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8-22-2011 @ 9:49AM
Maybe it is just me, but this never bothers me. To be honest, in the new world of the dungeon finder, I barely make it into the instance and we are already fighting. I don't even have time to see who is in the group, let alone their actual names. The only time we get to hang out and get to know each other is if someone drops, and then we have a few minutes to gab while a replacement is found. (Besides, honestly, WoW names are usually pretty darn tough, mine included). Now, it does make more sense to call role (DPS, Heal, Tank) rather than class, because it's not unusual to have 2 or more of the same class in a PUG. Telling the rogue to SAP when there are two rogues doesn't make much sense and leads to confusion.In any event, I would urge you to not feel insulted, I don't think it is in any way meant as an insult, or even a lack of courtesy on the other person's part. They are trying their best to direct the group and keep everyone informed and involved, and they probably do this several times a day which is a lot of work, so forgive them the little niceties of learning proper names and communicating in long, drawn out sentences. If someone says to me "hunter pull square" I know who is being spoken to and what I'm expected to do, which is really all I can ask for. That and please don't ninja my gear. Oh, and killer_tunes, as a frequent user of the group finder, I would only ask that you remember two things. One is that not everyone is there to "go as fast as humanly possible", and maybe you should clarify that before you start. I can't tell you how many times I've stopped to loot the corpses for a sec, and when I look up, the tank is already in the next room fighting. If you die because you have no backup, then I don't feel sorry for you when you left the group behind in the first place.Second, and in the same vein, please watch our tails. Often the tank blows past several insane baddies, aggro-ing them just enough to come out from hiding, which means that all the squishies in back suddenly find themselves getting hammered while tank is nowhere to be seen. As a warlock, I make a lousy tank. Please don't let me die because you are a speed freak. Did you just enter a new room? Look behind you and see if there are 4 people there before you start clearing the place. If not, go back and help whoever is lost/fighting/looting/DC'd before continuing on. It's not only polite, it's good for the whole group and insures the success of the run.
8-22-2011 @ 2:39PM
Yeah I don't know where your getting the opinion that I'm a 100mph Tank. It doesn't get much slower than a warrior tank. I recently told a group that was pushing me to chain pull that I only have one speed and that's forward. lol However, I do not like to dilly dally either. Just like it slow and steady. I prefer LOS pulls as opposed to charge in style chain pulling. I started tanking in my 40s in vanilla so I have plenty of experience under my belt. I absolutely despise skipping content. You know 9 times out of 10 if you skip content that it will come back to haunt you later.
8-22-2011 @ 2:59PM
Killer, you said something like "I am there just to clear the instance for XP... usually dealing with impatient DPS..." which is what gave me the impression that you are "100 mph tank" (nice description, I like that one). I didn't mean to offend, hope I didn't. It seems like every PUG I get into lately, I'm pushed to clear it as fast as possible. Seeing as how I haven't done many of the instances, especially the newer ones, I'd love to at see them as we whiz by. I know most guys there have done it 100 times and are just there to try and get that rare drop they are looking for. I want that too, but I also enjoy the game, the story, and even the fun of figuring out the best way to approach and beat the boss. Most PUG's of course take the "run in, guns a-flying, shoot anything that moves and hope we don't die" approach. Which works about as well it sounds like it might. :(
8-22-2011 @ 5:12PM
No offense taken Todd. None at all. I have gator skin.I understand your position and respect it. Regarding healers in my groups, I look for two things. One, are they out of my range? Two, do they have more than 40% mana? If the answers are No and Yes respectively I go. Sight seeing and RP'ing is probably better left to a guild group, RL friends group, or even just by your lonesome. That way everyone is on the same page, and expecting the same outcome.
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