Public Service Announcement: Drowning Victims
Perhaps it’s just a legend (though I doubt it), but I’ve heard that trying to save a drowning victim is particularly perilous because they’re liable to drag you down with them. In their effort to secure a full breath of air, they’ll try to climb on top of you, pushing you under the water. It’s not maliciousness or evil, just the primal panic that accompanies near-death situations. I’ve been told, then, that if you’re being accosted by someone who’s drowning, you should simply render them unconscious before trying to save them, for both your own goods.
Unfortunately, when my wife asked me to fill in last night for a raid, something I’ve made quite clear I don’t want to do, my options were more limited. I like to make my wife happy. I like to give her the things she wants. Still, I knew that raiding was going to make me absolutely miserable, and I wasn’t particularly happy that she’d asked me to go and didn’t want to reward that behavior. Still, it’s only a few hours, I figured, so why not? We’re only doing Spine and Madness, but both are fights I’ve never done before, but everyone else in the raid had. Keep that in mind as you read.
Here’s some snippets from the raid:
Holy priest is asked to put up the Shadow Resistance buff. I point out it’s unnecessary since we have a paladin aura, but am ignored. She puts it up. Before the pull, someone notices we don’t have the priest fort buff. When asked, the priest, a level 85 who’s healed on this toon before in DS, says, “Oh, I didn’t know you could put both up at once.”
I am told by the “main” tank paladin (who has more hp than me but has no threat gen (more on that later) and far less avoidance) quite definitively that paladins only have one taunt. I have been complaining about the bloods on spine collecting around me while I tank the amalgamation. He first says I shouldn’t be using AOE, and when I point out that there’s one aoe that’s part of my rotation but only every 12 or so seconds, he scoffs, thinking I’m still in the wrong. He then says he can only taunt one every 6 or so seconds. No, I say, you can use your AOE taunt. ”An AOE taunt? What are you talking about? That’s ridiculous.” I then go link the ability and he comes back with some lame argument about that not being a taunt because it targets another player. ”Whatever,” I say, “just get the bloods off of me.” He never does use the AOE taunt.
Halfway through channeling the reattach armor, the tendon is only being targeted by 4 people. I point this out, since there should be at least 6 people targeting it (2 tanks, 4 dps – one dps apparently is targeting some fiery grip thing, and one’s stunned, but the stunned person can still target this so they can start attacking instantly upon being freed), but the raid leader makes excuses, finally ending with “Targeting something we always have problems with.” I don’t know how to respond. Other than stray bloods, what else is there to be targeting?!
We got about 5 wipes from inappropriate rolls, only one of which (the first) was my fault, because when DBM said to “Get secure!” I ran to the hole and caused the roll. No one had pointed out not to. The other 4 were from people who’d done this fight before but are just imbeciles.
On Madness, the “main” tank and I are dealing with impales, and I keep getting hit with two impales from each tentacle (which says something about our dps). ”Why do you keep taunting back?” he asks, so I start only autoattacking after I take the first impale. I still pull threat back and am killed by the second impale. Somehow in his mind this is my fault.
On the next pull, I don’t attack the tentacle at all so that he’ll get first threat and definitely take the first impale, so I can guarantee I only get the second. Instead, the rogue is one-shotted by the tentacle because the other tank didn’t pick it up at all.
When we finally get to the final phase, both elementium horrors attack me (even though I single-target taunted only one), and the other tank fails to get the second one off me in the time it takes for them to kill me through all of my individual cooldowns, so I figure probably 30 seconds. All he had to do was taunt, but he never got either off of me. I am again blamed for “picking up” both of them.
All of this happens in about 90 minutes. We never downed madness; we got to 4% but for some reason, even though we were well ahead of the berserk timer, the raid leader tells the raid to ignore adds and burn the boss. The adds kill us. On the final attempt, I’m killed again by getting a second impale and having the big missile thing blow up at the same time. I’m told I should have bubbled. Well, they’re right; I should have. I guess it’s my fault.
Like drowning victims, bad guilds who can’t fill their rosters drag down the people around them. Be careful when in proximity to a drowning guild, and attempt to sever all lines of communication with them if necessary. When this is not possible, may god have mercy on your soul.
This public service announcement was brought to you by Stubborn.
Stubborn (and drowned)