Friday, January 11, 2008

What's DPS?

I love to level my characters. While I enjoy questing and grinding, the most fun that I have is going through an instance, amass loads of experience and get the occasional drop that will be useful for the toon that I’m running at the time. (For Balance though, this is not something that happens regularly.)

The following is a true story.

I’m questing in STV last night and signed up in LFG for Mara, ZF and Scarlet Monastery: Cathedral. Let me tell you that LFG Channel was the quietest it’s been in a long time. Not ONE person was looking for anything. I don’t just mean for the instances I was trying to frequent but in GENERAL, no one was seeking anything, even in the high level instances. So when I get a whisper about whether I want to go to ZF, I answer yes. I have found that usually when I get invited into a group with my druid they ask me if I can either Tank or Heal. So I was polite enough to also tell the inquirer that I really only want to do DPS for the run.

I should have known was going to be trouble when the answer I got was, “What’s DPS?”

I went ahead and told them what DPS was, just in case they weren’t used to seeing the abbreviation and joined the group. After a couple of minutes of no one saying ANYTHING, I left the group and reentered the LFG queue in hopes that someone ELSE would pick me up.

The same group leader sends me an invite ten minutes later. I go ahead and join again, thinking that perhaps things have progressed better. I come into a full group. The group dynamic was as follows:

Mage
Mage
Hunter
Hunter
Druid (Me)

So, no healer AND no tank.

Left that group. Went BACK into LFG. Get an invite to Cathedral. Is it on the low side for me? Yes, but I can still get a couple of nice things, money and a little XP.

I get invited to another group. Group dynamic:

Paladin
Paladin
Mage
Mage
Druid (Me)

Okay, this is looking a little better. It takes, like most pugs, about twenty minutes to get two people to the stone. We all get summoned over and the first thing I start hearing is:

“Who’s going to tank?”

No answer.

“Who’s going to heal?”

No answer.

We go into the instance, there’s no one marking and one of the MAGE’S is pulling. I know this is a low level instance to me at this time. I know that the others that are with me are also, for the most part, in their mid-40s but how are you going to go in and NOT have a set up for who is tanking, healing and what marks you want to sheep and pull?

When we hit the Cathedral itself and we got six mobs at once because of agro, it’s time to move on. I left the instance and decided to just go ahead and grind it alone for the rest of the night.

I think my server is just plain weird.

1 comment:

Ess said...

Heh... oh no, it's not just your server. I run instances with a lot of pick-up groups and it's amazing the number of clueless people I run into. It's as though they've just been run through all the dungeons they've ever completed by their level 70 friends, so they don't know how to play their class, they don't understand the purpose of having a tank, etc. Of course I didn't understand this early on, myself, but by the time I got to Scarlet Monastery, I did.

I just roll with it though. Makes for fun stories later. :)

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