Curses, Myths, and Oddities
First, I want to ask about the oddity. Really, the title should be oddities, myths, and curses, but it sounded better the other way. About once every twelve hours, my site gets about 60 views from the same individual. They are not referred links, so it’s someone coming to the site and refreshing, I guess, or something like that. It creates the odd, spread out spikes in my stats that makes it impossible at a glance to see what’s been happening. I’m not sure why someone would do this, as I look at individual viewers, not number of views to gauge – well, nothing, really, but as a gauge. More importantly, I’m not sure if this is something I need to be worried about, if this is some sort of preamble to a hacking attempt or the like. Has anyone else experienced this? Any thoughts on it?
Today’s correspondence, though, is actually about some myths in WoW. The myths seem to be perpetrated by more advanced players, but repeated often enough that they become a sort of cultural belief that can inadvertently disempower late comers to the game or tier.
The most common one I’m hearing has shown up both on this site and in my guild chat. It has to do with how “easy” it is to gear up now. It spreads a myth that people who ding 90 should be raid ready, as one person in my guild said, “within a week, if you put in enough time.” To be clear, I don’t think this person meant LFR; we were discussing recruitment for the 5.4 raids, so I assume he meant 90 in 5.4 and ready to raid in 5.4 content a week later “if you put in enough time.”
This is one of the top dps in the guild, a very likable guy who at the same time says things that he doesn’t mean to be arrogant, but are, such “how easy” certain boss mechanics are, or “how easy” it is to make gold. I’m not disputing those claims, only the one about gearing.
When I came back to WoW in 5.3, I already had about half purple gear. With my saved up Valor, I was able to purchase a few pieces off the bat, too, to help supplement my ilevel to get into the more advanced LFRs.
Then it took me 3 weeks to get rid of my last blue.
Now, my gear was brought up as an issue during my recruitment; the recruiters weren’t nasty about it at all, it was just mentioned that it would need to be improved before I could raid, which I expected and was fine with. But I only had 2 blues at that point: wrist and trinket. It took me 3 weeks of LFRs and grinding valor to replace both of them, both of which were purchased from valor vendors, too, not dropped by LFR bosses. So I have a hard time believing that the friendly-but-arrogant player really understands what he’s suggesting.
There’s a pretty well known detriment called “The Curse of Knowledge.” This describes the inability for people who fully understand something, who “grok” it, to use Heinlein’s word (re-popularized by Koster), to remember what it was like when they didn’t. As a result, their ability to communicate how they came to understand it or empathize with people who don’t understand it is impaired. We’ve all had those moments when we were trying to explain something blatantly simple to someone who didn’t get it and felt frustrated and at a loss for words. It’s simple. Why don’t they get it?
Well at one time we were all like that.
This player – who truly is friendly and funny and easy to get a long with – has multiple 90s who are well geared (perhaps even raid geared) but has clearly forgotten what it was like to be struggling with that first toon. When you have all the grand commendations, when you have 150,000+ gold and can just buy your way to ilevel requirements, when you have all the BoA gear and can pass it around to help get into those first LFRs, then, yeah, I guess gearing would be a lot easier.
But when you’re stranded on a server, alone, with no heirloom gear, no money, no real friends just yet, struggling to get rid of those last two blues and you hear people talking about how easy gearing is and that dedicated players can have it done in a week, it undoubtedly makes you question your own ability. After you question it, sure, you might just dismiss the other person as suffering from the curse of knowledge.
Or you may turn it upon yourself and feel like giving up.
So, elite(r) raiders, please remember what it was like before you toss out a statement like that. It could do more harm than you realize.
On a separate note, my Thursday raid was good after a slow start. We usually finish Wednesday on Tortos, frequently 1 or 2 shotting her (I assume, since she has babies). Starting on her was a nightmare, though. It took us a good long while to get through it, honestly due to some tough healing situations and RNG. Megaera, who has traditionally been the problem, we 2-shotted with ease. Ji-kun fell, too – my first time, so I was quite excited about it.
I noticed that in almost every case I was one of the last people dead in a wipe. At the same time, I feel like my dps has been more lackluster than when I first started with the guild, like my performance has actually worsened rather than improved. I’m wondering – and I fully realize this may be just a justification for poor performance – if maybe my dps is lower because I’m making absolutely sure that I don’t get hit by effects I can avoid, whereas others are stealing dps at the healers’ cost. In fact, the Quills phase on Ji’Kun was trouble, so I eventually stopped fully dpsing and alternated a heal with a dps cast throughout those phases just to help the healers out.
I’m not sure if that’s the right play. We got the bird down, so it is, sort of, no matter what. But perhaps better dps and expecting more of the healers (the two we had were very limited in their aoe healing options) would be a better outcome. I don’t know. I saw a problem and solved it. I’m not sure if that’s good practice, though, for a team game.
Stubborn (and self-assured)