I don't know what's up with these low level dungeons but I haven't had the misfortune of grouping up with so many morons since... never. I've been doing a lot of heroics since the Dungeon Finder Tool hit, a few dozen in total. About 1 in 10 heroic runs turns out bad and usually the situation is fixed by getting rid of the offending member and replacing him with someone normal.
Low level dungeons however... man am I pissed! On my Priest I've been running a lot of dungeons lately, as I'm leveling. Currently I'm 47 and I've been in most instances from Deadmines to Maraudon. Unfortunately only a small number of them have been successful. It seems to me that as wonderful as the Dungeon Tool is, it has also attracted a whole lot of idiots who think they can jerk their way through to level 80.
I highly doubt that all these people are new players. I'm sure most of them have at least one high level character and most of them have surely grouped up before. In spite of this, I continue to be amazed by how much stupidity I encounter in these dungeons. Here are some of the types of asshats I've run into:
- melee hunters. Jeez what's up with these idiots? Why didn't they roll a rogue or something instead?
- retribution paladin tanks.
- paladin who insists to tank even though he's not the designated tank and everyone in the group tells him so.
- afk players.
- the dumbass who "needs" everything that drops. And doesn't communicate.
- tanks who pull whole rooms of elites and then bitch about the healer when the group wipes.
- tanks who keep on pulling regardless of the healer's mana.
I will lie if I say that none of these runs has been a success. I had the good fortune of running with a good team a couple of times. Just a few nights ago I joined a group for the first section of Maraudon (oh how I hate this instance). Myself as the healer, a pally tank, warrior dps, mage dps and rogue.
It became evident from the start that it was a good group. The tank had a proper Prot spec and she knew what the was doing. The dps were doing their jobs well, no one was jerking around or afk-ing. The tank was considerate to wait for myself and the mage to drink after fights and pulled only the minimum number of mobs. We downed the first boss quickly in that section and since we all felt we had a good thing going, decided that we would keep pressing onward.
Shortly after, the rogue left. He probably had other things to do which is fine and he did a good job anyway. We kept pushing forward, just the 4 of us. About an hour into the dungeon, we reached Princess. So we killed her.
So what's the big deal about this story? Well, for starters it goes to prove that skill is paramount and doing your job right goes a long way towards succeeding. Furthermore, a group of only 4 people managed to kill Princess and it's no easy feat considering she's about the toughest boss up to this level. Not only that, but she's level 48, with lots of HP, a nasty AoE attack and we were all under her level by a large margin. I was the "oldest" at 47 but the others ranged from 42 to 45 so I'm sure they had to deal with a lot of missed hits.
It may be a small accomplishment but for me, as a healer, I feel that I have gained a whole deal of experience in this small encounter. And it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside at the thought that there are still good players out there. I keep wondering if the quality of groups will improve as I approach 80. I certainly hope so.
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