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August 10th, 2006
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I'm stealing time!
There's this little lull while I await further orders/info/whathaveyou, so I am going to try to make a post that I really wanna make.

I went on my first real 5-man instance in WoW yesterday. Rather unexpectedly, but I did enjoy myself and plan to do that more.

The chat channel called LookingForGroup is VERY busy, such is life. Not only are a lot of people looking for groups all the time, but some people just CAN'T let a chat channel go by without adding their own stamp, no matter how off topic. So I turned it off a day or two after starting to play. What's a level 5 or so going to do with that channel?

A few days ago it occurred to me that I had character high enough level to actually group. Whoa. So I turned it back on. Holy crud, still busy! But it's mostly entertaining now, since I understand more.

I was caught by what I thought was a typo. I am familiar with Rage Fire Chasm (RFC) and thought someone meant that when asking for a group for RFK. But, rather than jump to conclusions, I sent a tell asking what RFK stood for. oooo, Razor Fen Kraul. Um... what level is that for? 30 or so? Would a level 29 Priest be completely over matched? (no, really, I was just curious in a general sense, but) Suddenly, I have a Invite request from the person.

I take a mere moment to decide if I REALLY want to be a healer type with so little experience, but the person says they have one priest all ready and I just couldn't resist.

LOL, right after I accept I see the person say "LF2M have tank and 2 priests!" Maybe my bros were right about priests always being welcome....

It was fun. It was educational. I was the only one to die. Which is just fine, as there was a shaman and a priest to race to rez me. About half way through the other priest and the shaman had to go, so it was just me. :0 And no one died.

Of course, without that shaman, we didn't have QUITE so many problems with mobs getting pulled early, or unexpectely, or having ADDs when we didn't really need them. (somehow we survived having FIVE on us one time. Funny story, actually. I could see two mobs coming at us from my front (thanks to the Shaman, I do believe), but saw our party leader shooting BEHIND me. Um.... crud. The Shaman had to heal himself twice, due to total lack of mana for both priests, but nobody died that time, for a miracle.)

Perhaps it was just ideosyncratic of this group, but we two priests just did what we were told, and the other three (party leader warrior who SHOULD have been in charge if you ask me, the other warrior that had a map and the shaman who seemed QUITE sure he was right no matter what) kept trying to go in three different directions.... Twas like herding cats. And this was only FIVE. How do the 40 mans do it?


All in all, I don't feel quite so noobish anymore and am more willing to be the healer for a group (it's really a very responsible position, for all that we don't seem to do much for long periods of time... when things go well)



Oh, and Thomas' birthday gift was a PS2 game of his choosing. He chose Burnout Revenge. I just hope he gets all that 'do stupid stuff in cars' out of his system, rather than thinking it's okay to do them. But it had him totally entranced while I was playing WoW last night.

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From:stormknight
Date:August 10th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
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Okay... Now you've done an instance without having a 60 hand-holding. Does this mean we can do RFC when the time comes? ;o)

To answer questions, if there's a question as to who the Leader is, Just follow the guy with the crown. That way you can at least blame that idiot for not keeping herd.

But in more realistic terms, your tank is your leader for 5-man, unless someone else seems to be keeping a handle on it.

And in Raids, it's this wonderful thing called Team-speak that keeps things organized. That, and if you constantly defy the Raid Leader, you get the boot. There's always someone ready to take the slot.
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From:solan_t
Date:August 10th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
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If we get three others to come with, sure, RFC without the 60. :p



The problem was, the group was specifically for the warrior quest and we had two warriors... and a shaman that wanted to tank, too. Therefor, three different leads....
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From:stormknight
Date:August 10th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Shamans who want to Tank. AKA fucking idiots.

That's right up there with "Melee Hunter" and "AoE Pulling" when it comes to Dumb friggin' ideas.

Ah. Yeah. Two Warriors always leads to something of a tug-o-war. That's why I always ask in PuGs where there are warriors, "Are you Main Tank?"

If they don't answer me, I go into Defensive mode and take the point. If they object to the arrangement, I defer to the Party Leader (Who always seems to be the Priest.... or me).

Eventually, you need to kick the idiots in the head a few times. If they don't get it, just look for a replacement.

It sounds harsh, but we play on High-population servers. There's always someone ready to take the spot, or if worse comes to worst, a 60 may be along to hand-hold.
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From:solan_t
Date:August 10th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
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In the party leader's defense, s/he marked the targets and TRIED to to tell the other two which ones to go after, but somebody often wouldn't wait for that. :p I think the party leader intended the other warrior to be the lead tank and take secondary him/herself, but it didn't always work that way.


In defense of all the tanks, if I ended up attracting aggro, they were very good at noticing quickly (maybe they had an add on, don't know) and grabbing up the aggro. I am still not sure why I died. I didn't have any melee on me and I didn't see anything shooting at me, nor did I seem to have any spells/curses/debuffs on me, but my health just dropped way and 'dead'.
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From:stormknight
Date:August 10th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
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By "Somebody" I'm guessing you mean the idiot Shaman who has bought into the "Invincblity" of the class. As you saw the other night, Shamans aren't invincible ... just really really versatile. :o) Good at a bunch of things, but horrible at focusing on any one aspect.

Sounds like you had a good team leader, at least.

And good that someone was noticing the problem when it came to you drawing aggro.

As for a phantom death... don't know what to tell you there.
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From:starseeking
Date:August 10th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes your connection hiccups, not quite a lag and you wake up as a ghost going WTF?!?!?!?! OMG!?!!??!!? :D Even with a freaking t3 line..*hides his wow directory at work* :D
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:August 12th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
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I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the game. I suck at games like that, but maybe if I beat Diablo2, I'll feel ready for WoW and join you and about another fifty or so of my friends who are on it.
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From:6strings
Date:August 12th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
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:) I'm working on leveling up a rogue, now that my warlock is 60. The rogue is up to 30 and I've avoided RFK and RFD so far. The Barrens quests have gotten quite old. I may to SFK soon, though. While undead, I avoided most of the undead areas' quests, because my regular grouping partner is a tauren. And choosing skinning and leatherworking has me rather tied to Thunder Bluff, except for rogue training.

Deviate Scale Belts, you provide mats. . . .
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