Slack – how do I hate thee

May 5, 2008


There is a lot of things I can forgive. Seriously. I usually am very good at ignoring failures of others as long as they do not impact me directly. But if they do, I have to deal with it.

Everybody makes mistakes. I make tons.

However, there are 2 things that piss me off if people do it:

– being inconsiderate of others

– being a slacker and impacting others with that attitude

Hey, if you are on your own, do whatever you want. I do not care. If you are supposed to be part of a team however, don’t slack. You are wasting the time of others.

One example: Karazhan.

These days, Kara is pretty much understood as a badge-farm-lets-get-it-over-with raid instance. You can clear that instance in about 2.5 – 3 hours flat with a good + geared group, with the only boss left being the animal boss/es. 22 easy badges.

If you are in a group that really cares and focuses.

Plus, unless you hit some bad infernals with Prince, or Shade is grumpy, you don’t wipe.

We wiped over a half-dozen times last night. This was one of the most frustrating raids I have attended in a long time. I had to fully repair twice (went with Lock). One death was my fault, I was a noob and pulled aggro at Attumen. There were wipes based on early pulls, undergeared healers running out of mana, tanks dieing in the middle of fight. 1 or 2 may have been just being unlucky.

I understand that sometimes, people have a bad night. There are nights were you shouldn’t raid. Farm, grind, doing AH or just plainly watch TV. I think yesterday was one such night.

I do have that sneaking suspicion that people don’t take Kara seriously anymore. Some may do other things while they raid, like watch TV.

If I would watch TV, I wouldn’t raid. Hell, I can’t even farm while I watch TV. That’s my problem, but I know about it and I deal with it.

I do still take Kara serious. Kara kicks your ass all over the place if you don’t pay attention.

I understand if we had a bad night. But then, for example, one hunter thought he is so uber, he MDd some mobs to a buddy of his while we were on the way from Maiden to Opera. He thought that because 90% of the raid is still in the Maiden’s room, and him and his buddy are by himself, he could pull it off. Well, it so happened that his buddy didn’t click off the MD, someone else got killed, somehow the mobs were kited back to the group and the group had to deal with it. This is crap.

Now, I know that this is something that the group didn’t think was funny either. At the same time, I have a feeling that they just don’t care about Kara anymore.

This is were slack and half-ass-ness (making this a word, this is my blog, so put up with it. 🙂 ) comes into play. We spent about 6 hours there. I was drained after about 2.5, did not even care about the remaining 15 badges anymore. I basically felt like I wasted my Sunday afternoon and evening because other people did not pay attention or just did not care. I did not want to leave the raid though, as there were not really anybody else available and I did not want to kill the raid for the others.

I think that if we would have been fully focused on it we could have gotten this done a lot earlier.

Now, I can waste a Saturday no problem. I hate wasting Sundays, because the workweek starts on the next day, and I want to have the feeling that I enjoyed myself. I did not yesterday. In fact, I was so annoyed that I am considering taking a week off ‘the game’.

Rather than getting frustrated about the game .. and yes, that is where all you ‘ITS JUST A GAME’-nubcakes come in and get their 2 sec fame.. I should just take a breather from it.

BTW, DPS-wise I did good. I was in the top 3 that night I think. I usually reset my damage meter multiple times during a Kara raid, as either certain aspects of the instance are not caster-friendly and do not count (e.g. room after Curator), or because I want to single out boss- damage from trashmobs. At any given point my dps was shown as being between 800 and 1200 DPS, so I am going with 900ish raid-buffed. Not too bad.


Mt. Hyjal! SSC! I am a noob! Fun? Not so much.

April 28, 2008


Went to Mt. Hyjal for the first time ever last Friday night! I was excited! And I wiped the raid! And people look at me now with an ‘OMG’!

I went tanking with my Druid. Ran the Druid too far up the hill before a wave, the Necromancers aggroed too far back, couldn’t CC them, wipe ensued. Why did I run up? There was a sheep and I thought “hey, I should pop that sheep and get him before the next wave comes down” – big mistake. Don’t think. Don’t pretend you have the faintest clue what you are doing. Listen and follow the Raid Leader.

We went there for the first time. 3 wipes and it was called, last wipe was attributed to me. Although, I saw a different problem (aside from me trying to think) – we don’t have enough DPS.

Yes, I said it. Took way too long to get those waves down, and at wave 6-7 we would have too many mobs to kill. Mobs, mind you, that one-shot everything that is not constantly covered by heals like a tank.

Then, we went to SSC to down the Lurker. I was tanking again (tanking to protect melee on the inner circle, and to take adds that head that way), towards the end of the fight I was stuck in the water after a spout, moved away from my spot under water to get back up and ended up on a different spot on top of the platform.

Heared a collective ‘here he goes again *SIGH*” “dude, where are you”, “dude you are in the wrong spot”, “duuuuude”. Then, as I was heading back to my assigned spot, got grabbed by a fountain w/e you called it and got kicked out about 1/2 mile. Literally, 1/2 a mile. I could barely see the platform I was so far away. After Lurker was downed, RL said “rez the noob”. That did hurt, I can tell you.

Well, so it happened. I made a mistake (or maybe 2 within 2 hours) and I paid for it. But there is no reason to get treated like you are an idiot and you don’t know what you are doing.

This is a game. People interact with each other. Too many people are jerks. If you are in a guild, that guild needs to treat you with respect.  Otherwise, it is too much like real life — sometimes I feel like I don’t get respected at the job I am doing either. So, what do you think my gut reaction is if I get treated like that in the game? I get pissed. Damn straight. I was very close to sending out that /gquit “- screw you guys, I am going home”.

I did not. Why? One of the reasons has been that I don’t want to miss out on raids, badges and loot. Now that I wrote that, I started thinking that maybe that is the wrong reason.

I do miss the casual guild that I used to be in, before it changed, fell apart and people scattered all over the place. People were friendly to each other, friendships developed, good times. But they were casual. A Kara run would still be crazy fantasy, even these days. I wouldn’t be able to deal with that either.

So, 30 minute Mags and Gruul runs and 3 hour – full Kara clears sound good? Yeah, it does. Am I selling out my principles for that? I don’t know. I will have to find out.

One guy (the only real guy I know from before, used to be a nice guy, untl he started raiding in this guild and became an officer recently) sent me a tell after the SSC run. “You need to pay more attention. Lol.”

I replied with “I got stuck under the platform etc etc”, to which he responded with “then you should practice jumping.”

OK, I can take a little bit, but that blew me up. I have been feeling like that the GL and RL don’t really care too much for me being in the guild lately anyway, so I said if they have a problem, because if they do, I should maybe consider moving on. To which he responded “you are alway taking this sooo seriously.”

Ever heard this, or “it is just a game”? Yeah, sure, a game. No big deal. What-the-fck-ever.

There are people you deal with, stress situations, drama, a whole slew of things that you encounter that take this game way past the actual game character. Ever met a person that gets you riled up on purpose, punches your buttons and then just says “hey, just kidding, calm down”? Those are the kind of people that I would like to suckerpunch and tell them, hey man, just kidding, calm down yourSELF.


Anyway. Will see how this raiding thing turns out. It is cool to be in TK, SSC and all that, but after all, the raids always burn down to:

Encounter  = ( special abilities ) + ( this is how we deal with it )

Every. Single. One. It is always just about memorizing (click the cube zomg, jump from the platform before quill zomg, don’t aggro while he changes forms zomg, BAD INFERNAL MOVE) and repeating.

I like being part of a raid. I like learning encounters. I like the bragging (I have been to Mt Hyjal). I like the phat lewtz.

I don’t like having it to do with 9 or 24 other people. LOL. I want to be in a raid where people have FUN.

The guild I am in doesn’t have fun. They execute strategies and move on. Sound boring? It is. They may succeed in getting me to get tired of it.