Adventures in Stubbornland
As I’ve mentioned, I’m leveling another set of toons on a new server. One set is alongside my wife, the other alone. My wife and I played through the Pandaren starting zone, which was new and shiny, and then decided to use dungeons with a few splashes of bgs for the rest of our leveling time.
However, the priest just wasn’t doing it for me, and I was already getting a little bored with it. It wasn’t the healing that was the problem, but just the general class mechanics. So I decided as a secret to level up another druid to my wife’s level and then switch to that toon.
I tried to get the name Stubborn, but it was taken. Stubborns, however, was not, so I made the toon and then put in a ticket requesting them to release the other name if it was no longer in use. I’d checked the armory and saw there was no data on the level 56 warlock Stubborn on my server, and I knew they’d do that from past experience, so I was hopeful. I went ahead and leveled, though, figuring I could just have the name assigned to me when they released it (which is what they’d done the previous time after a server transfer).
I got a response in the form of an email later saying they had released the name but couldn’t let me just have it; I needed to log in and make a character with that name, as the name change was a paid service. Of course! It was “included” in the server transfer, so they’d done it there no problem. Ah well, a hour or two wasted; not a big deal in the long run.
So now I have my proudly-named Stubborn alive and well on the new server. I leveled a little more slowly in Mulgore than on the Wandering Isle, but the new leveling path is VASTLY superior to the old one. Bear form at 10 and cat form at 20 was a nightmare; bear form sucked the entire time until you got cat form. If you had a single mispull, you were dead. I very nearly abandoned my first druid (who was not Stubborn – shhh!) until my buddy told me what a totally different game it was after 20. He was right.
That’s been changed a lot; of course the whole leveling system is vastly easier, but cat form at 6 is a major improvement.
I went into leveling dungeons as soon as I could, but quickly learned that bear tanks have no AoE until level 22! That really needs to be addressed, I think, though admittedly I don’t know what other tanks have. My wife, though, the monk, has an AoE as her basic opener.
The early dungeons were a fiasco; I could reasonably expect to do okay on a pull of three; I could mangle (6 sec cd) one, taunt (3 secs of threat on me) one, and maybe hopefully have enough rage to then maul (3 sec cd, 30 rage) one. However, if anything went wrong, chaos would ensue and I’d have no taunt.
Surprisingly, there were little complaints. I let people know at the start of dungeons by saying “Please be aware that druid tanks have no AoE until 22, so if you over pull, you may be on your own.” I never got any kind of flak… until level 21.
There, in Shadowfang Keep, I had my first what I would have previously called “typical” LFD experience. A rogue responded, “So you’re saying you’re a lazy tank, then?”
“No, I’m just saying I don’t have an AoE, so please be careful.”
“Maybe you should just be less of a pussy and do your job.”
Well, that was just about enough of that. I asked if anyone was that guy’s friend, preparing to vote to kick, and checked. Sure enough, he had a buddy with him and was thus immune from any sort of punishment. I simply dropped group and was “rewarded” for my illuminated non-engagement with a 30 minute no-dungeon debuff. Thanks, Blizz, for coming up with a fair and just system of dealing with pricks.
Luckily, it was only one bad experience from probably 8 or so dungeons, so it wasn’t a huge deal, really. It’s just that as I’ve been playing League of Legends more and reading the forums on the tribunal information (there’s a great “best of” tribunal forum where people talk about hilarious complaints or absurd behavior), it gets me more irritated that Blizzard seemingly doesn’t care whatsoever about actually dealing with jerks. LoL has gone so far as to heavily ban a very highly visible player for repeated anti-semitism, yet I see worse in trade chat on various servers every day in WoW.
In conclusion, I’m really much happier with my druid than I was with my priest at the same level, am doing the name Stubborn proud again by leveling him on a new server, and have had over-all positive experiences in LFD. Let’s hope it’s more of that and less of the other stuff.
Stubborn (and in two places at once!)