Skip to Content
5-18-2009 @ 1:48PM
PUGs are their own special brand of world.I tried PUGing OS-10 last night. I've got 2 naxx tanks, so while one went with the guild, the other wasn't saved and I figured, this'll be easy and a quick few emblems.First off we had a person quit when the raid lead said we were going to do it with 0 drakes up. To me, that was just fine - a PUG is not where you go to get achievements. Make the encounter as simple as possible so we can just farm emblems and get out.But we zone in and I pull the first drake - left side, and its a near instant wipe - not one of the people entered the portal, and several went down from standing in the blue voids. many of these were people who complained about the above 0-drakes ruling.IE: They'd read about the achievement, wanted it, but had never been in OS. They missed the most basic part of the strat. Me? I think I knew the mini-raid second best of the group, and this was my third time ever in there (the night my guild farms OS is a night I don't play WoW - so its kind of become a place the OTs and newbies can gear up).Second try, almost the same result. This time everyone but one healer. me, and the OT enters the portal. Well, OT dies maybe 30 secs later from standing in a blue void. And of course everyone else dies because they entered the portal and had no tank...That's kind of typical for a PUG.You get lots of people who feel they're GTG, but haven't read the strats, refuse to accept blame for obvious mistakes, and simply feel because they've been good up to now they can farm anything at its highest difficulty for achievements.You also get a lot of people on alt-roles in PUGs. A guild tank on his healer or DPS, a DPS trying out a tank or healer, or a healer trying a tank or DPS. They often have an over-developed sense of their abilities. They're good in their usual role, but haven't really learned their alt - even at level 80, as much as they think they have.Once you get used to running with your usual team, PUGs start to feel more and more rough.If you're solution to not being able to be a guild tank is to become a PUG tank, then well - you're going to be dealing with a lot of bad play, and you probably can rightly blame many of the others. But if that tank is your alt, there are good odds you're not much better than your fellow PUG mates.
First time? A confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting.
Members enter your username and password.
Enter your AOL or AIM screenname and password.
Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.
When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.
To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.