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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Driven to Tears

Enough with the Bunny Ears already!

I've taken to sticking the Female Dwarves in inaccessible places until Noblegarden is over, but even perched up in the air I'm not safe from roving Blood Elves. It's always chuffin' Blood Elves. Then to add insult to injury last night a Level 9 Human invited me to a group and then expected me to wait until they'd run from Goldshire to put the bloody ears on. I had but one thing to say in response: Nick off. Next time, whisper and ask politely and I'll happily wait, I'll even /cheer at you when you get your Achievement. Otherwise, it's not gonna happen.

This however is not about my Rogue's tears: last night, that was me. It's been a very long time since the game has reduced me to sobbing and shortly after having to walk away to calm down, but last night it happened.

Being melee in 5 man Heroics has not been a fun experience. The amount of crap that mobs and bosses throw down that needs to be avoided is frankly ridiculous. The amount of movement I needed to do last night meant, for most of the time, my dps wasn't helping anyone. Grim Batol hasn't ever been a favourite instance destination either, if I'm honest, I don't like it as a ranged dps either. Don't get me wrong, I'm not lamenting the mechanics overall, I'm acutely aware that I'm not good enough yet enough to take in everything that happens that I need either to do or avoid AND be a useful source of damage. I'm simply not fast enough that close up to mobs.

The Third Boss in Grim Batol was the eventual straw that broke this Rogue's back. Drahga Shadowburner is being nerfed in 4.1, I notice with some satisfaction, and I can see why but even that wouldn't have helped me last night. Too slow to react to Shredding Swipe and missing at least one spawn of Invocation of Flame that was linked to me, it took over an hour of wiping before I decided it was time to throw in the towel and ask to skip.  Erudax caused similar trauma until I decided that I wanted to be in bed before midnight and if I switched to range most of the problems we were having would go away. Sure enough, wheeling in the hunter made it a one-shot, and gave the Achievement to boot. When the leather chest dropped I lost the plot and had to walk away for the second time. Yes, I cried over loot. What is the World coming to :(

With some hindsight I think I need a lot more practice, and I need to be less hard on myself. I also have a great deal of sympathy for anyone who's melee in a Heroic. I shudder to think how hard it must be in 10 mans down the sharp end...

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