Friday, 25 September 2009

First impressions we make of players and people in general

Well today I have had the joy of contemplating replacing my wife's car as the poor thing I think is about to have terminal gear box failure.
It has been an interesting experience going through car dealers and getting quotes on new car. Now I generally dress comfortably on my days off generally in jeans and T shirts and the razor is optional for the day.
It is quite amusing on how people in these places react to you when you are on about buying a vehicle worth a fair amount of cash. In certain places I got the impression that some of the sales people didn't give me a lot of time as I wasn't in a shirt and tie.
I also have a friend who to be honest is worse than me and could be described as a bit of a slob when he is wandering about and he has noticed the same thing when shopping for large items i.e. being given little attention by sales people as they tend to view that you cant afford the product.

It is interesting that these impressions they form are quite wrong I run a high turnover business unit at my work and my friend earns a very high salary as an IT contractor in the city. We know what we can afford and only go looking for it if its within our budgets.
The upshot of this is at least one person has lost the opportunity to sell a high priced car to my friend due to his attitude when my friend first entered the dealership before a word was spoken.

This got me thinking about how players in WOW can be judged i.e. for grouping for instances or raids. People demand EPIC achievements all the time just to run heroic VH or will kick anyone with the shred of green gear on them as unworthy.
But hold hard a minute group leader could this so called noob possibly be an alt of one of the top guilds on the server having a break or quiet time away from their hectic raiding schedule. This person due to their knowledge of game and super human play style could be able to pump out 4K dps from low gear.
Or could this person be you guilds next great tank / healer i.e someone who can play like god himself but just needs to prove themselves in a group.
I think recently there appears to be too much judgement on initial appearance of players and the perceived skill of them based on the gear they are wearing / achievements done.

So next time there is a group being formed will the leader be the person missing out on that diamond in the rough or the possibility of being looked on favourably by the leet guild on the server. Or will they take a chance and be pleasantly surprised/possibly amazed.


Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Yogg 1 AT 0 and oops we have been slacking in TOC :)

Well its Monday TOC was cleared by two teams the week before so we were at a bit of lose end for Monday so what to do???
I have a great idea yay lets go do Yogg in Ulduar we had left him up from a run two weeks ago for just such an occasion so I thought it would be a nice idea to extend my raid ID and get some other people to see it who didn't make our first kill.

Now a quick back story on this. AT pushed hard into Ulduar for quite a while with one raid team swapping people in and out as we went and finally got to MR Yogg and downed him in one night of hard try's. Now I know this isn't major compared to progress but it was a big effort for us and was a pleasure to finish Ulduar for the first time.

This was coincidentally at the point that TOC was about to hit so after that first sweet kill we like I guess a lot of other people bombed on into TOC as to be honest it was something we wanted to get started on. Hence we really didn't bother with Ulduar except on off days and fun runs (after all Yogg was dead mission accomplished for the AT heroes).

But yesterday after a successful TOC clear on the Wednesday I extended my Ulduar ID from the previous week and offered the chance up in the guild for people to have a crack at the big blob himself.
Several of our regulars offered to bench themselves to give people who had not been before a shot and off the merry team of 10 trotted to give Yogg a good spanking......... 2 Hours later a very battered AT team limped out of Ulduar after having received a rather harsh spanking from said blob.

I think going forward we will need to put more effort into Ulduar as a preparation for Icecrown rather than TOC as I get the feeling TOC was a bit of free loot filler from Blizz. If the same people who did Ulduar are doing Icecrown we need to keep our edge for that from Ulduar rather than be lulled into a false sense of security by the sweet song of TOC.

Zetter slightly scored and hammered tree.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

PUGs are like a box of Chocolates

As Forrest Gump's mum said "life is a like a box of chocolates you never know what you are going to get". I guess like a lot of people she didn't actually read the little bit of card you get in the box to tell you.

After watching the film the other day this got me thinking about PUGs.

Now recently I have been PUGing a hell of a lot due my drive for so I can get the T9 4 piece set. As there are quite a few days I can only nip on to do the daily say "hi" and go off I cant do this in guild runs all the time as a lot of people tend to have done it when I come on. So I drop into the murky world of PUGs again after a long absence when heroics were not worth doing.

Like Forrests mum and looking at the little card to tell you whats in the chocolate box, generally I don't have the time or patience to armoury people to see if they are going to cope in a heroic its just cross your fingers and hope for the best.

As a healer this can be interesting I tend to get into groups easily but the experience can vary from the easy to the ridiculous.
Take the last two days I have run with two different PUGs in fairly similar dailies difficulty wise these being Nexus and Halls Of Stone. But the runs could not have been more different in terms of the challenge to and the speed at which they were carried out.

The Nexus run was a full plate dps affair (well except me I was wearing Bark) with DKs, Pallys and Warriors. Overall the tank couldn't hold threat to save his life and I mainly spent the whole run healing one of the DPS warriors who seemed to be getting hit more than the tank. At one point before the boss in the crystal Garden I got killed and this bunch didnt even notice and proceeded to engage the boss while I was still dead.
We did the run but it was more challenging at times that healing Mimeron in Ulduar as there was threat bouncing all over the place!

Compare this to the run today through Halls Of Stone. The tank was a threat Magnet and the dps were competent. All I did during the run was put Rejuvenation on everyone and the occasional nourish with the last boss going down before I really had time to Blink.

Overall though both were fun runs in their way one was quick with competent people and the other was challenging and pushed me hard to make it a success.

So next time you are in a heroic PUG just wonder will you get the wonderful rich Truffle Chocolate or will it be the hard centre :).