Despite taking the afternoon off yesterday, I didn’t do much WoW until later at night. And I hopped on to check my Oracle Egg and then hopped over to Schubert to do some more questing and a dungeon. He’s less than 20% left to 85 and finishing up his Deepholm quests.
I get in a dungeon and it’s Vortex Pinnacle. I think, awesome, easy, quick, good times. The group is pally tank and holy priest and then hunter, mage, and DK for DPS. Which I actually thought was a really good combo, spells, ranged physical, melee. Awesome. We do the first pull and the hunter is AFK. It seems to take forever to kill these things. And someone says “Ghost, are you here?” Yes he responds, I assume it’s the hunter, but as it turns out, it’s the DK. I don’t really think anything of it until the next pull, the DK is doing 1.2k DPS. Yes, you saw that correctly.
Someone asks what spec he is while I quickly inspect his gear. I mouse over the relic first and there I see it…Incription relic, with intellect. I quickly glance at the rest of his gear: plate with intellect, plate with spirit…uh oh. Oh, he’s also spec’d Blood also.
Now, most groups probably would have just booted this noob and that would have been the end of it. Someone asked how long he’s been playing, he replies “Since January, so I’m sorta new.” SINCE JANUARY. Now the guy is really nice, polite, isn’t cocky and when we ask to make some suggestions he’s more than willing. Amazingly he’s already dual-specc’d so we tell him it’s better to do Unholy for DPS, he switches and immediately goes up to 4.8k DPS. Much better. But still could have been better yet with gear that was more appropriate.
So I felt really bad for him, and the group was really nice to him. I felt bad because obviously he was just going off whatever he could, he didn’t know what was best for him and why, maybe no one explained to him, maybe because he could keep surviving and leveling it never was an issue. Maybe no one in his guild ever helped him. So the group was great, we all offered some suggestions on what to look for, a DPS strength neck piece dropped from one of the bosses, we told him to take it and put it on replacing his intellect/spirit gear. He was grateful and I was really proud of this PUG. Here we were, 5 people, all different servers, none of us knew each other, and regardless that we had someone who knew little about their class, we all offered to help instead of criticizing.
I wondered how it was for this guy. Was he kicked out of his LFG groups by elitist jerks? Did people say mean things to him all the time, laughing at him for being such a noob? We might have been the best PUG he ever had because instead of making fun of his bad, we helped him. It felt good. The whole group felt good, because regardless of how anyone was performing, we really helped this guy out AND we still got the dungeon accomplished without deaths and some smart CC. And noob DK really seemed to appreciate it too rather than being resistant or ignorant.
So that’s my warm and fuzzy story for the day. It was one of those reminders that there are still good people out there, even when faced with complete anonymity.