When someone just doesn’t mesh

  My guild used to be a 10 man social raiding guild. Our “core” members broke off from their terribad guild (Soaked in Blood) and they formed their own. I was in a guild with a similar situation but we had lost nearly all of our members because they were complete assholes and left.

I wasn’t raiding much at all until Keeb found me through my GM at the time. Once Keeb found me, he didn’t let me go. I got raid invites every week, sometimes for a few times a week. I was so shy and didn’t dare to talk to them in vent. I could not bring myself to talk to them because they were so awesome and epic – why would they want to talk to a little noobish Dwarf Priest like me anyway? I had Keeb on my friends list for ages at the request of my former GM because he knew I would join them eventually. I would send Keeb mail because I didn’t want to bother him with whispers. 

The more and more I ran with Keeb, Kells, Bob, AJ and Val I came to realize they weren’t going to make fun of me for dying in the fire 3 times in a row. (Damn you, Gorlok!) They would shrug it off, tell me I was doing just fine and we would try again. Over time I came to love these guys for their encouragement and support. I had never thought I would ever see an end-game raid in person because I thought I sucked so badly. They indirectly changed my attitude about me and my abilities.  They created a very nurturing environment for me. I never faced ridicule or any type of hostility from any of them at any time. I am choking back the tears right now as I write this. I had found my perfect home. Things happened and I joined Virtus, the guild they had formed together. 

We did 10 man’s because that’s all we could do. We had other people in the guild but they weren’t available or didn’t like to raid. We lost a few people to real life and had to recruit so we could still raid. This has been an on-going thing for months and now we find ourselves with 2 ICC 10 teams and we just started ICC 25. We are now faced with too many people for too few slots. 

Keeb always tells me not to help out some of the new recruits too much because they may not stay. This used to really get under my skin. Why wouldn’t anyone want to stay here? We are awesome, helpful people. But, I started to see what he meant. People would stay for a few days, not say much of anything and then leave. We weren’t a good fit for that particular person because what I think is a good environment is not what the next person thinks, too. It took me a long to realize that. 

Then we have people who we really like as people that just don’t “mesh” with the guild for whatever reason. Our guild is chatty, positive and can be a shit ton of fun. Our guild chat is normally very lively and I know sometimes I bust out laughing like a mad woman when I read /g chat. Sometimes Krakkle or Kells will say something and I can hardly get a breath because I’m laughing so hard. 

There’s one person in particular that could keep up with everyone in /g but was absolutely clueless about raiding. We really liked this person and gave him many chances to improve in the raiding environment. I took him on several TotC runs and weekly raid quest runs. One day he rage /gquit because he wasn’t getting into our ICC 10 that we had been running since DAY ONE long before anyone else had joined us. He didn’t understand why we were taking friends from other guilds over him, a guildie. The people we took were people that had run with us months and had known the “core” Virtus for longer than I even know. He felt he was entitled to raid just because he was in the guild, regardless of his personal skill level or his ability to adapt. That just is not the case. 

We gave him another chance and he re-joined Virtus even though a lot of us don’t necessarily have much respect people who nerd rage like he did. We did a FTA run and he was constantly out of synch with the rest of the group. We had to stop many times for him to catch up because he constantly brought up the rear. Looking back, this should have been a sign. We shrugged it off as, oh it’s R3 again – that’s just the way he is. We kept on keeping on. He had improved a little but could not, for the life of him, figure out his weekly raid quest. A solid month, at least, he missed out on the yummy 5 Frost badges. He even came in as a replacement on Keeb’s ICC 10 team and they downed Prof Putricide, a feat our guild has yet to accomplish again. 

But, then the attitude and the eccentricities started again. He was dropped from Keeb’s team due to new, better DPS that came over from the smoldering ashes Soaked in Blood. Keeb wouldn’t have done that unless R3 had really noob’d it up. So I said, fine, I’ll take him. We attempted to do another weekly with him and he still couldn’t get the quest or even zone into the instance because he was already saved. I was starting to feel a little leery but I think of myself as a patient person and remained mostly positive towards him. 

Then something happened that I couldn’t predict. Nyen had been previously unwilling to leave Soaked in Blood. I had been begging Keeb to save Nyen from that hell hole but Nyen wouldn’t budge for whatever reason. I got a text from Keeb telling me that Nyen had finally joined us. I was faced with a horrible choice between the two hunters; Nyen and R3. Nyen is clearly the better choice for my team than R3. 

When R3 saw that he didn’t get an invite to either ICC he was pissed off. He went to each officer and asked why. The officers, myself included, had all told Keeb what was going on with him. Keeb took him aside and told him how it was. I know Keeb told him what side his bread is buttered on. But R3 continued to assail us. I told him why he didn’t get a spot and he continued to harass us. I had never been anything but nice and accommodating to him. I wanted to kick him last night but I went to bed before I did anything rash. It came out this morning that he had called Keeb and me assholes to Del. We have screenshots to prove it. He stepped over the line. 

Keeb G kicked him today and rightfully so. I told him that he was my first replacement if someone didn’t show but that wasn’t good enough for him. I wish him the best of luck. He is a good example of someone that we genuinely like but just doesn’t “mesh” with the guild as a whole. 

I am putting this on my blog that my guildies have access to because I don’t want to see anymore drama about it. If R3 does rear his ugly head in the future I want everyone to see that we did the best we could with him. I don’t hold any hard feelings against him but I can say right now that he will never raid with us again.

Team Short Bus and What Not to Say in Vent, pt 2

My ICC team has an unoffical name, “Team Short Bus”. It was called group 2 or B but not anymore.

Sunday went really, really well – in terms of the bosses going down. We had a D-Bag Priest, Madori of <The Thirteeth Hour>, who totally decieved us. I gave him the Icecrown Spire Sandals because he made us all think he still had 213 Naxx boots. Turns out, he really has the 232 POS boots. That little fucker enchanted them right on the spot so he couldn’t trade them to Del. I just… ggrrr! That was the only cloth anything that dropped. Everything else was plate. 😦 The leather DPS belt dropped only days after I got the Frost badge belt. The badge belt is really more “tank” but it would have been nice to have spent those badges on something else.

Marrowgar doesn’t bone me anymore so Mier has made a macro for when he gets spiked. It reads “Help me! I’m boned!” He kills me. I love running with him. I don’t think we lost anyone on that fight, so that was good. I don’t even know what he dropped.

Lady D was fun. I totally didn’t miss any adds this week and my threat was a lot better. I am so glad the elevator after her doesn’t squish people because we all would have been dead. The little run up to the Gunship is a lot of fun, too. No raid quest, sadly.

OMG! The Gunship! This has to be my favorite fight in the whole game. I love Icehowl but this one is so much more fun. I have learned to park my bear butt on the portal on our boat and happily Swipe away. I like moving them back so the NPC on our boat fights with us. Torne won the roll on the sweet healing dagger that dropped.

Saurfang is so much less stressful as the tank! I really could have eaten cookies and milk at the same time. I did much better at taunting off Kells whenn he had the Rune of Blood. Then the drama started with the cloth boots. ><

Anyways, a few of our peeps died in the Hallway of Doom, Frogger Version 2.0. Keeb got on to me about being slow, but I didn’t die, so there! 🙂 We cleared the dogs and laughed that the Professor has pets with pink bows.

On the hallway between the dogs and Festergut, you need a tank leading the raid and one behind the raid. Kells asked this female bear tank, “Do you want it in the front or in the rear?” My face burned red and it was very hard to breathe through the laughter that burst out of me. OMG, Kells, I am not that kind of a girl! Raid chat then consisted of all sorts of innuendo about taking it in the rear. For the record, I took the rear. 😉

We dropped Festergut no problem. We went on to Rotface and called it a night after a few attempts. When on Rotface, I made the mistake of saying, in the company of young men boys; “I’m trying and he just wont come!” This was especially funny after Kells’s question of where I wanted it.

Things that went well on Monday:

1) We started on time.

2) All guildies! No d-bag priest.

3) We had fish feasts to eat

4) …

So, I don’t really want to talk about Monday. We zoned in and went for the transporter. I got off the transporter, like you do. I ran myself about half way into the platform on the left when I notice bigass respawns. So, I back my cat ass up. I hear people screaming in vent for a tank up there. I am right here, WTF? I look at my raid frames – Torne is dead and half the peeps are at 1/4 health. There was a val’kyr mob that got pulled and was eating the face off my raid. I went bear and taunted it off whoever had it. But, it was too late. There were too many severed essescences around so we wiped… on trash… in the second wing… Thus, Team Short Bus was born!

This is me:

ICC screenies and lowbie dungeon hell

Of course I got screen shots of me in bear form with the rocket on my ass… I got lots of screen shots actually but these are the best…

Druid Powah!

Get down... get down... jungle boogie!

I hope this doesn't burn my bear butt

I got the Blue Drake from Oculus the other day! Squee!!!

He looks a little cross eyed

I have a brand new baby Holy Paladin. I wanted a Pally so I could understand the way they heal better than I do now. Sometimes I have to remind myself of my ultimate goal when I meet some of the crazy people in lowbie dungeons. A low dungeon can either be a shit ton of fun or alarmingly noobtastic. I love the Pally – I’m already getting 2K Holy Light crits and have been since level around level 32. I just really wish the goodie bag was more helpful and gave me more than tank gear… /cry

This tank in DM was quite bad but he was level 23 and clearly still learning. I wouldn’t have been this harsh on him. I tried to give him some suggestions but he didn’t take them and the hunter go pretty pissed off at him:

glad I'm not on the business end of that

My brain hurts… Tankazoolu is a pretty epic name, tho… And I love the hunter in a guild called <I Only Raid Pre Cata> Already hating and it’s not even out yet…

Scalaclet Monisteryt! I love that instance!

Tanking ICC

I know I have seen the first wing of ICC at least (at the very, extreme least) ten times on my priest. I know that wing backwards and forwards – from a healer point of view. I thought that because I know the fights so well, I would be able to tank it. I was concerned about the adds on Lady Deathwhisper and over shooting the Horde ship and falling to my doom.

Well… healing it and tanking it are two completely different beasts. One does not equal the other. I was cause for a wipe a couple of times. Here’s what I did wrong: I didn’t stack with AJ’s tank correctly on Marrowgar. There was an add on Lady D that I completely missed – the guild must have taken pity on me and not called me out for being the only noob attacking Lady D instead of the add. On Gunship, I wasn’t on the away team and I was too slow in picking up the adds on our own ship. On Saurfang, I was slow on taunting off AJ when he got Rune of Blood. I didn’t taunt off after a Decimate on the dogs. I couldn’t control the slimes on whatever stupid boss the slimes are on (the left side hallway, I don’t know his stupid ass name). And, apparently, I wasn’t generating enough threat the entire time.

I feel like a total and utter noob. I know guildies will reassure me and tell me that I’m not noob – that is was a good first attempt. But, fuck a duck, I feel like shit about it. These were stupid, stupid mistakes. Slow bear is slow. I have seen all sorts of tanks in ICC but never a bear tank. I had only the faintest idea of what to expect, even after hours of research. I literally took notes and had them on my dry erase board propped up on my computer tower. Maybe part of my slowness came from looking at my notes constantly (each boss strat was written in a differant color) and not having enough attention to the actual fight… I don’t know… I don’t know why my threat was crap, either…

But, these are things I can work on. I have identified my problems and what went wrong – at least what was within my control. I have a week to work on it and I’ve talked to other tanks to ask what I could have done differently. I have some really good suggestions to try out. I just wish I knew a bear tank in ICC that I could talk to about this stuff. Reading blogs by bears has really helped me but it would be so nice to be able to ask questions and have a real time response.

We cleared the first wing like we always do but it was still progression – progression for a noob bear tank that will do much better next week.

Cata Changes

The Priest Preview was released and the changes are going to be epic. I’m just going to look at the Healing Priest stuff because I’m not shadow deeps anymore. Overall, I like it – as long as they don’t mess with my Penance.

New Priest Spells

Heal (available at level 16): While priests already have a spell called Heal, the existing version becomes obsolete at higher levels, which is something we intend to change in Cataclysm. Introduced at a low level, the “new” Heal spell will functionally work much like a down-ranked Greater Heal did in the past, adding more granularity to your direct-healing arsenal. If you need to heal someone a moderate amount and efficiency is an issue (making Flash Heal the incorrect spell for the job), then Heal is what you want to use. Heal is intended to be the priest’s go-to direct-healing spell unless they need something bigger (Greater Heal) or faster (Flash Heal). We will be following a similar philosophy with all the healing classes.

I don’t like this. I have Penance and Flash Heal. They would have to make the cast time and mana cost very efficient for me to cast “Heal” instead of Flash Heal. Bigger heal crits = bigger Divine Aegis absorbs. I always thought Penance was the median heal between Flash Heal and Greater Heal. This better not make my Penance become obsolete.

Inner Will (level 83): Increases movement speed by 12% and reduces the mana cost of instant-cast spells by 10%. This buff will be exclusive with Inner Fire, meaning you can’t have both up at once. Inner Fire provides a spell power and Armor buff; Inner Will should be useful on a more situational basis.

I like this one. I wonder if it will stack with Tuskarr’s Vitality and the speed increase meta gem. It is about time we get a speed boost to keep up with Paladin tanks who have the 15% speed increase talents. The 10% decrease in mana cost is nice for bubble spammers if it doesn’t interfere with the mana return of Rapture. My bubble costs 666 mana right now, 10% off would be around 600 per bubble. With my INT the way it is right now, fully raid buffed, I get around 913 mana back when the bubble breaks – I make 247 mana. If I were to put on Inner Will, I would make 313 mana. I gotta say, I’m liking it. Can haz right now?

Leap of Faith (level 85): Pull a party or raid member to your location. Leap of Faith (or “Life Grip”) is intended to give priests a tool to help rescue fellow players who have pulled aggro, are being focused on in PvP, or just can’t seem to get out of the fire in time. Instant. 30-yard range. 45-second cooldown.

I cannot wait for this! I cannot wait to have a battle of wills with a DK in a BG. I can just imagine a DK Deathgripping Del and I pull him right back! That’s my mage, bitches! No… but really, what an awesome idea for a spell. I can’t wait until I’m an OP level 85 with nothing else to do in a heroic than throw around random party members.

* All HoTs and DoTs will benefit from Haste and Crit innately. Hasted HoTs and DoTs will not have a shorter duration, just a shorter period in between ticks (meaning they will gain extra ticks to fill in the duration as appropriate).

Renew crits! ZOMG! Stacking Divine Aegis bubbles on Renew crits?! This is too good to be true. I will believe it when I see it.

* While we want to keep the priest’s role as a well-rounded healer, we also want to make sure the class is a viable tank healer, which is something priests moved away from a little in Wrath of the Lich King. Greater Heal will probably be the tank-healing spell of choice, though we’ve also discussed giving Discipline a second shield so that they have a small shield to cast on lots of different targets, and a big, more expensive shield to cast on a tank or anyone else taking a ton of damage.

I r not tank haelz? Since when am I a sub-par tank healer? I am OP in most 10 mans and just fine in 25 mans. I am confused by this. Again, it sees like Penance is getting the shaft. Screw you, Greater Heal. And I could have sworn that Divine Aegis was my “small” shield – I just don’t have control over it’s proc.

* Divine Spirit and Prayer of Spirit will be removed from the game. As Spirit will be the primary mana-regeneration stat, we don’t want it to vary as much between solo, small group, and raid play. Blessing of Kings and Mark of the Wild will not boost Spirit either.

Yay! One less Devout Candle to burn! That shit gets expensive on progression runs. I don’t care about spirit either way right now, so a welcome change. It will be odd that first day or so with out it.

* We want to improve Discipline’s single-target healing capacity. One key is to make sure shielding isn’t always a more attractive option than healing.

Do these people even play a Disc priest? Seriously? Am I going to be a clothie Pallie? Do they not realize that the bubbles actually wear off and the tank needs healing once they are gone? If they didn’t want the bubble to be attractive to us, then take away the healing glyph for it…. no wait, just take it away completely. The bubble is a cushion so that the healing that comes after it is more than a drop in the leaky bucket that is the tank’s health bar. I really hope this change is aimed at 5 man dungeons. Most of what I  do right now is just bubble people and read a blog at the same time.

* Discipline will finally be getting Power Word: Barrier as a talented ability. Think of it like a group Power Word: Shield.

Fuck yes! Sign me up! Sadly, they have waved this carrot on a stick in our faces before. I will believe it when I am actually in a group and casting it on us.

Bewbs and PVP hotness

I love both of my 80’s. They are female mostly because I am. I had a male character and that didn’t work out too well. I know there are women who work for Blizz but I’m sure it’s mostly guys designing the gear.

I feel like my bear should have her chest covered and not be perilously close to a double nipple slip constantly… So this chest incorporates a turtleneck, some sort of bondage style buckles but no protection for my jiggly bits – nice. Thanks, Blizz… I love random people whispering me in Dal to tell me my boobs are epic…


The Priest T10 also irritates me. I saved for months to get the 4 piece bonus and bastards changed it almost as soon as I got it. But… I don’t like how there’s buttons (?) accentuating my nipples and it looks like a chain going between them. All I need are some freaking tassels to complete the look… Funny convo in a random, too…

drunk healer not a good idea

Don’t get me started on the Spring Robes… How about “springing” for some more fabric to cover me – it’s freaking cold here in Dun Morogh…

you can't see them, but my nips could cut glass

Moving on…

We’re had a lot of fun PVP’ing lately. We did a For the Alliance yesterday and one shotted everything. I was bound and determined not to have a fail group. I was in a fail group a few weeks ago and the stupid raid leader had the ‘Lock put the summoning stone right outside the Org gates. What a tard.

We staged in out in BFE, The Barrens. Thank god Val knew where to go because I am clueless on Horde cities. He had eaten something that made him tiny and it was really funny to see him bouncing around on his mechostrider with 35 people following him.

The most Horde resistance came on Thrall. There were a few who tried to save their Warchief but they were overrun by our numbers. There were a few Hordies who just stood on the sidelines and let us kill their leaders. I don’t know what to think about that anymore. I used to let them kill our kings but the more I PVP – I’m not so sure I want to just stand around anymore.

It was so cool watching all of us running around in a big pack. You can see tiny Val in the center right in front of me and next to Holy’s Warlock: Rache. Whenever we took a flight point, it was funny to watch all the yellow dots streaking across the map.

Hakuna Matata, Bitches!

I couldn’t have done it without Del, Keeb, Rache and Val. You guys are amazing! That is by far the biggest thing I have ever organized and you guys were a great big help. Hugs and cookies to all you guys!

Silly Screenshot time


How did they get stables?! We just started ffs

Surprise Buttsecks!

I love all the crazy people I raid with... it'll be OK Krakkle

The Sproutling mocks my purple bunneh form

Insult to injury after I lay an egg

Dear Blizz, these low level pants do not make up for constant showing of skin on my female characters. Please try again – no love, a hot blooded girl gamer.

Nice pants!

OMG… Just wow

Kells came back! Squee!!! I am still doing the Snoopy Happy Dance. We celebrated by getting past the first ICC wing and actually downing bosses past that who aren’t the Val’kyr. It was truly amazing to behold the Dreamwalker fight in person other than watching strat videos of it. I cannot wait to keep trying it until we get it.

I don’t even know the names of the bosses we downed but I got a sweet new neck off of one of them. The running of the slimes boss was fun as long as people got cleansed soon enough. Decursive rocks in ICC. On the Dreamwalker fight, I set it up to only show me the diseases as that was killing Kells faster than the adds themselves. Before I did that, my Dispell Magic mouse botton was the left one and Abolish Disease was the right one. Since I went back to it showing me both, it has switched my mouse bottons around. I had a few bumpy starts before I realized what had happened. Now I have a sticky note on my monitor to remind me they changed. 🙂

I didn’t get any screenshots of the second wing, I’ll do better next time. I only have one more run in there on my Priest before I start leading on my Druid next week. It’s going to be my Bear rocket butt and Keeb’s Disco Priest from here on out.

There seems to be an odd dancing Bear bubble bug. My Bear dances on her hind legs and the bubble stays stationary. This was taken at the end of POS a few days ago.

Interesting bubble bug

 My hunter ran into an exceptionally well gear native Moonkin the other day. Not sure how a level 13 Moonkin managed to get badge gear but kudos to him!

5410 GS!