I have found stubbornness to be a most useful trait to have during my travels in the many worlds of warcraft.
In some cases it has led me to great achievements against RNG. In others, it has granted me rare companions. Stubbornness can unite a raid together under the banner of “One more time” after consecutively wiping. And stubbornness will lead you on to that second “one more time” after that.
The last time I remember giving in to my stubbornness was while I was in Blade’s Edge Mountains. I was playing on my lovely lady death knight princess and was quite enjoying it! Death Knights are generally accepted as being overpowered and I was having a blast balancing the application of diseases with my self-healing attacks.
Being self-reliant is what leads you to attempt 2 man and even 3 man quests by yourself.
Stubbornness is what will keep you attempting them over and over and over again. And that is what I found myself doing once.
The quest in particular was Showdown , the last step of a great and entertaining quest chain that in my mind, makes Blade’s Edge one of the coolest places to level in! (If you know enough to watch out for the elite flying dragons that seemingly come out of nowhere!)
In Showdown, you must defeat Goc, son of Gruul with Rexxar and a suggested 2 other players, by your side. From reading the comments on wowhead, the quest had been soloed by other classes so I set off to do the same.
I found Goc’s alter and summoned Rexxar. Goc appeared very angry to be disturbed! Insults and challenges were thrown at each other until finally, the battle began and I charged in there, giving everything I had!
I died shortly after that. Surprisingly, Goc hit hard and my self-healing attacks were not enough to bring my health back up.
Turns out that Goc is an ugly Level 70 Elite. I guess I had skimmed over that part…
No matter! I headed back to collect my body and discovered amazingly that our hero Rexxar was still alive and was still fighting Goc with everything he had!! I instantly rezed, jumped back into the fight with the little health I had, only to die due to falling damage from being launched into the air from Goc’s ground smashes.
I figured I must have done something wrong. I headed back and this time attempted it again.
The outcome was the same… I died and ran back, rejoined the fight and died again.
The next attempt was the same however at some point I switch to Frost Presence, which sadly did not lead to instant success.
On another attempt, I remembered that I could Raise a Ghoul to get a sidekick. Unfortunately, I did that before I had started the event and by the time Rex and Goc had finished insulting each other, my ghoul was only around for about 15sec of the fight.
I tried it again and this time waited until the end of the smack talk before summoning my ghoul. It didn’t make much difference.
I reread the comments on wowhead. The secret to soloing him was to let Rexxar tank it…
Right…. Aggroing a Level 70 Elite with your Lv 68 Death Knight is bad. Death Knights are overpowered but not THAT overpowered.
Solution – hold back on the DPS and don’t steal agro.
Again I ghostformed it back, rezzed and healed up to 100% health.
I went back again and tried to hold back on my DPS. And then I tried again. And again, each time dying in the middle of an attempt, only to run back and die again. I’m telling you – it was the first time I’ve ever cringed at a critical hit!
I had come close enough to defeating Goc that I knew it was possible. So I kept at it. I kept at it until all of my armour needed to be completely repaired. And then I went back again.
I have no idea how long I was at this, how many attempts it took or how many times I died. All of that was unimportant! Stubbornness had taken over and there was no way I was going to give in. Nor would I ask anyone for help.
And honestly…, it was ridiculously fun. Ridiculously fun because I knew I could do this and the challenge was not to just kill the mob and complete a quest. It wasn’t about pouring out as much DPS as you could! It was to use every bit of newb skill I had until I got it right! It was about finding the perfect balance of attacks. And thankfully, I did succeed (otherwise I probably would still be there!)
It was so much fun that part of me wishes I could go back and do it again.
I’m not so sure how Rexxar would feel about that.