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Breakfast Topic: After you gank, do you rub it in?

Marc Hobbs

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It's happened to each of us at least once, if not dozens or hundreds of times. You're wandering the wilds of Stranglethorn (or the dark glens of Duskwood, or the rusty ridges of Hellfire Peninsula, or even the hot sands of Uldum) when suddenly, your character locks up. You hear the sound of blades or magic, and immediately a sickening realization hits you: You're being ganked.

In seconds, you're dead. Perhaps you sigh. Perhaps you swear. Perhaps you were in the other room getting a drink. Regardless, the view before you now is your corpse with an enemy player standing over it, triumphant.

But then this happens: G4nkst4r laughs at you. G4nkst4r spits on you. G4nkst4r brushes up against you and farts loudly.

Then, in all caps: "Y O U L O S E."

Taunting enemy players is a practice that's been around as long as WoW itself. Some players make the kill and leave, content that slaying their enemy is enough. Others stay -- to camp, to jeer, to make lewd gestures, to teabag. The option to make fun of your slain opponent is available to all, but not everyone does it. It's a controversial topic with fierce proponents on both sides.

Should you tease your foe after you've killed him? Are there any special conditions surrounding when you should do so (your enemy was caught by surprise, he had friends with him, he's much lower/higher-level, etc.)? Do you rub it in -- and why, or why not? Do you think taunting enemy players is a malicious act, or do you see it as justified?

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