The LFR enigma
I did my first LFR today after finally getting my armor up to the required level. I’ve been struggling for ages to find a good trinket. Apart from Anhuur’s Hymnal nothing has dropped for me in the Cataclysm heroics. I refuse to pay gold (that I haven’t got anyway) on the Darkmoon Volcano Card (even though I know the minute I get over 6K I will!) And I was beat up too many times in Tol Barad yesterday to even entertain the notion of getting Mirror of Broken Images. So up until today I was still using (don’t laugh) Maghia’s Misguided Quill! It was totally bringing my level average down (you’re bringing me down maaaaan) and I thought I was doomed to be at level 368 for ever. But today came salvation! I came across Soul Casket on a website & found out that the guy who stands in front of Magatha actually sells it (for some reason I’d not looked at what he was selling – yes I’m an idiot). So I replaced my quill with a casket (ahhh the fate of all writers), rose above 372 & finally finally got to queue in LFR.
I wish I hadn’t bothered. In fact I wish I’d not bothered getting to 85 to try this stuff out. I wish I was still an innocent Level 1 in Northshire Abbey having fun killing kobolds. But even that had it’s moments (I’m still terrified of anyone from the Defias school of thought). Perhaps what I really wish is that I never actually started playing this game – because at least then I’d still have my belief that most people (mass murderers aside – and they always skew the averages) are inherently good, kind and helpful, as opposed to my now certain knowledge that too many people are arrogant, egotistical & intolerant – and often very delusional about their own abilities.
The LFR group I chose was Fall of Deathwing. Before going in I read some very brief strats on WoW Insider & it seemed ok. I ended up joining just before Warmaster Blackhorn. That fight was pretty straightforward. Crucially there was no abuse, no deaths and I was middlish with my dps – all seemed well.
The next bit was Spine of Deathwing. Here is where it started to go wrong. At one point during the fight someone yelled STOP DPS. I immediately stopped casting and waited to hear what to do next. Nothing. Then another STOP DPS FOR GOD’S SAKE. Ok I wasn’t casting but clearly others were still attacking, but in any case just yelling “Stop” without saying anything else is not particularly helpful. YOU NOOBS was next (obviously – what else?). Then ” WHEN I HAD TO WAIT 15 MINS FOR A BUFF I KNEW THIS WOULD BE BAD” from some other poor hard-done by soul (15 mins for a buff- bless- what is the world coming too?).
This all annoyed me. Firstly yes buffing is an obvious thing to do & we should all do it (I do it compulsively – even casting focus magic on an enhancement shaman once) but try not to read too much into a missing buff. Moreover, you’re in LFR! People going in LFR are usually – I think – people who aren’t part of a raiding guild, are trying to gear up, are often going in a raid for the first time etc. If you’re expecting perfect knowledge of all the strategies you’re in the wrong place. Also if you’re going to tell people what to do then tell them properly not just half formed statements. It is not helpful. I read on WoW Insider that basically what the person meant to say was, “You must kill 9 corrupted bloods near an amalgamation to cause him to explode (don’t kill the big add before he transforms), loosening the plate.”
Why couldn’t someone have said something like that – in shorthand obviously!? Actually the time they took to type the criticism could have been better spent doing that (actually I’d rather they’d have just logged off and gone in the corner to reflect on what an obnoxious person they’d become – preferably with a bit of face punching- but you can’t have everything ).
Anyway we got through that bit finally. The next part was horrendous. We wiped twice at the very end. As far as I can see people were dpsing the tentacle and turning to the adds when they came in, then turning back etc, and doing the same pattern on each of the platforms. The only thing no one did was attack the bolt before it exploded but that useful instruction was not in the strategy I read & no one thought to mention it in the raid until after the 2nd wipe. In the end I and several other dps were booted for being at the low end of the dps table. Only the 2nd time in my WoW history I’ve ever been booted :(
I just don’t know what people expect from LFR. I know it’s annoying when people don’t listen – but say something it’s worth listening to then. Telling people to “Sell the game” is uncalled for. In an LFR group everyone is 85 and has an ilevel over 372. They may not be brilliant or expert but they have clearly devoted a not inconsiderable amount of time to the game. They can play- if not they’d still be running around in circles in Teldrassil wondering why they’ve not levelled after killing 1000 blades of grass or something. But they might not know how to play in a raid. That is the part of the game they are now learning. It’s all part of the learning curve. So rather than abusing why not try helping?
And who are these pros in LFR anyway? Why are they in LFR? They’re like an older teenager kept back in junior school for failing exams and then delusionally throwing their weight around the smaller pupils and claiming intellectual superiority because they know their Two times table. If they were any good wouldn’t they be doing a normal or heroic raid? Are they only in LFR because they like to be the big fish in a small pond because that’s easier and because they can’t actually hack it when it gets too tough?
Yes dreadful generalisations I know but I’m annoyed and when I’m annoyed I’m mean spirited. I’m sure people are in LFR for all sorts of reasons – but what I saw today indicates that being kind to others, supporting newcomers to the world of raiding, is rarely one of them. For many they just want another opportunity to deride, ridicule and criticise, and to confirm to themselves that all people – apart from themselves of course – are basically crap and don’t deserve to breathe the same (virtual) air as they do.
LFR then is the place the arrogant come to bolster further their delusional self esteem. If only it was the place people came to help and support. As in the real world people find it easier to adopt a world weary cynicism than to actually be a force for good in the world – and the world (both real & Azeroth) is much the poorer for it.