"So we sucked it up and joined LFG," Heilmari continued. "Our dungeon master yanked aside the unwitting victim -- I mean, the l33t pro healer we got -- to let him know: the tank was a kid, he was learning, we had another plate wearer right there just in case things went to hell faster than you can yell 'For Lordaeron!' ... Was he okay with this?
"Dear Arkouda from US Gorefiend: you bloody well ruled, man. You made a kid's night. You were beyond patient and understanding. You were encouraging, you cheered him on, you watched what he was doing, you whispered hints and tips. We didn't have a single death, and we made it through HoL heroic in under half an hour with a very, very fresh tank. Thank you. I hope every PUG appreciates you as much as we did." (Haelmari, <Saints of Elune>, US Eonar-A)
We've got lots more Acts of Random Uberness where that one came from.
Mattmatics (US Dragonmaw-H) "I had zoned into Gundrak as a healer, only to find we had a fairly new-to-80 paladin tank. After a close shave on the first boss (said paladin tank was the only one left alive), a few group members dropped.
"This is when Mattmatics came to the rescue. He not only stopped a warrior DPS (from) saying the tank should go and drop group straight away to do normals instead, (but) he also did most of the damage and made it possible for us to defeat the bosses before I tore my hair out at the aggro-pulling, group-wide healing-needing situations. He also answered my inane questions about warlocks ('Err, what's that bouncy green thing between you and mobs?' 'Why, Haunt, of course!'). And his name is awesome. =)" (Risqtish, <Oceanic Guardians>, US Shadow Council-H)
Raeynne <Last Stand of Valor>, US Whisperwind-A "We were in a Vault-25 PUG together and the Wrathful gloves dropped off Toravon. I won the roll, but the raid leader mislooted the gloves to Raeynne. A short tell later, and she agreed to trade them to me next chance she got. It's randomly uber because she could have kept the gloves for herself or just ignored me, but instead she chose to do the right thing. Thanks, Raeynne!" (Urzah, US Whisperwind-A)
Unknown New Level 80 Tank, Rampage battlegroup "I generally play randoms pretty 'heads down.' I focus the tank, assist, misdirect and generally make things die so I can have the group's enchanter give me mats and the last dead boss give me frost badges. This particular run was no different. Trash is dropping, the tank's health never gets alarmingly low (my Recount window slightly covers my focus unit frame, but I was never scared for the tank), and we're progressing at an acceptable rate.
"Just before pulling the boss, someone starts complaining about the tank's gear. I take a quick look and see that our pally tank has 25k health. Turns out, it's the healer complaining, 'You barely have more health than your healer.' The healer had 23k health and almost 30k mana. The tank simply says, 'I wondered how long until I'd get bothered about that. I'm defense-capped, and you get gear from heroics.'
"Trollgore is engaged, and we nearly take him down before the tank goes down and a wipe follows. I was flabbergasted. I didn't pull threat until the tank died and was near (if not on top) of the DPS chart. The healer drops and the tank says, 'Wow, I didn't get a single heal during that fight. Fourth heroic since turning 80 [hours ago], and that's my first death.'
"At this point, another DPS drops and we requeue. I didn't want to wait out the debuff or another DPS queue, and I knew the tank could do it. The other DPS and I are giving the tank our support as the new group comes in. (While waiting for the new members, I checked out the tank's gear; could not have been better for a four-heroic 80. I was really impressed.) We preemptively let the new healer and DPS know that we have an instance-appropriate, geared tank (not over-geared, as per random heroic usual) and we know we can complete the dungeon with no issues.
"The healer wholeheartedly agrees, and we proceed to destroy DTK at current-day heroic speeds. Tank was never in trouble, DPS was good, healing and threat were great. In fact, my thought halfway through the dungeon was that this paladin with 25k health seemed easier for the healer to keep up than a 45k DK tank I'd recently healed on my druid. I really wish I would have noted every toon's name, but it was a great run and reminder for me, so I thought I'd share." (Purloach, US Ravencrest-H)
Around the World of Warcraft
There's something about EU Emerald Dream
: Emerald Dreamers
, a self-hosted realm forum designed to build community and participation. "We started the site in November last year because we were sick of the forums (official and
unofficial) being mostly guild recruitment spam and bots posting porn threads," explain founders Holyshell and Tethane. "We wanted a place to write about interesting people and events on the realm and showcase some talent (we have a web comic and an upcoming machinima featuring voiceovers from 'The Staff,' which should be fun). Of course as time went on, we started to feature more generic posts, too, though all by people from our realm -- so even if it's unrelated, it's still giving EDers a voice." Do you blog about WoW? Or are you addicted to reading WoW blogs?
We may have just the guild for you. Miss Medicina, of the eponymous blog
, and Tamarind of Righteous Orbs
are nurturing the WoW
blogging community with a new guild specifically for bloggers and blog-lovers. <Single Abstract Noun> resides on both the US and EU versions of Argent Dawn realms. As Miss Medicina puts it, "It's almost like the antithesis of Gevlon's Blue Guild ... We have absolutely no real purpose EXCEPT to be social."
You don't have to be a blogger yourself in order to join. Visit Miss Medicina's post for more information about joining the US/Oceanic guild
, or pop by Righteous Orbs for deets on the EU version
Don't forget about WoW.com's own bloggarific guild, <It came from the Blog> on US Zangarmarsh-H. Guild mama Robin Torres runs regular events
that players of any level can enjoy, including meetups with many of the WoW.com team. Membership is open to all; visit the guild FAQ
for more details.
What a long, strange way to play; this guy must be insane.
A duly impressed fan sent in these shots of Owatanka
's (US Exodar-H) five-boxed achievement of both Insane in the Membrane
and What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
. We're ... speechless.