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Apr 28th 2011 7:47PM Definitely know how you feel. This achievement has been standing in my way for 3 years now and I honestly just can't force myself into the BG's again this year to try again. I'm terrible at PvP and don't mind admitting it either. Inflicting my terribleness on a group and being abused in BG chat and killed repeatedly? No, not my idea of fun. I can do without that proto.
Apr 14th 2011 11:49PM I tried solo'ing H UP on my mount collector and it didn't go well, not at all. I did ok up to a point, then the adds overwhelmed my pet, then me. Just couldn't deal with 'em fast enough.
Otherwise, I have the White chicken, Baron's mount, Anzu on 2 alts (neither of these on on my mount collector though -_-,) and the Bronze Drake. The grind on those is not bad at all, rep gating not withstanding.
I just made running those my priority for first thing as I logged on and got them out of the way. Go for it. :)
Apr 14th 2011 11:41PM I farmed the Vial of the Sands recipe on my alchemist, and farmed up the mats/gold for to make 2 of them, one for my alchemist, one for my mount collector. I expect no 'respect' for having done any of the above as it's not warranted. Not a single solitary soul except my family has a clue that I farmed the recipe, nor worked on my own for the creation of the drake and no one cares either because it takes no skill, simply random, dumb luck and the insanity to persevere through Archaeology for many weeks. :p
I'm not sure where the condescension in your post comes from or what it's even directed at, to be honest...
Apr 11th 2011 9:14PM @Sky
For some of us who don't run Heroics often, and that get negative experiences quite often when we do, it's easy to see why the bemoaning is so common at times. I had more positive experiences in Wrath than I have in Cat. I have to literally be guilted into queueing now by guildies. Otherwise, I won't do it anymore.
When you get tossed into H Deadmines and know nothing about the dungeon at all, announce that at the start, then proceed to be belittled and insulted the whole run for being a 'nub' player, the fun really does drain away quickly. It's moved into abuse. Jerkish no longer cuts it for a description. I wasn't standing in bad, wasn't saying a word to anyone, I was CC'ing when told to do so, but sadly, the tank decided to break that CC constantly with death and decay then scream at ME for letting the sheep drop. So I spend the entire trash fight struggling to keep the mob sheeped as -ordered-, then only to get screamed at for being 'bad' at dps and that I'm being carried by the other dps, who I might add, was only doing 1k dps more than me despite everything (I wasn't even the lowest dps. The rogue who was also new to the instance and had remained otherwise silent the whole run was lowest.)
Ask for advice and tips on bosses? Ignored. I was left to figuring things out on my own via DBM queues. I can deal. Even got several cheevos on some bosses and didn't die which would, to me, indicate that I certainly wasn't as horrible as I was being branded.
This continued the -entire run- with the tank and the rude shaman dps even stopping to discuss whether to vote kick me or not at one point. I only stayed because the healer asked me privately to stick it out and ignore them.
I have never in the history of this game felt so stressed and upset. I have not set foot back into the RDF system since and I likely will not in the future. If a rare guild run opens up, I'm very much there. My guildies are awesome. We laugh at mistakes, enjoy the runs, joke around and finish in record time.
The RDF just is not worth it for me. If that's what I have to deal with to get geared for raiding, then I won't be raiding and I'm ok with that.