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Forum post of the day: Murphy's Law


Sometimes it's just not your day. Some people consider themselves to be just plain unlucky. Gainus of Icecrown posted a thread on "Murphy's Law," as it applies to World of Warcraft. Murphy's law states "Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time, in the worst possible way." This particular adage is regularly applied in situations of irony and coincidence, in much of Western Culture.

The original poster noted "Every time I get to that point in 2v2 arena where a psychic scream will let me get off 2-3 mana burns, my fear makes my target run in a perfect L, away from me and behind a pillar before I can even get off 1 cast. It's like that's the exact path they would have taken if they weren't feared."

Such is life in the world of randomness and procs. Some of these others might sound familiar:

Delrof of Argent Dawn, "Every time I fight a DPS intensive boss fight, Windfury never goes off."

  • Gazlow of Kalecgos, "Watching Beast Lord shoulders drop 3 times in a row in Steam Vaults on my druid. Then running it 8+ times on my hunter never to see them drop."
  • Abloodymess of Blood Furnace, Ii will somehow get crushed 3 times in a row by Prince Malchezzar even though he has only a 3% chance to crush me"
  • Gamera of Uther, "Dropping Grounding Totem the instant Death Coil hits, so you run around like an idiot watching it sit there useless."

Nethaera even weighed in on the subject with "Anytime I need to roll for something I want, I lose. If it's something I don't need and isn't worth all that much, I'll win the roll every time." Sometimes I find it hard to find a group. Whatever my spec for Shaman or Paladin, groups are inevitably looking for something else.

Have you found that Murphy's Law applies to your WoW experience?

Filed under: Virtual selves, Humor, Forums

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