Post title is, of course, semi-inspired by Ratshag. The other source of inspiration is a sorry excuse used by a tank.
Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upsdie down. And I’d like to take a minute – just sit right there; I’ll tell you how I became the Prince of a town called Bel Air… err… I mean, Azjol-Nerub.
Umm… yeah, what was I saying… Imma gonna get some coffee before I finish the rest of it…
*one hour later – and with tea, not coffee*
So, as you may or may not know, I’ve been messing around with the Resto spec of my druid as of late. And although the wait times are longer than queuing as a tank (3 minutes as opposed to 3 seconds), I’ve been enjoying it much more. And as a result, I’ve managed to get two pieces of Tier 9, some things from ToC-10 and the ICC 5-mans, and some other EoT gear. I still need some better gear (ie: trinkets) – I still can’t quite keep up in HHoR – but I usually do alright. This, of course, does not mean that there aren’t a few hiccups that can occur.
There is one particular run from this past weekend that stands out.
Ran it several times as of late, but this time was the first time I had been with a feral druid for a tank. But hey – it’s always nice to see how people do different things given the same available options. So, we get to the second trash pull (the group of three before the pre-boss waves of mobs). I know they can be tricky as they don’t group up or pull that well sometimes, but barring some bad luck with webs, a few swipes usually get it handled. Not this time, it seems. I got aggro and couldn’t heal myself quickly enough. Mobs go down with some off-heals from the Shaman. I get rez’ed, and we carry on.
The group wants to do the Hadronox exploit, as we had a rogue to pull and vanish for the reset. I go along because I don’t care all that much. So we get down to where Hadronox is supposed to respawn, and the tank drops down below the web, leaving me to get squished. I get squished. Release and end up at the start of the instance. People zone out and back in, and we carry on. Do the exploit nonsense and carry on. I kind of shake my head, but whatever.
So, this is where it gets dumb. If you’ve been to AN, you know of the two mobs that are half-way down the stairs as you’re on your way to Anub’arak. They do some damage if you aren’t careful, but usually just a speed bump to Anub. So, we’re on our way and I throw a Rejuvenation on the tank as he’s rushing in to those guys. I always pop a Rejuv on the tank as they’re pulling. I figure it allows for some damage before I cast some other things (call me crazy, but I don’t like casting Regrowth while the target is at full health.) Maybe I shouldn’t be doing this, though, because this time the heals manage to get aggro from one of the two mobs. I immediately pop Barkskin and throw a Rejuv on myself while I run towards the tank, hoping he’ll take the aggro. No dice. A little more running around and I’m toast. Shaman off-heals until the mobs are dead and rez’es me again.
So the tank decides to pipe up, “Dude. I need rage before I can do anything.”
Now, I can understand saying that to some DPS that drop down an AoE before the tank even gets to the mobs. And hell, I get it, rage is required for swipe. But it’s not the only tool in the arsenal.
I think that caught him off guard, as all I got back was, “lol, no… but I wasn’t expecting you to get aggro.”
I didn’t bother to say anything else, regardless of how appropriate a brief lesson on bear “spells” and when to use them might have been. I just wanted my damn Emblems and out of the place. I expected the tank to get hit by “Pound”, but fortunately, Anub went down without issue. (I also stood on a few ground spikes for some fun.)
Again, I get it when DPS doesn’t target what you target, or someone gets crazy with AoE. But with only two mobs to handle and you lose one to the healer, is it too much to expect the tank to pick it up? Should I not be throwing a HoT on a tank before going into a multiple mob fight? (Possibly not, considering most people being over-geared for this stuff these days.) I dunno… it just seemed to be a stupid situation.
Anyway, there were also a couple of other things to note from Heroics this weekend, but didn’t inspire a rant:
– Violet Hold: A few from the group were bashing a guy for his 1400 dps. A warrior entirely in PvP gear. Sure, the guy needs some help on how to dps as a warrior. But belittling the guy isn’t going to inspire a positive response. And with two others pulling over 3k, it didn’t really matter. The confusing bit – immediately after we were done, the “guide” tried to queue us all (including the “fail” warrior) for another random. No thanks…I don’t want to play with douchebags.
– Culling of Stratholme: Pretty smooth run for the most part. The tank liked to lag a little behind to grab loot, but nothing too crazy. We finish the gauntlet and we have about 5 minutes left on the “bonus boss” timer, and surprisingly enough, we had a group member that still needed the drake. So we opt to do it. But the tank was lagging behind still a little bit. The mage decided to pull the boss anyway. The tank arrives and gets aggro, but not before the mage bites it. I suppose I could have battle rez’ed, but to hell with that. Lrn2wait4tank.
But I’ll finish off with a good one…
– Utgarde Keep: It opens up with the tank saying “Hi!” As I can be a smart-ass, I reply, “OMG! Someone talks! I didn’t think that was allowed in Heroics any more!” But some chatter ensues and the tone of everything is good. A brief break for the tank to change the diaper on their baby. No problem. We get into the drake pen. Too much chatter results in too many mobs. We wipe, have a laugh, and get ourselves sorted in there. We continue on through the instance with everything going well and having a good time. It was a simple run and a lot of fun. It was a shame that I couldn’t add them as cross-server friends. Some wanted to continue through more heroics, but I needed a food break at the time. And being absent-minded, I didn’t write down their names and servers to toss out a big ol’ thank you here.
I hope that if you were out there running some randoms that you had a least one notably good one, too! 🙂