying to get some skinning in.
All in all, I’m doing my best, but I’m certainly not feeling like I’m giving off the impression to the others of being bright-eyed, bushy tailed, and poised to let the heals flow.
We blow through the instance, everything is pretty nice, a few times the Paladin scoops up groups that are a bit larger than I’d certainly like, but some frantic healing and Nature’s Swiftness keep everything just fine.
We hit the end boss, finish him off, and I win the epic Mail healing bracers. Score!
I also ding the 25 Emblem achievement.
I thank the group for the run, and make the comment in passing that it does get hard gearing up a new alt all over again.
The Paladin, of all people, comments that he knows the feeling from his Druid.
I mention that at least I’ve got an idea about healing and some good toolslike Vuh’do thanks to my other healer, a Tree Druid, and the Paladin says he hates Vuh’do on his Tree Druid, he prefers Lifebloomer instead, an addon I’m not even sure I’ve heard of before.
Next thing I know, the Paladin says, “Hey, when did you ding?”
I tell him I just turned 80 on Saturday, and it’s been a lot of fun.
Next thing I see, he’s queued the four of us up for heroic Forge of Souls, and says, “Here, let’s get you some gear.”
Well… okay, this is an unprecedented level of niceness from three folks that I haven’t seen before. My healing sure as heck didn’t warrant this behavior.
What does that leave?
It couldn’t possibly be… nice people?
The Paladin queues us up, and it won’t let him. Why? Because despite my efforts, I still don’t have the gear necessary to let me in.
So the Paladin laughs and queues us up for regular Forge of Souls, and away we go!
We did Forge of Souls, and Pit of Saron, back to back, and they were willing and ready to go do Halls of Reflection, if I hadn’t had to go get Alex ready for bed.
And a nicer bunch of people I haven’t seen in a PUG in a long, long time.
Knowing the fights, the enemy tactics, and the boss encounters from both a Paladin tank and Healer point of view helped immensely in making sure I was proactive in my healing rather than reacting in a panic.
And being familiar with Vuh’do and having studied my spells also helped a ton.
But mostly, I had a very well geared tank and a very powerful group of DPS that killed things before they had a chance to hurt anyone too much.
Earlier I mentioned an exploit. Mostly, I brought it up just to be able to use that movie quote in the title.
We did use an exploit I had never heard of before, in Pit of Saron, but it didn’t actually make my ass drag. OR make my butt slump.
What happened was, as soon as Ick and Krick were dead, the Paladin said, “Everyone mount up, we’re going to do the exploit.”
I had no idea what he meant, but I know what a mount is. I’m kinda crafty that way. I can haz hoofs!
Loot was taken, but even before the dialogue was over and Krick was dead, we were mounted up… and heading up the ramp.
We reached the top of the ramp just as the two shadowcasters appeared to head down, and they ignored us as we kept on going to the other side and stopped on that first landing halfway towards the tunnel, where it takes a dogleg 90° to the right. The two groups on the ramp spawned after those two reached their positions… and ignored us, safe at the top landing.
We only had the two groups of icicle guys and their minions to deal with before the tunnel.
I don’t mind the ramp, but I’ll admit, I wasn’t crying a river of alligator tears about avoiding that particular fight when I don’t know everyone I was with, and my healing power is a might on the low side just yet.
Anyway, we blasted through the whole thing, I was very careful of my healing during Overlord Brands, and I got the nice Mail healing chest piece, and of course emblems and stuff.
More than that, we chatted a bit during the run, and I really was amazed at how you can sometimes just bump into the nicest people.
Things like this really serve to highlight one lack which I wish Blizzard could remedy.
We already have an ignore list that works cross-server, and if you put somebody from another server on it, it prevents you from being queued with that person in a random again in the future.
That’s all well and good.
What I wish is that there was a cross-server friends list, where if you find yourself grouped with some really nice folks, you could exchange friends lists.
You put them on your list, they put you on theirs, and if the random generator sees two people who BOTH are on each other’s friends list, it matches them up together by preference, if possible.
Just a thought. It’s nice that we can prevent future occurances of playing with the same asshats, but I’d love it if we could increase the chance that we would play with great folks we’ve had fun with again.
So, to Khaotix, Karalov, and Lardzilla of Prophet of Cthulhu, thank you very much for being really nice people, and great players, and for being kind to a complete stranger in a pug.
Bravo. You all rock.