Alrighty, here comes a ranty post. Though, I’m unsure if it will come across as condescending or uplifting, but I guess that it will be in the eye of the beholder.
I used the title of this post because it reminded me of the old Christian saying “When you saw only one set of footprints in the sand, that was when I was carrying you,” an obvious reference to Jesus helping us along the way in life, carrying us when we thought we couldn’t go any further, though it somewhat works here as well.
Anyway, it all started with a tweet from Orithea:
It’s funny how easy it is to drag along a subpar dps, but a horrible healer or tank sinks the ship.
This got me thinking right away how true that statement is. It has often been the case that when I both heal or tank (yes I’m being a bit conceited here), I find that if others do not carry their weight, it can be noticeable, but only in certain positions. For all intents and purposes, when it’s noticeable, it is either the tank or the healer who aren’t carrying their weight. However, if a DPS decides to slack off a bit, you might not notice.
There is a difference though, usually the Healer or Tank won’t complain. Yup, I just went there. I will not deny that there have been healers or tanks who will blame the other for the shortcomings of the run; however, more often then not, it is not the case. Instead it is likely to be one of the dps, and in my case a majority of the caster dps, that will begin complaining if there is a near-wipe, or slow run, especially when they are the ones not pulling their weight.
You see, if a failtank is in a group, then it is very likely that there will be mobs running here and there, going after healers and dps. This is obviously the primary purpose of a tank (according to BBB) and I totally agree. The tank is there to be the meat shield between the flailing undead monstrosity and your smooth lotioned hands. It is their job to keep mobs on him/her, and bring control and order to chaos.
On the other hand, if a failhealer is in a group, you will likely not survive long enough to cast/shoot/stab that flabby abomination that is a mob. Not to say that wipes can’t be saved even with the healer tanking the floor, it is much more noticeable.
Lastly, if you have a failDPS in the group, and as long as they are casting/shooting/stabbing said mob, and making it’s lifebar drop, no matter how little damage they are doing, it is much less noticeable to the rest of the group. I will say that the other DPS may notice, and it is likely that eventually it will be noticed, but initially, a failDPS can be carried with little to no detriment to the rest of the group.
I digress… There are situations where the DPS have been put in the spotlight, and if they do not perform, then it is very likely that the boss will not go down. These are most often known as DPS races, and can occur in both raids and gimmicky fights in 5 mans; however, they are few and far between. Even then though, if a tank or healer go down, it is 98% of the time a wipe.
To go back to the initial quote that the title came from, there are also those who are willing to carry those who either cannot perform as well as the rest, or are altruistic enough to carry those who just do not care. I would like to say that I am that kind of healer/tank. I understand that everybody has to begin somewhere. We all were n00bs once, and no matter what others say, we didn’t know the mechanics of the game until later on down the line. I am the kind of person who takes that person and helps them along, giving them tips (if they accept them) on how to help themselves. It’s like the old adage, you can give a man a fish and he can feed himself for a day, but you can teach him to fish and he can feed himself for life (or something like that).
Today’s world (of Warcraft), where individuals feel as if they are entitled to get what they want when they want it, no matter how little work they do. They have gotten used to the overgeared tank and healer nearly 2 manning instances, and getting the spoils nonetheless. They feel that they can chant “gogogogogogo!!11!one!!” so that they can get their emblems faster, even when the healer is still trying to regain mana.
However, don’t get me wrong. I am not beating up on DPS, as it can be the very same case with Tanks and Healers, but it has simply been my personal experience, while pugging, for it to be the DPS who will slack and whine.
What are your experiences with this kind of behavior? Are you one of them? Would you willingly carry another player?