Positive PuG

Shared Topic courtesy of Kin at Altoholics Anonymous. You can find other responses in this post at Blog Azeroth.

I’ve been playing my mage, Twylite, a fair bit lately. It’s fun when you’re feeling a bit blah about the game to pop on an alt you haven’t really explored yet, get her spec, glyphs, gear just right, and attempt to top the meters in every random you do as Frost. Maybe that’s just me, I like damage meters, they make DPS classes fun for me.

Well, when I was about level 35 and Scarlet Monastery was all the rage, I queued, got in a group and lo and behold the warrior tank could hold aggro! I Blizzarded my little Blood Elf heart out, and we started chatting, the tank, me and the druid healer. We decided to stick with that group and re-queue for a few. The druid healer was a really nice guy, he gave both me and the tank some friendly advice, not the kind of advice you expect to find in a pug these days. He told me to try single targeting the mob with the most HP in a pack of 4 or less, I think it was along those lines, I’ve since adapted it anyway, and it has helped me in dungeons with my mana issues.

It was a lovely group and unusual to find that and have everybody want to stick around, well, everybody who counts. The silent hunter left at the end of the first one. The warrior was on my server, I added him to my friends list and chatted a little after we had finished. Shame he hasn’t really been online at the same time as me since because it would have been quite cool to queue up again together. Keep trying guys, there are good pugs out there!

4 thoughts on “Positive PuG”

    1. Hehe, I guess RFC – RFK levels were pretty harsh, but after RFK until 80 they’re generally not too bad, the odd idiot who thinks he is holier than thou and all that, but most of the bad groups I’ve found at 80, with the silence and elitist douchebags.

  1. The majority of my experiences with the new LFD have been the “get it done, quick and quiet” variety. I’ve only ever seen two jerks in action, though, so I’m lucky in that regard.

    If you’d be so kind as to allow me to relate a few positive stories, however…

    I remember just shortly after cross-realm Instances became available, I started queueing up for Randoms. One of the first I got into using that feature was Violet Hold. The Tank was a Bear from a non-mine server. The run went beautifully. We had zero trouble with either the Ethereal or the Voidwalker, and I didn’t even have to throw a Misdirection for the portals where the mobs split. This was a VERY good Tank.

    Towards the end of the run, though, the Tank puts out in Party Chat that he hadn’t been able to play in a few months, and he apologized if he was rusty. There was enough action between then and the end for me to chime in, and he left too quickly after Cyanigosa was dead for me to say anything, but if his skills then were RUSTY, I can only imagine what he’s like now.

    And just shortly before the new LFD came out, I went into LFG for the Daily one day. I was plucked out and taken into a group, and it was a very smooth and efficient Gundrak run, with a fair amount of talking and breeze-shooting. I even added the Healer to my Friends list. Even though most of the people on my Friends list I’ve only grouped with that first time.

    A few days later, though, I was doing the Hodir dailies, and I got a whisper from this healer, and long story short, it led to a funny-only-in-hindsight EoE run with her Guild.

    I haven’t seen this person on in a while, though, and I kinda miss her. She was friendly…

    Thank you for indulging me, and for writing a column that jogged a couple of pleasant memories. :)

    1. I think most of mine have been the silent get it done types too, though at low level there’s a little banter, along the lines of “Omg can someone else tank?” “Noob healer, heal!” But every now and then you’ll group with some people like yourself who will talk and have fun, which is why I still do it, for those rare fun groups you land in.

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