Antici… … … …pation
I’m pretty eagerly awaiting 5.4. While I do like new content, that’s not really why. I’ve only done half of the bosses in the current tier of “real” raiding, anyway, so it’s not like I’m tired of seeing the same thing. I didn’t get to raid last night again, either, which was disappointing. Again, there were too few tanks, and the A team got to go. We were told another tank would be logging on at “halftime,” which I assumed meant around 9:30 server time, meaning no matter what, half the raid was lost.
Besides, I knew as soon as I heard that it wasn’t going to happen. I’ve been in too many situations like that to believe it; every time there’ll be a raid “later,” something else comes up and it doesn’t happen. Sure enough, the guy didn’t show up until after they officially called it, and I didn’t get to raid at all.
That means I’ve gone one time – the lousy 25 man that only got 3 bosses down while at the same time we were having the guild meeting – in six raid days. I find it unlikely anything’ll happen for me tonight, either, and I never go on Mondays, so it’s likely going to be 1 in 8. That’s a miserable record. I signed up to raid, not sit, and while I knew I might have to sit sometimes, and gladly and willingly sat those Mondays when I’d gotten to raid the previous Wednesdays and Thursdays, this is certainly not what I was led to expect.
On top of that, when I apped, I asked what classes and roles they needed. I had my level 90 elemental shaman, and the web posting said that position was “open,” so when I offered one of anything and the person I spoke said ele shammy was fine, I was happy and didn’t dig any more. But it turns out one of the officers and one of the long-time raiders (maybe even a raid leader) are ele shammy, and both better geared, so when only one raid goes, it’s not like I’m going to be chosen over either of them (and rightly so, from a gear and dps perspective). I wish I’d been told then that they needed a pally tank, or a druid of some kind, or anything, because I’d have brought those toons over. I might not have gotten to raid as much as I did, but then, at least, I would have expected not getting in until 5.4 or so.
I spoke to an officer about this, the generally agreed-upon “nice guy” officer, and he was generally agreed-upon nice about it. I mostly just confirmed that in a similar situation in 5.4, we’d have done a flex raid instead of benching – eventually – 11 people. He didn’t want to completely commit to that, but I think I got enough to feel reassured that it’s a temporary problem, not a long-term one. I can live with a temporary problem if there’s an obvious fix in the future. I also understand they really want to finish the tier and get “ahead of the curve” before time runs out, and since they got their first downs of both Iron Qon and the Twin Consorts in one night, I suspect they won’t have a problem achieving that.
So I truly am happy for them, but it’s still a bummer that yet again I had to sit and do nothing really meaningful for two hours. The last hour of the would-be raid, after they’d called it, I leveled my paladin some more. If we’re short by 1 tank so often, then I might as well have a solution instead of just complaining. Paladi – now Stubbourn (they wouldn’t release my real name) is mid-way through 88 and doing all right. Some dungeons are very smooth, others I feel like wet tissue paper. I’m not sure if it’s me or the healers (or, likely, both); sometimes I see healers dpsing when I’m dropping, and I pop my cds and heal myself a bit to survive, but that irritates the hell out of me. I don’t care if you’re bored; do your job first.
I seem to be getting only 2 dungeons over and over, which may be by design but also means I’m getting sick of them: Shadow-Pan Monastery and Mogushan Vaults. The last boss in SPM is a pain because the dps just refuse to switch to the orbs about half the time, which means a lot of wipes. I’m getting to be bad and elitist, and if they don’t switch on the first attempt and we wipe, I just drop. I can get another group instantly. I do let them know to focus fire them – some dps seem genuinely surprised that’s how you do the fight – but others just ignore me, and when I catch them out since I can see their targets, I get a host of excuses. One DK, who I called out during the second round of shadow orb adds, said “I’m dpsing both.” Well, that’s amazing. He’s standing next to me, hitting the boss, while the orbs are over there, nowhere near us. Throwing a few dots – which he must of done instantly since I never saw his target change – isn’t the same thing as focus firing them down.
Ah well, that’s leveling dungeons and LFD in general. I can tolerate it another level and a half; I just hope there’s a bit more variety because I’m getting to the point of cheering for Garrosh because I hate Taran Zhu so much. Perhaps his “rising hate” mechanic works both in and out of game. Where’s my meditation rug?
Stubborn (and lighting a candle, but cursing the darkness all the same)
Edit/P.S. I did get to go last night. Hooray!