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Monday, 27 October, 2008

Can we PuG, no we can’t

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:43 pm

Flowersz tried to Pug a Kara raid this weekend. Bah! I can’t begin to describe how awful it was.  Well OK, information pills I can begin to describe it.

I’ve not Pugged in a while, food the last time was Heroic Slave Pens where we managed one boss and Flowersz picked up Jokerellone who seems to have finally given up whispering her when she logs on. So, true, I didn’t have big hopes.

First off it took a while to get 10 people together, even thought here were 9 when I joined. Players kept leaving and joining while we were waiting for another healer. I kept saying there was no-way we could manage with only one healer, but guess what, we decided to try anyway. Just little Flowersz trying to heal.

Secondly, it turned out we weren’t doing kara, we were doing the new boss, and kara had already been partly cleared by someone in the group. Pah, there goes my hopes for more badges. (Flowersz really is a Badge Whore).

So as per usual Flowersz gets lost on the way to the new boss, everyone else seemed to know what was going on but me. She pulls trash and dies, runs in and a helpful druid shows her where to go, nice Kitty.

Boss is engaged and I start healing the shed-loads of damage that the mages immediately start taking (shouldn’t the tank be taking damage?). After a bit I find that I can’t heal the tank, he’s gone out of sight. Meanwhile someone is telling me to focus on the tank….. I am, kinda, but I don’t know where he is. Wipe.

More faffing around with group members. I run in, and even though the bodies are barely inside the entrance I have to rezz them. I’ve heard that pugs are like that, I’ve just never come across it before.

Second attempt is a little better, Flowersz is keeping the tank in sight and eventually dies, after quite a few of the rest of the raid are dead, I know several of them died because I couldn’t see them *and* the tank at the same time.

More acrimony, a few more players leave, some join, including another healer, a priest! With two healers we might actually manage to keep on top of the damage. So I run out to summon, and oh look I’m on my own. Wait, wait, wait. Eventually I realize that noone’s coming to help summon, and ask on the raid channel. Someone comes out, helps me summon the two new members and poof, there goes the tank!

I apologise to the priest I’ve just summoned and call it.

A few of the players did seem to know what they were doing, and acted fairly politely, running in when dead, coming when asked to the summoning stone, not pulling aggro within half a nano-second of the fight starting. By an amazing coincidence these were also the players still standing when Flowersz died, and perhaps the better geared ones. Other players were, well, not so good or nice.

To be fair, a big part of the issue was my not knowing what was going to happen, and noone explaining it, I felt there was an acrimonious undertone in what little raid chat there was.

Later on in Guild Chat it turned out that some guildies had 5 manned this new boss, the very same that Flowersz hadn’t even 10 manned! And of course *they* only had one healer as well.

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