Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The LFD Tool Still Needs Work (Or The Most Fun PuG EVER)

Yesterday my boyfriend and I decided to run a couple of random dungeons with our lowbies. We've been levelling using the LFD tool for a couple of days and because we have the Recruit-A-Friend bonus and he tanks, meaning we get instant dungeons, we've been dinging like mad. 25 levels in two days, it's insane. Brilliant fun, but insane.

Yesterday, though, the rhythmn stopped for about an hour while we attempted one particular dungeon.

It was the ogre bit of Dire Maul, Gordok Commons, and we materialised next to another hunter, a priest, and a mage. We grabbed our quests and my bf and I said hi (to no response, of course, but that's par for the course so didn't bother us), and without further ado the hunter pulled.

Oh yay, I thought to myself, we've got a huntard. Used to this sort of thing, my bf grabbed the mob off the hunter's pet and tanked away. The mob went down, and we all moved down the ramp to the next pull which was a group of three. The hunter pulled again, and of course, completely lost control of all the mobs. One ogre started eating the mage so I set my pet to Growl and grabbed it off him, while my bf ran after the other two mobs.

Instead of feigning death, however, the hunter continued to try and tank with his pet. And the priest healed them both, to the exclusion of my bf - the tank - who died. And was then told by the hunter that he was a crappy tank. At this point the mage left (I don't blame him). In retrospect, perhaps we should have done the same, but we were a bit annoyed.

I responded, blaming the hunter who had pulled, who then came back with something along the lines of 'well the tank should be able to hold agro and me and the priest duo dungeons all the time.' This, of course, started an argument. Finally we agreed to continue as normal, and moved on to the boss.

Again, the hunter pulled. My bf grabbed it off him again. And the priest completely refused to heal him. My bf healed himself like mad but ended up dying anyway. The boss went down after being bounced around between all of us because the pet couldn't keep agro. When we called the priest on not healing the tank, he had the gall to say that he was healing the tank because the tank is defined as the one who has agro and the hunter's pet had agro. So he had been healing the hunter and his pet.

We had had enough. Thoroughly pissed off by these idiots, we decided that if they wanted to duo the instance, fine. They could duo the instance. And we would be happy with the free xp they gave us. We calmly sat down within range of xp but out of range of any agro dumps, and waited.

This seemed to perplex the two idiots - let's call them Dumb and Dumber for the sake of convenience (if not originality). Dumb and Dumber wanted to know what was going on, so we explained that if they'd like to duo the instance they could go right ahead and we would be happy with our free xp. Predictably, they didn't like this idea, and started trying to provoke us. Apparently we were noobs and didn't understand that they were doing it right. We happily sat there, silent for the most part (although we did make fun of their English at some point - apparently I needed to work on my "grammer").

Eventually Dumb and Dumber decided to try to duo the next mobs - a pair of ogres. We sat back and watched as predictably the pet couldn't tank both of them. After the pet was eaten, the ogres killed the priest and then went after the hunter, who feigned and they reset. At this point Dumb and Dumber must have finally realised that they couldn't duo the place after all, and started trying to requeue us.

We were way beyond being diplomatic at this point - and we knew that as soon as they brought in another member it would be a 50/50 chance of us getting kicked rather than them - so we continually declined. Yes, after all the griefing they had done, we finally gave in and griefed back. We sat there calmly, silently, watching as they tried to provoke us by throwing insults at party chat. All of us knew we were at a stalemate, and it would be either them or us before the dungeon could continue.

Before you say anything, yes, I know, we were also in the wrong here. We should not have griefed back. We should have taken the high road, left Dumb and Dumber to their own devices and queued for another group. But there is something deep down inside of me that refuses to let the bad guys win without a fight.

Finally we realised that griefing was getting us nowhere. We were having fun wasting these idiots' time and getting a little revenge for their arse-hattery but we knew it couldn't go on forever. Besides, we had more dungeons to do. So when they tried to requeue us again, we agreed, knowing we'd have a 50/50 chance of getting booted. As soon as the new person came in, we attempted to vote-kick the priest for refusing to heal the tank. This failed. The priest then attempted to vote-kick my bf, which also failed. We explained our reasoning to the new person in party chat, explained what had happened, and tried v-kicking again, but it still failed. The new person told us he just wanted to get on with it, which we agreed with, but the next time Dumb and Dumber tried to kick my bf, it succeeded. I shrugged to myself, wished the new guy luck, and left the party.

What have I learned from my experiences? Well, not much. It was really just another day in Wow. You get your good pugs, and you also get your bad pugs. We had had a good run. We were bound to get some bad apples sooner or later. And really, I enjoyed the experience. Sure, we could have run another dungeon in the time we were getting to know Dumb and Dumber but would it have been as fun? I doubt it!

Nope, no lessons here. Just a bit of fun and a good Wow war story.

<3 Jayd


  1. High road, schmi-road.

    You gave them what they deserved, and I'm happy for that.