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I’ve been on something of a warpath lately and I’m not sure why. At least, I can’t nail down every reason neatly.
And by “warpath” I mean “gone completely batshit in various peoples directions”. It’s the little things that set me off right now. Take, for example, tomorrow night’s sign ups. Why do I have officers not signed up? Why do I have someone in a position of import signed up on an alt despite my no-alt policy? Do you enjoy underminding my authority and making it look like I selectively enforce my rules? God you’re a silly git who hasn’t evn thought of it that way, I bet. AMBER SMASH RAWR RAWR.
Ahem. These are all problems that should be addressed face to face. And they will be dragged out at the next officer meeting, I assure you. But in the meantime I’m this tightly wound ball of Angry. This is not a good time for me to be Angry at WoW, not when I’m weighing other real life passions and going “you know if I gave up WoW I could have more pony timez!!!!!”
I don’t understand things like “well I don’t need anything on this character” as a reason to not attend raids. Reasons like that just DON’T EXIST for me. Back in Vanilla WoW, AQ40 held nothing for my paladin. Nothing. Not a single item, not when we started the instance and not when we cleared through C’thun trash. But I attended every single god damned raid becuase you know what? Other people wanted stuff from there and I enjoyed raiding with my guild. That is the sort of mindset I have: I raid for fun, and to play with friends. That is the standard I hold everyone else to, as well.
The more the gold gilt rubs off some players and I see what lies beneath, the unhappier I get. I’ve gone from having a 25 man guild making some solid headway, to a 10 man guild who can’t get their second, supposedly primary, ICC10 together. Because people would rather play their alts, no matter how badly we need their mains. Becuase well if we’re not doing 25s they don’t care (nevermind that canceling the 10 makes it almost impossible to retain the recruits needed for 25s). Because they don’t want join a partially ocmpleted run and miss out on frost badges on an alt. Becuase they’re not all exactly like me in thier motivations and I apparently can’t wrap my head around that thought right now.
I think I need to step back, go hug a pony, and try to find my sanity again. I’d take a break from raiding as well, but then what if raids get canceled becuase I’m not there and then I’m as bad as they are and OMG!!!!1!!eleventy!!!1
…excuse me I’ll be over here trying to stuff chocolate into my mouth so that I at least can’t say anything else overly stupid.
Last night was Beat Our Heads on Rotface night. It not was an ideal night, as one of our tanks had gotten hacked, another tank was gone for his father’s birthday, etc etc.
I’ve heard some good reasons to AFK in my time, included “afk earthquake” and “brb, fire”. I can now add to the list one of our own, that in the very least is….random.
We’re sitting there almost ready to pull Rotface again when Josh answered his phone, then abruptly gets up from the chair and walks away. I halt the raid and flail in confusion while I figure out what’s going on. The problem?
Josh’s parents are driving home from picking his brother up at the airport, and they’re going to stop by and say hi!!!!!!
Yeah, that kind of stalled the raid.
So, what are some funny/unexpected reasons YOU have seen for AFKs?
A lot of my infamous rage on this blog is, if not feigned, at least greatly exaggerated. Rants are funny, I like being funny, so what could be better than funny rants?
Underneath the faux rage is, however, a very real build up of genuine anger. I’m frustrated with some attitudes, and some people. And some day, I’m not going to bite my tongue anymore.
It’s already starting to show. Part of the problem is, of course, in my own attitudes. I often tell myself, in relation to horseback riding, that the horse only misbehaves as much as I let him. If I don’t get respect it’s because I’ve given people little to no reason to. If people don’t do what they’re supposed to, it’s because there’s no repercussions if they don’t.
I’m standing on the edge of changing all that. Brotherhood of Oblivion is my guild. Not Steve’s, not Josh’s, not anyone else’s. I do want as many people happy as possible, yes. It is not, in any way shape or form, all about me. But right now, it is not in my best interest or theirs that GMing BoO makes me miserable. And you know what? It’s making me miserable.
Not any more.
I have my pointy stick, and my sand, and I shall be drawing some lines. If you cross them I will POKE YOU IN THE MOTHER FUCKING EYE.
I want to continue having fun in raids, killing bosses while having ribald conversations about buttsechs-but I want to do it without being talked over in vent during loot. Tell jokes about how I get lost in Gruul’s and ToC, but don’t arms tank when I explicitly tell you not to. Be my lovably dorky crew without…you know…being douchebags.
1. Just because I have good gear does not mean you can be stupid.
Yes, my priest is solidly decked out. No, this doesn’t mean you can do whatever the hell you want. I can keep a tank up through most things a 5 man can dish out, but if the DPS is standing in bad? Uh, no. I’m a high crit, low haste disc priest healer set up for raid tank healing. I am not set up to deal with all 5 of you trying to die at once. Cut it the fuck out.
2. If you insist on running too far ahead of me, running out of range/line of sight, don’t get upset when you die. It’s your own damn fault.
3. My mana bar is not your fucking buffet table. I don’t want to have to run in after a wipe, buff, go OOM, drink, then have to heal you lazy gits and drink again. Half the time we don’t have a mage so I’m using purchased water, so you can purchase some fucking food. My own guildies were doing this to me last night and I wanted to slap them. The only person who can get away with that level of lazy is Cranky Tank. Unless you, too, are fucking your healer, don’t do it! And then you’d better be good, because lazyness plus lousy sex is just fucking terrible.
4. Don’t pull aggro on mobs, then feign/soul shatter/cock ice block next to your healer. I don’t want it, either, you dipshit!
5. Don’t stupidly pull aggro on the waves of trash on the Two Dudes fight in HoR.
‘Cause then you almost die, and I panic and heal you, so they aggro on ME and then I die and we wipe AGAIN and just what the fuck hold on a god damn second will you? Kthx.
BONUS 6. When it says “stop DPS” then you should STOP DPS…because usually, continuing DPS means you’re killing one of your team mates. Seriously WTF? No. Here’s the secret: I CAN heal through stupid some of the time, I just choose not to. Okay? Okay. Don’t make me lose my penance button.
Dear Children Masquerading As Raiders And Even Officers In My Guild,
Can you grow the fuck up? Look, I realize that So and So has an opinion you don’t agree with. I realize that he has all the tact of a 16 year old in the middle of an emo fit with his parents sometimes. But that doesn’t mean that you have carte blanche to turn around and act 5, instead. You can damn well put your epeens away and cut out the snide remarks. It doesn’t help, and it doesn’t make you look better, nevermind right. And when two of you are officers and in the middle of a raid, you really have no fucking excuse.
God damn, people.
Maybe said person needs to be removed from the guild, maybe he just causes too much strife because we’re not a good fit for him but, damn. Again, not permission to act like children yourselves. You can take your dodge/parry/stam stacking bloodshed somewhere else, and not during raid time.
-Angry Healer with the GM Hat
Technically, all 3 of my 80s can/are DPS. We’ll ignore Ambrosine’s ret spec, though, because I can still muster nothing but fail in that area.
That leaves me with Jamethera the BM hunter, and Lyrandre and sometimes shadow priest.
Now in Ulduar, my hunter flailed around a bit because there are fights in there that are Not Very Nice towards pets, especially not one’s first time in. If I’d had a bit more experience in there I’m sure I could have learned how to control Suicidal Mutt for each fight and thus been more effective, but…well, it is still not an instance kindly disposed towards BM hunters. I did, however, shadow deeps in there more than once and while I didn’t top the meters I did over 3k and held my own. My priest doesn’t know what top of the meters means, anyway. The best DPS I’ve seen as shadow was 4.9 on Ony (LOL MIND SEAR).
Now take ToC. I was able to bring my hunter into…well, one. But during that one, I was solid DPS and my pet didn’t die at all what the hell. Now when I say “solid DPS” I mean “I was #2 on damage done in a group with admittedly inferior composition”. So, you know, I was some of the least sucky of a group of suck. BUT, that was without any of the buffs that actually make me Not Suck. Anyway. I WASN’T REALLY THAT TERRIBLE. Last night though, due to…odd sign ups, we shifted shit around and I was shadow all night*.
I considered myself lucky if I broke 3k. I was doing the DPS my hunter can do in a favorable FIVE MAN in a TWENTY FIVE MAN RAID. What the FUCK. ToC? Lots of target switching, lots of wanting to burst things down quickly. Shadow priests? No burst. None. I can’t even switch targets and instantly have full DPS, no, I MIGHT hit my full DPS potential by the time the thing is half or three-quarters dead. MIGHT.
I sat there and said to myself, “Self, your lesser geared hunter would have done better in here. What the HELL.”
It wasn’t just one or two fights that there unfriendly to my DPS. It was ALL OF THEM. ALL of them were either “switch targets repeatedly!” fights or “lol get interrupted by crap!” fights. THE ENTIRE GOD DAMNED ISNTANCE GIVES MY SHADOW PRIEST THE MIDDLE FINGER.
Now I’m not the best shadow priest ever, and I’m sure there are shadow priests out there who will read this and go “Well YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.” But there are others who dual spec shadow in the guild, others who are better than me…and suddenly no one wants to go shadow anymore.
Fuck you too, ToC! Fuck you too!
*So we had a holy priest go tankadin, and a warrior tank go holy paladin, and a tankadin go holy, a disc priest go shadow (because 4 tank healers is overkill). If that sounds confusing, it was. There was logic (mostly related to gear) in there somewhere though, I swear.
FOR FUCKING RAIDS
YOU FUCKING SCRUBS
“Oh but the epics in ToC are better!”
Fuck you! We’re up to Yoggy for fuck’s sake! WHY CAN’T WE COMPLETE THE GODS BE DAMNED INSTANCE? “O noes Yoggy is hard”?
What the hell are you, a lazy child? Is the concept for working for epics, or raiding for something other that stupid purple pixels JUST FOR YOU a foreign concept?
IS THAT QQ COMING OUT OF YOUR MOUTH? THAT BETTER NOT BE!
This post brought to you by sick, angry priests who wanted to chew on Ulduar more last night, not do Ony/VoA because, like, only healers and tanks signed up. No one wants to do the “hard” part of Ulduar, apparently.
ETA: blah blah, Amber can’t hunter, the point is made
So, I have a hunter. Her name is Jamethera, and for a large part of BC she was my main. I luffs her.
She was BM then, but not just because BM was the Flavor of the Month. No, I’ve had a BM hunter since before the first hunter talent reset-my second character ever, in fact, behind my paladin Ambrosine. Now that first hunter was actually a russet Tauren lady who sits at level 26 to this day, but my nelfy version is old in her own right. She was my only other max level character in vanilla, actually, because those were the days when each toon took me over a year to level. I r scrub.
Anyway. I raided with her in BC, sponging knowledge from Olgas, a most marvelous hunter if ever I knew one. This was before I knew of EJ and blogs and other such things, because I was the most non-hardcore hardcore raider ever.
“What is the hit cap, Olgas?”
“What should I gem for, Olgas?”
“Is this peice of gear good, Olgas?”
…in hindsight, I’m terribly sorry, Olgas! Anyway, I did manage to become a good hunter, usually at or very near the top of the meters. I enjoyed raiding with Jamethera, and was happy when I got her to 80 a week ago.
Took her to Naxx…fine, fine. Aside from the Dance Studio, nothing was god awful for my pet, and I felt that I could perform my job fairly well. I missed my cat Schneeflocke, who had been my companion since level 12, but the devilsaur Omnomnom amused me.
Then…Tuesday. I wasn’t worried about the patch, really, until a few comments from other hunters on Twitter had me rushing home to test pet DPS.
And the wolf won. We’re talking-in my specific case-a difference of 20 DPS, but still. A wolf out damaged a devilsaur.
Okay, what? I’m a BM hunter! I can tame all these awesome, unique pets!
…and if I care about doing max DPS in raids, I need to use a wolf? What fucking sense does thatmake? It’s a mere 20 DPS difference for me, but it’s irritating none the less. So here’s “slap in the face” number one. I’m a BM hunter and my end of tree talent is pointless except for 4 mother fucking talent poitns in my pet tree. What the HELL?
Fuckity fuck fuck. Since I convinced my poor guild to let me take my hunter into Ulduar, I went out and tamed one of those ugly tiny-waisted level 80 wolves and trudged on in.
Do you know how many times my pet died on Razorscale? 5 times.
Do you know how many times my pet died on Ignis? 3 times before I said FOR FUCK’S SAKE and kept him near me. You know, not DPSing.
Now I’m familiar with the concept of yanking my pet out of shit that hurts, but there comes a point where the shit that hurts is every god damned where all the god damned time and you spend more time moving your pet around than DPSing, and what the fuck is up with that? Razor was especially annoying because I was on turret duty and not always aware of where my mutt was stupidly standing.
A pet is a major component of the hunter class-all three specs, not just BM. So let me get this straight, it’s okay to render part of an entire classes mechanic bloody USELESS for large chunks of the instance?
I’m struggling to remember BC, here. You had to be quick on the pet controls for Aran, or they’d die, and there were some other fights (o hai, High King) where you had to be pretty aware of where the hell your pet was. Attack this target, then this one, NOT that one, and here, pull them out of whirlwind. But it was all doableand my pet was never out of the action for lengthy periods of time. Even in Naxx, there’s only the one fight where he’s loluseless.
Now Blizzard seems to have grown madly in love with Bad Things On The Floor. Razor? Fire. Ignis? Fire. Trash going to IC/Kologarn? Pokeballs. That’s already a significant chunk of the instance where I’m fighting to hit 2k DPS when I know damn well I can over 3k because I can’t fucking use this integral part of my class. IC on easy mode wasn’t bad-he died due to my own inattentiveness once, but management on that fight is fine. CCL and Hodir were fine, but uh…Mim? Yeah I can see that going WONDERFULLY.
I left the instance having done subpar DPS and feeling generally terrible about a class and spec I used to love. I tried to coax out tanks into at least keeping mobs out of fucking pokeballs, but I was basically told “Why? The DPS can move to the sides and moving stuff more than you have to can cause problems.” I have to wonder if that sort of attitude isn’t why we wiped so often on IC before-you now, not getting the bosses ass entirely out of the rune? Yeah, that. I could just be being bitter, though.
I don’t really want to play my hunter anymore, and that makes me sadder than anything. It’s one thing to choose a class that isn’t optimal but at least is FUN and supposedly not that terrible DPS wise, and then find out that due to fires on the fucking floor it’s god awful DPS AND not even fun anymore.