The other night, I saw someone ask in General Chat for a Disc Priest to whisper them. The person had some questions. And being a know-it-all, I thought I’d supply the answers. Like most of us, the priest was trying to reassemble his talent points that Blizzard has so graciously reset with Patch 3.1.1. He wanted to know what he should do with the points for the Holy tree, and I rattled off how I’d allocated things. He wanted to put points in Renew, and as I tried to explain why I felt the spell was underwhelming, he said, “Well it keeps my group members alive just fine.” Oh, group members. Heroics. Yeah. Okay. Ooo. Ouch. Disc. Buddy, reroll druid or something kkthx. Turns out, he’d hit 80 over the weekend and was just entering heroics, and with about 15K mana (and the nerfed Rapture) and only about +1400 spellpower, was running OOM constantly.
So there I was, giving him advice as though he’d be raiding 25-man Ulduar (“You won’t have mana issues…”), and he was just wondering how the hell he could live through Heroic Gundrak.
It was a good reminder that sometimes, actually most of the time, the way in which I play and the standards to which I hold myself aren’t really echoed by other people; and while I shake my head in disbelief that someone would opt for X spec or Y spell choice or Z gear, I should probably just keep my mouth shut. (Well, except for my blog… this is my platform here, bitches.)
There was a thread posted on our guild forums last week by one of our raiders, telling people to STFU with the emo bitching in vent, to GTFO of the fire, to L2spec and buttonmash correctly, to bring their A-game (plus consumables) to every raid. OK, he said it a bit more eloquently than I just did. And amusingly enough, some of the worst offenders for dragging-Kologarn’s-laser-eyebeams-through-all-the-DPS and wait-what?-flame-waves?-where? and if-I-just-spam-Binding-Heal-maybe-I-can-survive-this-fissure responded with vigorous head-nodding.
Kaleyen posted in the thread with his thoughts, saying among other things the following,
And yes I realize this is a game and it’s supposed to be fun — my fun out of this game is playing my class to its fullest potential and being better than most at it.
No surprise, I feel the same way. But most people don’t, even in a raiding guild and certainly not in General chat.