"On Devourer, the group again had trouble, resulting in several wipes. Where others would have dropped group immediately, Sam encouraged us to continue on. Finally getting Devourer down, Needle-Encrusted Scorpion dropped, and both Sam and I rolled Need. Sam won the roll, but then said, "Do you want it? Here you go," and put it in a trade window. I protested and offered to pay gold, but in an amazing act of kindness, Sam said, "A favor for a favor; I'll get it another day!" We were all so amazed and thankful for such a great player, who was the perfect example of how a bad PUG can be turned into a fun and memorable run, through the use of friendly camaraderie, patient leadership and a great sense of humor!" (Veneanar, <Knights of the Red Sky>, US Quel'Dorei-A)
Ganduilvera, US Kirin Tor-H "I was leading a PUG though Zul'Farrak on my warrior; I was tanking. All of us in our 40s. A few pulls in, someone comments on the shadowpriest 'just standing around' and 'not in Shadowform.' The priest replies with 'I don't do much DPS in Shadowform.' Cue a round of 'WHAT?' and 'LOLS.' She replies with, 'I am new. I don't know what to do.'
"Suddenly, the shaman, Ganduilvera, says, 'My main is a shadowpriest. I'll help you.' The LOLS stop and as I continue to chain pull ZF, the entire group, all of us, do what we can to coach our poor priest into proper DPS: how to stay in shadowform, the proper rotation, etc. By the end of the run, her DPS improved from 20 to over 100 DPS, she was staying in Shadowform and she was encouraged to continue playing the spec. At the end she was declared 'cured' and thanked us for the help.
"Dear Ganduilvera, thank you for snapping us all out of our elitist 80 mindset and motivating us to help a fellow player (and being an awesome healer while doing so). And thank you to the other members for assisting." (Eniko, <Blacklisted>, US Kirin Tor-H)
Anonymous, US Vengeance-A battlegroup "I know this may not seem like the biggest thing a person could do to be considered 'uber,' but it was a big deal to me. I just freshly turned 80 and was doing random dungeons (regular, of course) when a person in my group from my server noticed I was wearing all level 70-72 gear. He was in full ilvl 232 gear (he was helping 'random newbs out") so he decided to help me get geared. We went from dungeon to dungeon for six hours until I got seven epics from heroics. He put so much time into helping me gear but when I told him I had to go he opened a trade window. I was expecting to have to pay so I asked how much. But instead of me paying him, he gave me 500 gold to help me out. I was astounded. Sadly, I can't remember his name, but if he happens to see this I hope he knows I really appreciate it." (Ninjasammie, US Kul Tiras-A)
Around the WoW communityPunch drunk
We can only imagine the relief Alisabieh
(US The Venture Co.-H) must have felt upon punching through to level 80, after leveling exclusively with the unarmed weapon skill. "This was a fun project character I took up in early September '09 when I was working on getting my paladin the infamous Knuckle Sandwich
achievement," Alisabieh writes. "I knew the going would be brutal due to the dearth of fist weapons in old Azeroth, so I used vendor items when I could, with some +damage enchants from my druid and resources like Wowhead
to help me find what fist weapons I could get from quests or instances. Interrogator Vishas
in the Scarlet Monastery with his Bloody Brass Knuckles
was my own personal whipping boy. (There's an appropriate metaphor.)" He reports he knew he was going to make it to the end when he started seeing green-quality fist weapon drops in Outland.
If you're wondering why players try metaprojects like these, take it from Alisabieh himself: "I feel relief, yes, but more a sense of pride. I had an idea for an interesting roleplaying twist in a game where it's too easy to get completely caught up in the numbers, and I followed through with it. I have to give a lot of credit to my guildmates, who gave me plenty of encouragement and assistance with instance runs, especially the repeated Vishas beatdowns. I hope other people, especially people like me with lots of toons, will look at this character and consider what they can do to put a personal touch on theirs." Sometimes insomnia is a good thing.
"So I was completely stressed out and couldn't sleep," writes Shar
of US Drenden-H. "Naturally, I logged onto WoW
and started working on leveling my little warlock, Shar. As I was grinding away on the quests in Valkyrion, my add-on popped up and alerted me that the Time-Lost Proto Drake
had spawned. Even better, as I took flight in search of it, I discovered it had spawned right next to Valkyrion! I wasted no time in DOTing it up and proceeded to flat-out murder the poor thing. As a result, my 4 a.m. stressed-out leveling turned into a very happy event that gave me a smile I really needed." Check out Shar on her mount, above -- grats! Seeking long-lost guildmates
The former Shirei the pally of EU Alonsus is seeking former guildmates from <The Hand of Argus
>. "I loved it there with all of my little black heart," he writes, "but time was for me to move on, to bigger and better fields. I tried a few months ago to get hold of some them but found nothing. To be honest, all the people I loved and cherished the time I had with left and dispersed. My plea is that you can help me reach out and find these class, fantastic people who put such smiles on my face." Former <The Hand of Argus> members, are you out there? Happy first anniversary
to <Cerulean Sky
> (US Eldre'Thalas-A). "Here's to one more year of wipes, QQ'ing, and pwning n00bs," write members Scourge and Xan. /salute!