Shell, all professional and editor like, introduced us to Blog Azeroth. This week’s shared topic was all about reading something different for a change. Positive experiences in Pugs!
We have delved deep into the shadowy world of all manner of Pugs. We even have a whole feature dedicated to the extraordinary fail of some of these pick up groups.
In a previous piece I wrote, we established that when someone from the dread realm of Al’Akir is in our group, the frustration already commences even before the first pull. I know, now that I have done a few with my mini-mogs’ characters, my stomach churns when I see one of them.
We have painted a myriad of pictures portraying the doom and gloom and it seems from quite a few comments from readers detailing their own horror stories, it can safely be said pugs can be placed on the half empty side of the glass.
Now to try and be the Doctor of all feel good, happiness and bouncing bunnies. I declare “Yes! there are some positive groups out there.”
I read Vinnayo’s comment about him meeting up with some PVP comrades in random dungeons and having a jolly good time chatting about all things arena, ratings and other stuff that strikes the fear of Deathwing in me.
Also, Magevossie commented on the same piece that he was in pugs with some questionable warlock who was after him with a /spit macro, who tried to kick him but got his
fel handed back to him as other randoms enjoyed someone being social.
I didn’t believe it. No Way can pugs be positive?
Not a chance, can’t be done or I just have shitty luck. Well the few I did before, pretty much scarred me and forced me into the dark corner of pugaphobia.
I decided to start again, from RFC upwards and onwards. First it was healing on my priest (who incidently, I should have named “Oopsthetankdied” – oh and it would have made it on the crap name of the week list) and then I dusted off the mage to blast things to bits. And yes, my pugaphobia waned, in Deadmines of all places!
I knew the run would be good when I saw a fellow dreamer! Yup, first time I ever encountered a server colleague since using the LFD tool. The run was most definitely not smooth. People leaving, afk leeching, one or two “huntards” but we eventually got to the Transformer thing and his goblin sidekick (I suck at names okay!) Then the healer had to relog and begged us not to kick him, so we didn’t instead we all /danced. Party chat was rolling on the screen, well not quite as colourful as TPS’s Guild chat but was quite something to see these days, other than “ffs wtf!? Kick him” or everyone’s favourite “GOGOGOGOGO”
The healer came back and after a few hiccups we eventually got to Van Cleef. No one had a nappy rash when we wiped, friendly advice was given to one of the newbie young ‘uns. The only thing is, and no I am really not exaggerating, Deadmines that day took longer than clearing Naxx but damn it’s fun when you eventually get a group that clicks.
Later on, my new addition to my friend list suggested we go binge on the seeds of corruption with our warlocks. We roped in some guildies each, but damn as per usual NO TANK! Bloody Bonzo was too busy documenting all his adventures and painting pretty pictures somewhere.
So eventually after the excruciatingly long 20 minute wait (Um, how long did it take us on Horde to find a full group pre Cross Realm days?) we got a tank. Poor guy’s health went up and down like a yo yo, turns out he was a very fresh 80 and was not defense capped. Now with two Destruction warlocks who had the God of RNG smiling on us, this must have been hell for him as it was for us, worse for our healer. But no we’re not from Al’Akir or one of the other annoying realms, we soldiered on and we eventually got to the last boss. The nice “fail” tank realised his “game time” was running out, and had to leave but not before he thanked us a couple of times for not kicking him and giving him a chance.
I am certainly not Miss Positive (hence my main is a warlock!) but the lesson in positivity I learnt is; if the group does seem like fail, give it a chance, kick the trash talking twits, guide the inexperienced, take a guildie or friend, yes it may take longer than Naxx but surprise…you may actually have some fun!