WARNING: INCOMING VILE SPEW OF WHININESS AND QQ….
Ok, maybe not that bad, but it is a bit of a rant, but don’t worry, I’ll lighten it up.
The Chat window. It’s that thing that you start out with in the bottom left of your UI, it’s where you can see what other folks are talking about in the area, or even what kind of stories or villainous rhetoric is being spewed in Trade Chat. It’s where important information appears, whether it be Blizz GM’s replying to a ticket, or achievement spam from your most recent conquer.
It is also where instructions are relayed, and information provided to help your situational awareness. Addons take advantage of it to provide you with quick glimpses at information, or even warnings of incoming danger.
Most importantly though, at least in most cases, it’s where your party or raid is commenting/talking/instructing/YELLING. It’s where your fellow members can inform you that you are standing in the bad, or not standing in the right place at all. It’s where Raid Warnings appear before showing up in the middle of your screen.
I went through all of this to get to this point… It’s there for a purpose, and that purpose is to convey information to you that may be very important to the ongoing encounter.
This week the Weekly Raid quest was [Lord Marrowgar Must Die!]. It’s usually one of the harder quests to get a group for, as there are a lot of guilds on our server already doing ICC, and don’t want to waste a raid lockout on some PUGs. And… well I’m a PUG, since I’m not able to get on regularly, I basically depend on PUGs to form in order to do these weeklies. However, last Thursday I was fortunate to be on for a little while and happen to catch a request in Trade Chat for a healer for a quick romp into ICC, stating that we’d go on if everybody hung out.
I took advantage of the offer and made my way to the big saronite citadel in the sky. The raid filled in pretty quickly, and we all made our way into the instance. Buffs flew out, and another raid member was kind enough to drop a Fish Feast for us all to enjoy.
First note… we weren’t using Vent, in fact there was no mention of it. Which is fine, as I can usually only listen in as I don’t have a mic, and my PC is right across the hall from a sleeping 3 year old… so talking is a bit out of the question.
It was a pretty good composition:
1xPaladin Tank (…….)
2xPaladin Healers (I’m one of them)
1xShaman DPS (Enh)
and I think a Hunter
A nice mix of ranged and melee, so we should to just fine I’d think.
Well we get started… and that’s where the problem starts to show up. The Paladin Tank seems to not be moving outside of autoattacks for a period of time, obviously causing some threat issues for some of our DPS. Fortunately the Warrior was able to quickly pick up any slackers and keep the raid moving. Apparently, the other tank had DCd mid pull, and was unable to get right back in. We were able to find this out because one of the other raid members was in Vent with him. Alrighty, it happens to everyone.
So we make it to the room just before the big bony bad guy. There were apparently a couple of traps in there, and both the Giants wake up and start wailing on random raid members. Again the Warrior was quick to react and picked them up. At least this time I could see the other tank doing more than auto attacking, so I’m assuming that he’s back online and working. However, there’s one problem. He’s standing behind the giants, letting the Warrior soak up pretty much all the damage. This is not good, as they have a “sabre lash” type attack that is best mitigated between a few tanks. We make it though, only losing one person, who is quickly res’d so we can move on.
A quick note goes out to find out if anybody hasn’t done this fight, and a couple say that they haven’t even been in the instance before. That’s fine with me, so I take the initiative and start popping out some instructions, including innuendos and some fun terminology to mix it up. It sounds like everyone understands, so we make our move.
The Warrior charges in, quickly getting Marrowgar turned away from the raid, while the rest of us pile up under is big bony butt. But guess who else was under his but with us…. the paladin tank *sigh*.
So we start burning him down, popping Hero after the first bone spike, but throughout the pally tank keeps standing with the rest of us, and even taunting every once in a while, requiring our entire raid to move to avoid the Saber Lash.
Several requests go out in the chat window, both nice and ALLCAPSOMGSTANDBYOTHERTANK, type. However, he doesn’t move. Continuing to just do his little dance. The Raid Lead throws up a Raid Warning to see if we can catch his attention and get him to stand by the other tank, but to no avail. Needless to say, it was some rough healing, but fortunately with two pally healers we were able to keep the heal bombs flowing in on the tank, and allow the shaman to keep the raid up. (Too bad you can’t decide who the chain heal hits, cause I’d love for it to miss Mr. Scrub Tank). We did take him down though, it was a close shave, but we got our weekly.
We did note after the fight that he really needed to stand by the other tank because of the Sabre Lash, and the only reply we got was “Oh, ok.” So we did know that he could see the chat window.
It was then decided that we might as well go ahead and “try” to go a little further, just to see how it goes. So we clear the ‘ol lady’s room, mostly without the help of Mr. DPS Tank, as he appears to have DCd again.
So we get everybody grouped up, and I provide another set of detailed instructions on the fight, even providing some markers as to where to stand and such. Then we put in a readycheck to be sure that everybody understands. We all get an ok, and decide that it was good enough and start the encounter. It begins ok, until the first group of mobs is down, and one of the Adherents is raised (meaning all melee need to be on him). Well, guess who goes running off to stand there and pound on Lady Deathwhisper? You guessed it, it’s Captain Oblivious.
While the rest of us attempt to keep the mobs at bay, he continues to “tank” the boss’s mana shield. Needless to say we get overwhelmed and wipe. For me that was pretty much enough, and since we pretty much got what we came for, most of the raid decided that we need to just go our separate ways before some feelings are hurt.
Anyway, to make a long story short… or maybe just present a moral to this story. PAY ATTENTION TO THE CHAT WINDOW… *sigh* I know, you can ignore a lot of things now-a-days, but that is not one of them.
Alrighty, that’s all I got for today, sorry it’s just a rant, but I had to get it out there, it was driving me nuts.