Ah, glorious Vault of Archavon (or VoA), how you amuse me!
Okay, maybe VoA doesn’t amuse me so, but sometimes the people in it do.
For those who avoid PvP (and live underneath an Azerothian rock), VoA is the raid you get as a reward for winning the world battleground known as Wintergrasp. So, if you have happened to participate in the WG battle that happens approximately every 2.5 hours, you will notice the VoA callouts immediately after a victory (both in WG and Dalaran).
[1. General] [PlayerName] LFG VoA 10/25!!!1! (And anything of the ilk.)
You are also likely aware of fact that VoA bosses drop some high end PvP gear and tier gear. Toravon drops potential hands or legs in Tier 10, Koralon drops hands/legs in Tier 9, and so on for Emalon and Archavon. The iLevel loot also matches up with the raid size, so 25-man VoA drops 25-man equivalent gear. Which also means that if you run both 10 and 25, you get potentially two swings at the bat for some phat lewtz and some extra Emblems of Frost.
Depending on the time and day, I enjoy duking it out in Wintergrasp and following it up with hopping into a VoA. Now, the biggest downside of every VoA run is that you’re in a PuG. As such, they can often be a little unpredictable. This latest venture into VoA was just that, because the completely unexpected did occur to me.
So, after a successful attempt at WG, a couple of guildies, Chawa, and I managed to get ourselves into a 25-man version of VoA. My druid was saved, so I had to participate on my mage. Now, this may be selfish of me, but I know I’m not the only one who does this: I check the raid for potential loot competition. So, knowing that the loot dropped is class specific, I first look for any other mages. In this case, there were three including myself, which is a better ratio than I’m often used to. After doing the ol’ inspection on the other mages, I see that I’m similarly geared to one and the other was slightly less geared. This means that if any mage gloves or pants drop, they will likely also roll. So loot was in the hands of the RNG system. So it goes.
We venture in and go directly to Mr. T (as in Toravon), as groups often do. Clear trash, etc. Poor Chawa got nailed with two Frostbolts at the same time (from the Toravon wing trash) and needed a rez. Fortunately, a lot of groups rebuff just before the boss, anyway. Now, as fights go, everything went fairly smoothly and the boss went down. Might have been a rez or two, but all in all, it wasn’t a failpug like many that have gone in there. Heck, most ranged even manged to target the Bone Spikes Frost Orbs.
Now here’s where things got interesting for me; the Tier-10 mage pants dropped! I immediately said that I was going to lose the roll… mostly because historically, I get my hopes up, and they often get crushed. So now I try to go in with low expectations on such things. I also hang tight and wait for someone else to roll first, usually. (I will, of course, roll if it takes awhile and no one else has already.)
As hoped, the first mage rolls. 50. This could go either way for me.
So, I roll. 61. Sweet, beat out one mage. But the third mage still had a chance.
He rolls. 11. I stare blankly for a second.
Holy crap! I won the roll! But I still tried not to get too excited, in case the raid leader is a douche. (I’ve seen raid leaders not even let people roll and just give stuff away to buddies and/or giving it away to people’s off-spec despite other people’s main spec.) Then I see the notice, “You have received [Sanctified Bloodmage Leggings].“ and I start to smile and Chawa shouts a “Grats!” to me. Alright! Nice to not have to spend a bunch of EoF’s on more gear!
But the story doesn’t end here. (I’m sure you’d care if you were still awake. 😉 )
You see, shortly after winning the roll, one of the mages, henceforth to be known as Sir GreedyPants (or GP), decided to send me a /whisper.
I apologize, as I failed to screenshot it all, but I have a good portion of it.
GP: I’ll buy those from you.
Me: No you won’t.
It didn’t stop there.
That’s right. The dude switched out his gear to try and claim that the pants were more of an upgrade for him than myself. (I had T9.25) But doing my competition stalking at the start certainly helped cover my ass in this situation.
I had to laugh because I caught GP red-handed in a lie about gear. I did armory him and indeed, my initial inspection was correct – he had T10 leggings already. (or leggins/leggisn if you enjoy my typos. 🙂 ) Chawa and I were laughing about it at home because it was just so ridiculous. As there were a couple of guildies that were also in the run, I had to bring it up in /Guild chat as well. A couple of questions asked and I explained the situation and mentioned his gear. Eye rolls were plentiful. Just before we take on Koralon, I get this gem:
So, yeah. He wasn’t too happy with the results. But there’s still some extra topping for this cake.
Firstly, GP offered me 1000g for the leggings. No, he didn’t accidently leave out a zero. He said, “I can give you 100g from this toon and 900g from another.” That’s a pretty piddly offer for ilvl-264 gear, if the AH prices of the BoE ICC-25 gear is any indication.
Secondly, more mage gear dropped from Koralon. This time it was some piece of PvP gear, I don’t recall exactly which one it was. Having won something already, I, of course, didn’t roll on it. But the other two mages did. GreedyPants turned out to be the RNG’s bitch because he lost that roll as well. To which he shouted in /Raid chat, “BUT YOU DON’T EVEN PVP!” Poor Chawa probably couldn’t even hear herself thing over my guffaw. 😛
The smartass in me piped up /Raid, “Maybe you should offer to buy it from him.” Definitely not the nicest way to deal with the situation and it probably didn’t make much sense to anyone else, but it was still funny.
So, kids, let this be a lesson to you. It is quite alright for you to be unhappy when you lose a fair roll, but please, please, PLEASE: Do not overreact like this.
You’ll only make yourself look the fool.