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9-22-2011 @ 5:31PM
A tough, tough situation. This is the "fine line" of the game where enjoyment in doing something you WANT to do becomes skewed by what you're REQUIRED to do.Since this game's inception people have been forced out of the roles/classes/specs they had their hearts set on. Players, good players, have spent months/years stuck in one role so they could see content. It is the way of things.The person in this article has two options; no more, no less. 1) They either become viable via tanking or healing or 2) They continue struggling and hope for the best. Either way, especially with a "declining" game, their complaints will fall on deaf ears (or blind eyes, as it were) due in large part to what the author of the article highlighted.Is there a chance they'll get lucky and happen in to an awesome situation? Of course there is. Roll the dice.
9-22-2011 @ 5:59PM
Those are hardly his only options. I garuntee you that there's guilds looking for a mage on Blackrock. There's pugs going every day on that server. It's the second most populous server in the game, and even on Alliance side, there's more players there than the total population of most medium servers. There's always the option to lead your own group. While it may of been a daunting proposition last week, with the nerfs, it's now about as easy as Naxx 10. Not knowing the encounters is not an excuse, there's dozens of sites that show video guides on how to handle every aspect of every encounter from normal shannox to heroic rag. Not to mention that the new dungeon journal tells you exactly what every boss does. Leadership has never required less effort.There's also the question of what he defines as a sucessful guild. If he's in a sub 370 ilevel set and is apping to 6/7H guilds, of course he's going to be shot down. He needs to set his sights on a managable level.Further complicating things is the fact that we don't know what his toon actually looks like. If he's got unenchanted items, poor reforging, or an obviously bad spec, even non heroic guilds are likely to reject him.In fact a cursory look at the server reveals 14 guilds actively raiding heroic firelands, including the number one guild on each faction, that are all actively recruiting mages specifically, and over 30 guilds at various stages of normal progression that need mages. If there's that much demand for a mage, and he's still getting rejected, then he needs to look at his character and see what he can do to improve it, because there's no way that a 4/7 normal guild is rejecting him solely because he doesn't have at least 6/7 normal down on his mage.
9-22-2011 @ 7:44PM
The third option is to find a guild that likes you for you winning smile.I've always been a tank / healer. Of 9 85s now, only one has DPS gear / spec. Some of the others have the spec, but with motley random ungemmed gear.So I've always had my pick, and I run my horde guild so I've been the one with final say for any guildie (even if I rarely used it).And I've always kept the DPS with the 'winning smile' over the Recount / gear scores.That is -NOT- an ideal strategy for a guild leader progression wise. But it let me have pleasant guild chat most of the time.And yeah - my Horde Guild will likely never make it to Firelands. But chat is fine when we have it.Casual guilds like mine are easy to find. What you can get out of them as DPS is that if you're willing to stick it out and be chipper, you're likely to be first to get invited on anything to do manage to do, even though you're "Just another mage."
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