Saturday, January 29, 2011

Need versus Greed in Pugs

I had an interesting encounter in a random dungeon yesterday. It involved winning a couple of need roles on gear with my Death Knight versus the tank. I'm level 64 and was in the que as DPS. The tank for our group was a Paladin who was also level 64 and for the most was a good tank. He knew what he was doing, moved pretty fast and we didn't wipe even though he was pulling a bit to many mobs for my liking.

Just because he is the tank, does that give him the right to be a whiny asshat about loosing his need roles. His was the nicest, albeit passive aggressive asshat that I have seen in a while, but it was still uncalled for. Here is what happened:

We were running The Underbog in Zangarmarsh in Outlands. We came up to the second boss, the green hydra thing on the platform. It was probably the toughest boss fight we had so far because the tank and myself both kept getting knocked back from the tail swipe. Anyway, we got him down on the first try and he dropped a rare 2-handed mace with 3 sockets called Hatebringer. Now bear in mind that I was currently fighting with an uncommon 2-handed mace that was not as good as this drop and the tank was fighting with a sword and shield as tanks should. I need on it since it was an improvement and rolled a 26, the tank needed and rolled a 01.

The tank then proceeded to tell the group that this was the third time he had lost a need roll on that mace. He whines about this for a little bit and finally I say "ouch, and you rolled a 01". He didn't say anything after that. I'm not sure what a tank pally would need a 2-handed mace for but maybe he was dual-specked as retribution. Anyway, the very next boss fight the boss drops plate legs. I look at my character pane and see that the legs are also an improvement. I roll need . . . and so does the pally tank. I win again. The tanks says "@#$& you Gluug". Did I do something wrong?

I understand that it sucks to loose several need roles in a row but I don't whine about it (at least not in party chat). It has happened to all of us at some point, we run random after random and come up empty handed. We have also all probably had those days where every drop helps us and we are rolling great on every need roll. It's part of the game and you have to roll with the fucking punches. It's just gear and at level 64 I'm probably going to get better gear from quests at level 66. Gear DOES NOT MATTER when leveling.

Need roles are reserved for an upgrade. If it helps me I'm going to roll need on it. If it's not something that I can equip immediately, I'll role greed (or disenchant) on it. Its that simple. If you are a whiny asshat, I’m going to write about you on my blog.

Aside from really pissing off pally tanks I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of my DK. I rolled him on a different server than Chuckem and have been slowly building him up. I won't get into why I rolled him on Earthen Ring instead of Demon Soul in this post, but I'm sure I'll come back to this topic someday. For my professions I'm going mining/jewelcrafting and I wanted to be able to mine the nodes in Outlands when I started leveling there. So I took the time to level my mining and jewelcrafting to 300 before starting in Hellfire. Anyway, I'm finished with Hellfire now and moving on to Zangarmarsh. I tried to skip directly to Blades Edge Mountains but I guess you have to be level 65 to get the quests there. I was pretty impressed that Hellfire alone took me all the way to 64. I want to see different content this time through Outlands and I never went into either of the northern zones on Chuckem my first time from 60-70. However it will be a LONG time before I'm ready to quest in Hellfire again.


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