EDIT: Apparently this post is nearly identical to one posted by Rilgon over at SES. So… you can read that one instead and basically get the exact same message.
Ok, let’s be clear here. I get playing “casual”; whatever definition you want to use. Dedicating hours a day into simulation engines, researching your class, finagling with gearing and gem choices for minimal gain… I get that it isn’t for everyone. I get that not everyone wants to spend nine hours a week raiding. I get that not everyone has any desire to throw themselves at the hardest raid content Blizzard has designed.
What I don’t get is why being utterly incompetent, why not even attempting to be any good at anything is somehow acceptable these days.
If you follow any blogs besides mine whatsoever, or occasionally listen to your friends, you’ve heard of horrendous, epic fail PuG groups. You’ve heard of the hunter wearing mp5 gear, the arms warrior trying to tank with 443 defense and DW daggers, or the legions of DKs struggling to maintain 300 DPS.
These people are full of fail, and more often than not are completely beyond help. If you attempt to help them, they usually become hostile, tell you to fuck off, and on and on.
What’s wrong with kids these days? Can’t take an ounce of criticism, tsk tsk.
Let’s say you meet a mage, and he spams scorch and nothing else. “Why are you only spamming scorch? Your DPS is terrible, it could be much better if you used other abilities, too.” There are two possible responses to this. They could raise a pair of middle fingers in your direction. They might come back with a perfectly rational (but wrong) explanation like “it casts fast, and doesn’t cost a lot of mana”. At which point you can simply educate them on their errors, they become better, hurrah hurrah.
Sadly that doesn’t happen very often. The stupid remain stupid, the ignorant remain ignorant, and there’s this attitude going around that it’s somehow okay. “It’s their fifteen bucks a month, they can do what they like with it, after all.” Yeah, uh, no.
If their answer is something like “idk lol”, I move immediately for a vote kick (on the admittedly rare occasions I do run into a fail player). Is this elitist of me? I don’t think it is, but I’m betting a fair number of you do. I say, if you’re not even going to put in the barest amount of effort into your class, then why the fuck are you signing up for heroics and inflicting your lazy ass on others?
I’m all for running with “lowbie geared” players. Dealing 80% of a party’s damage by myself fills my head with egotistical laughter. Running with a tank with “only” 26k HP actually makes me pay attention as a DPS, or gives me something to do as a healer.
When I sign up for a random heroic, I’m not expecting players of the “hard mode raider” type. I am not expecting players on the same level as me. I am not expecting the tank to be decked on ToGC-25 gear. I am not expecting a druid tank with 55k HP unbuffed. I am not expecting a holy paladin rocking 258 epics in every slot sporting the “Death’s Demise” title.
What I am expecting is for people to try.
I expect people to attempt to learn how their class works. I expect people to have an inkling of what aggro is and how it works. I expect people to have a foggy idea about things like “the mage doesn’t pull the next trash pull when the healer is dead”.
The “all fresh 80s should be able to produce 2k” thing that gets tossed around isn’t a matter of opinion, it is unwavering fact.
However, there are two provisos to that.
First, the 2k minimum assumes the player has put actual effort into their gear. This means no greens in any slot, it means blue gear from quests, professions or reputations. You don’t even need exalted epics or the 200 crafted epics to reach 2k deeps.
Second, the 2k minimum assumes a target dummy fight. With no movement, no target swapping, no gimmicks whatsoever, a fresh 80 can and should produce 2k DPS minimum.
IF you put effort into your gear, even if that effort was collecting dirt cheap AH mats and some questing in icecrown, and IF you put even the slightest amount of effort into finding out how your class works, it isn’t hard at all to produce non-fail DPS.
In a heroic, a fresh 80 shouldn’t expect to run at 2k/3k DPS for the whole run. Any number between about 1.3k and the aforementioned 2k is right about where a fresh 80 should be over an entire run.
If you are a fresh 80 in blues trucking along at, say, 1400 deeps in a heroic instances, us “elite players” (I’m finding it really hard to reconcile myself into that group) will not bother you. We might throw some tips your way if it’s obvious you’re new, but other than that we won’t notice.
We don’t mock the 1500 DPS newbies, we mock the 500 DPS morons. We don’t mock the dude in quest blues who actually took the time to get a decent set of gear together (in fact, we swoon when we see enchants and gems in blues), we mock the elemental shaman in 232 socketing defense rating gems. BURNING CRUSADE ERA defense rating gems.
As a side note, I’m not saying “better gear makes you a not dumb”. Players can still be full of fail even with great gear.
Take the “wannabe elitist”, that is, the guys pulling 6k DPS in their hard fought heroic badge gear using the cookie cutter specs they googled. Those guys most certainly will bother the appropriately geared folks. You know the type. The type who calls out a rogue wearing blues for “only” producing 2.4k DPS on a boss fight. Those guys deserved to be cock punched so hard.
Yes, yes, I see your leet deeps, I’m sure you worked real hard to earn that gear. Oh look at you using tab to swap targets even if it pulls the next trash group, you are so awesome, shine on you crazy diamond. Casting Rain of Fire on a fresh batch of mobs whilst the paladin tank is OOM and drinking? Oh you rascal.
Also, to all the healers complaining about tanks with less than 30k HP. Shut your goddamn whore mouths. If he’s defense capped, if he has over 20k HP buffed up, then he can damn well tank a heroic and you can damn well heal him through it. (The new stuff being the exception, dur.) “Oh but he takes daaamaaage and it’s haaard to heal hiiim.” OH NO WoW is occasionally moderately difficult and requires you to push buttons! Whatever shall we do! Here, cry into my pillow while I smother you.
One more explanatory tangent. We “elite players” mock the people pulling 2k DPS in high end epics (as in 232 plus) just as much as the people pulling 300 DPS in greens. Just sayin’.
The moral of the story is… try. Just try. Put effort into it. Learn. ASK, for heaven’s sake. Don’t worry about screwing up. We’re humans, we all fail. Sometimes you dodge Shadow Crash, sometimes you’ll just get smashed with it. So? That’s why you carry bandages, isn’t it?
I am not advocating rude and harsh treatment of newbies. I am not advocating behaviour that is best described as “fuckwadery”.
I am, however, advocating the rude and harsh treatment of moronic dipsticks, the kind with no idea how anything works with absolutely zero desire to do anything about it. The kind who just sorta wanders around going “herp a derp derp”. Like this guy.
“Think a Level 80 player should be on top of his or her game?” asks the Drama Mamas. Why yes, yes I goddamn do. Being on top of your game does not mean you are doing everything flawlessly.
It means you are trying to do everything flawlessly, to the best of your ability.
That is what I expect.