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5-07-2011 @ 4:29PM
Sadly entirely true. As a DPS (I haven't tanked much since a brief spell during Wrath) it's readily apparent that the real boss isn't the one marked with a skull; it's the other four people ... or nine people, or twenty-four. One of the reasons I burned out on raiding in ICC was the feeling that it wasn't the difficulty of the bosses holding my guild back, but the ineptitude of my fellow raiders. It's a really sucky feeling to feel that one's progress and success is dependent upon a bunch of strangers - one of whom is a twelve-year-old, a second who's stoned (and keeps telling you all about it), a third who doesn't respond to anything, and a fourth who spends the entire run repeating 4chan memes in allcaps.It's a testament to the low barrier to entry that dungeons can succeed even with the wunderkind, the stoner, the vegetable and the moron doing their best - intentionally or not - to sabotage it. The Zuls, with their higher skill requirements, are walls against which the dregs of the dungeon finder will wash ineffectually forever ... which is no great consolation for the good players bobbing about in the bilgewater!Since I'm no longer guilded Alliance side, and my Hordeside guild doesn't do current content, I've resigned myself to waiting a month or two before I attempt the Zuls again. There's just no way for the dungeon finder to separate the wheat from the chaff.
5-07-2011 @ 4:40PM
To get back on the topic of the CtA feature rather than the failures of pugs - I'm pleasantly surprised that the CtA actually seems to have worked to reduce DPS queue times (at least for now). Based upon Blizzard's previous attempt at bribing people to run dungeons (the loot bag and drake in the Oculus) I was expecting it to fall flat. But dungeon queues are at least halved! So that's not so shabby.
5-07-2011 @ 7:01PM
I've known (and know) plenty of folks that smoke weed, I do not. But for whatever reason on WoW, those that do smoke think that everyone does, and everyone wants to hear about it. I had a raid leader that was obviously getting worse and worse in the raid and he and a few other potheads in the group thought it was hilarious as the raid went worse. After a few wipes half the group just made excuses and left.It just goes back to the general "no consequences = no consideration" factor.
5-08-2011 @ 4:49AM
I once wiped in ToC25 because one of the tank healers got so drunk he couldn't see the screen ... and then passed out. Friends don't let friends drink and raid.
5-08-2011 @ 6:04AM
I actually think it's the other way around, they think they're special because they smoke (or drink). Well, they're not. Bragging about those stuff all the time I would expect from a insecure kid. The rest of us can handle it fine and don't let it affect our performance or our fellow players.
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