If you know me, or have been reading AA for any length of time, you know that I love the old dungeons. Shadowfang Keep remains one of my favourite 5-mans, and I’m one of the few people happy to tear through Blackrock Depths. I still go back to farm for recipes or just the feel of the place. What I want to do less and less (outside my own guild and friends) is run them for experience.
Don’t get me wrong, the amount of xp you can snag in dungeon runs (plus quests inside) is solid. Unfortunately, so is the level of absurdity in PUGs. There’s more people just going in and going through the motions or simply doing whatever they please, without a care in the world. Call them on it and they basically just shrug you off with some absurd vulgar noob remark. That’s if they even have stat appropriate gear to call you a noob in the first place. I’ve seen more Rogues with Spirit Leathers and Hunters in Strength Mail than I’d care to.
Also, if you’re really lucky and you’ve queued as a tank, you get the pleasure of usually having at least one person decide they’re going to pull/charge/do some crazy stunt that has you fighting to get aggro back even before you’ve started building it. Quite often if I’m tanking with my Warrior or Druid, I find myself switching to dps simply because my philosophy is if you want to tank then tank. No point having two in a 5-man instance. If my wife’s healing, then I take it a step further and just sit down and watch the fight. Also, in fairness, I warn people first.
The funny thing is, I think the ones that do things like this that grief the tank or even the healer sometimes, have never played either role. Now that I play a tank (or three) and know a bit more about the role, I’m a better dps or healer because I know what kind of things they need to be doing and what I have to do to help or not hinder that. I’ve also seen the same thought process from people who don’t do these silly things to me. I’ve shared a novel’s worth of whispers on the subject.
I don’t know if it’s quick alt leveling, or new players, but I try to be polite and work with people as best I can. I just find it to be more of a lost cause some days. Is it any wonder I’ve found a bit of a PvP love as a result? If all goes well, I can get a level in about 3-4 random bg’s (just two heirloom pieces). If we struggle, it’s a different story but I’m ok with that.
In all honesty, I’ve found the battlegrounds to be more appealing lately. Nevermind the PvP love I’ve discovered in recent months (we’ll save that for another day), but on the whole they aren’t as bad as I remember them. There’s a few clowns that talk like they’re the top rated PvP player on their server, even at level 37, but one expects that. There just seems to be more communication than before on Alliance side. People are actually working together, which is a rather significant element needed for success. I’d rather fail working together than succeed while pulling my hair out because someone’s being an asshat for no reason other than they can be.