PuG Observations: Top 5 Ways to Die

9 02 2010

I watch people die. A lot. When I’m healing, I do my best to keep them up, but it is more stupidity that kills them. When I’m tanking, I have all the mobs by the balls, so it is hilarious to watch people die and blame me. So, I’ve decided to compile a list, in no particular order, of the ways I’ve seen people commonly die.

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How to Wipe Effectively (Fumes)

26 07 2009

Ever wonder why there aren’t that many toilets in the WoW universe? It is because not everyone knows how to wipe. *crickets*

May I have some toilet paper?

May I have some toilet paper?

So… yeah, let’s talk about wiping. A wipe is a term that is generally feared by people. It typically means a failure and isn’t always fun. We’re not gonna get into the analysis of a wipe. I’m just going to tell you how to wipe, just like your parents should’ve taught you a long time ago. Main Tank is dead, Healers are dead, no battle ressurection is availabe. Wrap things up as quickly as possible to get back in action as soon as possible. If you try to drag it out, you will more than likely irritate someone. It is just good manners.

Taunt the Boss: If you’re a class with a high threat ability or a taunt, and a wipe has been called, taunt the boss. Then, for added fun, go stand next to the Hunter that decided to Feign Death. He can’t res effectively, why should s/he escape death? Another method to “Taunt the Boss” is to just stand at the feet of the boss and wait for him to pick everyone off one by one.

Environment/Boss Mechanics: If you’re in an encounter like Thaddius, and a wipe has been called, just run into the opposite group. Even if you manage to get to the other side of the room, he will tend to hurl a giant ball of lightning at you, killing you. I recall a Hunter trying to FD in this room and locked everyone in combat, unable to zone in, for a decent amount of time, aggravating everyone in the group. Another example would be Ignis, Razorscale, or any encounter that has something you shouldn’t be standing in. Go stand in it.

Note: Yes, there are some encounters where you can get out unscathed (Freya will reset if you run to the door). Huzzah, you don’t have to pay a few paltry gold. The longer your antics drag any encounter out, the longer it’ll take to recover (people can’t zone in while an encounter is in progress), the less time you’ll have to work on the encounter, and the higher the chance you will get on people’s nerves. A lot of what I write is based on my experience with raids, both Guild and PuGs.

If a wipe has been called, one of a few things can happen:

  • Tanks shall switch out of stances/forms/presences and just kinda stand around.
  • Healers shall stop healing and just kinda stand around.*
  • DPS will run around with their heads cut off because when Omen (or any threat monitor) signals an aggro warning, DPS always run away from the tanks. It is just something that tends to be true.

*If you are a Shaman with Reincarnation off of CD, or a person with the ability to res others and have a Soulstone active on you, get as far away from the original point of the Boss to ensure you won’t pop back up in range of him to aggro onto you and waste your ability.

As players, we don’t raid to have a miserable time and waste our money. We do it to have fun. By dragging out recovery time and pulling at people’s nerves, you are making things less fun and wasting time. As one of my guilds used to say, “Less suck, more awesome.” Have fun and know when to roll over and die. Dailies are there to aide in repair bills, we all have to pay them at some point.