Wednesday, 3 February 2010

More pug stuff

It happened again.

We wiped in Pit of Saron, horribly, a few times, then I was standing in Dalaran, with that message telling me I had left the group. Sigh, another vote kick.

So I hit the LFD button again, got straight in again, and imagine my horror, when I found I had ended up in the same dungeon as before. I had a look at the other players, with this horrible premonition that perhaps I had been given not only the same dungeon, but the very same people who just kicked me.

Fortunately this was not the case. However, I did tell my new group that this was my second visit to PoS, my first visit literally minutes before when I got vote kicked for being a noob tank.

I was expecting cries of ‘leave then’ or similar from the gogogo crowd which regularly frequent these establishments, but I actually got a good-natured ok from the top dps in the group.

Much of the instance had already been done, and we were at the entrance to the cave before the last boss – the one with the big elemental.

We wiped, and I was expecting to get kicked again, following a comment from one of the party, but the response from the others was that I had told them, up front, what the score was.

I was then given a blow by blow account of what I needed to do in my role as tank, and guess what? We cleared the whole cave without wiping! The same person then went through what I needed to do with the boss, and things were going fine until he went down, then one of the other dps went down, so it was left to me, the healer and another dps to try and take him down. We ultimately failed, but I had a much better experience in this visit than the previous one.

If there is a moral to this story, be upfront before you start; sometimes you’ll be telling a bunch of asshats who will kick you, but more often than not you’ll actually get a decent bunch of people who really want to help.


  1. Sometimes that's all it takes, a little friendly tip of what to do and what not, to turn a wipefest into a full clear. Glad to hear you had a better run the second time around :-)

  2. My Tankadin bombed in Utgarde Keep (normal at 70, not Heroic) when I first tried to Tank in Wrath. I'd Tanked all the way through BC so I knew what I was doing but Utgarde Keep just killed me. I would go on to successfully Tank multiple Heroics (including UK) but that first failure in 70 UK was a bitter memory.

    Later I leveled up a Frost-spec'd DK and again Tanked my way through BC. Got to 70 but this time bought the Cobalt Armor set and gemmed/enchanted to hit the Def Cap. Satisfied that I would exonerate myself I queued up to Tank UK once more. (I'd actually had people in my BC PUGs compliment me, saying they were glad to see a DK who knew what he was doing.)

    So I queue up to Tank UK and I'm in a group almost immediately. We buff up, I grab the first pack, and if you remember UK you know there's two packs, side-by-side, who can be pulled separately. We didn't. I don't think I pulled them but they came anyway. I held Aggro & survived for long enough to think "Yeah, we've got this." Then I died.

    We wiped a second time on the foursome just before the first Boss. Regrouped, rebuffed, and wiped a third time. The Healer dropped group, as did two of the DPS, but the third DPS decided to stick with me for the requeue.

    We got a new Healer and two DPS, one of who expressed amazement that he wasn't the Tank (he'd signed up with his buddy as Tank/DPS whereas I'd specifically chosen Tank).

    Back to the pack we went before the first Boss where...we wiped yet again.

    We regroup (yet again), rebuffed, and without saying a word to me the Warrior Tank-DPS switched to Sword & Board, ran in, grabbed Aggro, and before the Pack was down had pulled & begun tanking the Boss.

    Relegated to DPSing as Frost (no dual spec) I still ended up at #2 on the DPS meter. But I'd once again failed to Tank UK, this time as a far more experienced, properly geared Tank.

    I didn't get Vote Kicked, just virtually kicked in the pants.

    I was a Sad Panda.