Ah, your first time, I'm sure we all remember it well. For some, it was over before it began, for others, it was a long and hard struggle. One that was filled with high blood pressure, screaming, confusion, and occasionally alcohol. Afterwards, we would usually seek friends to console in, or post about it on the internet. Sometimes others that were involved with it will offer words of comfort and support while others laugh and mock your attempts. I would like to share with yous, my first time
I love you.
my first time dealing with an elitist
Well I could have just as easily been that elitist!
But really, if it's your first time and you downed demonwall on your second try, I'd be very impressed.
Funny story: I actually had a bunch of level-headed legacy players there on my first AK run. I caused a wipe on that last boss at least 4 times. I apologized and thanked them for having the patience to teach me. They were cool. Everything went ok. We succeeded and I left the dungeon after we killed the final boss on the 5th attempt with more knowledge that I can now impart on other players I run into.
I have chat logs upon chat logs of elitist asshat conversations if you'd like to view them. I think I actually recorded one where we were doing Garuda HM and one of the tanks was new. I posted it here a while ago but here's what you get to look forward to:
Edit: I shrunk the chatlog so it's easier to read: http://i.imgur.com/umRV3aQ.jpg
That run inspired this piece of art, by the way: http://i.imgur.com/HOgu6BF.png
Now let me share another story with you...
I just completed an AK run right before maintenance began. Similar setup: PLD SCH BLM BRD. Everyone knows what they're doing. We go through the first area easily. The PLD tells me to go all out due to time constraint and I happily comply.
We get to the area after the first boss. We were talking about what mobs in AK could be slept and not slept so that the PLD, who really liked marking, could use an appropriate kill order that maximized sleep. Really, sleep isn't needed for this dungeon: just a nice benefit.
So I tell the PLD that I'll wait till he gets off circle of scorn before I cast sleep so that the initial damage will land but the DoT won't wake the slept mobs. The ability reads as such: Circle of Scorn
GLA PLD Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all nearby enemies.
Additional Effect: Damage over time.
The underlined part is pretty important.
The BRD assures me that sleep doesn't work on mobs that have been DoT'd and proceeded to tell the paladin to not use circle of scorn to initially gain aggro before I slept the mobs.
OK. That's cool. If you want to be ignorant of game mechanics, I'll let it slide as long as wipes aren't happening due to said ignorance. We proceed as planned (we're in a rush here...entered about 6:20 PM EST), get past the first two bosses, down the trash before final boss with no problems except one. You know the succubi? The ones that don't link at all if pulled separately? Well, the BRD is like, "Yeah, let me pull the succubi separately." So we proceed to do so for the first two. I say 'we' when I mean the paladin grouped everything up on the first one and I scathed the second one to drag it all the way to us from the other side. You know: the side with about two packs of mobs in between.
On the last one (the one that likes to sit in the pack of mobs), the BRD goes to pull it and aggros everything because he gets too near the other mobs. He goes, "Well, I guess they changed that and she links now."
Now it's a possibility that I could be wrong. I've only run this dungeon one metric asston of times. But, when someone starts making excuses for their death by blaming game mechanics (that they do not seem to understand), it pushes my buttons. I told him, "No. She doesn't link. Period".
He says, "Yes she does that's why you saw all those yellow marks on me." I tell him it's cool if he wants to spread misinformation about sleep but when it comes to blaming game mechanics that you don't understand for your own death, the spread of misinformation stops there.
He then starts to question my progress in the game. Something like, "Yeah, all my Titan groups are full of noobs like you." I tell him to stop judging my progress and, instead, tell him to look at his own. He's using Garuda's bow. I'm using a relic weapon that requires Titan's death.
After this, he predictably goes for the other facet: real life. "I bet you never get laid." he says. I tell him my boyfriend doesn't seem to have any complaints so I don't think that's the case.
This kind of conversation proceeds into the final boss fight. We're doing fine. We get him to around 10%. At one point, the BRD starts lobbing careless insults at me so I say: "What? You aren't going to go for the 3rd obvious facet, education?" and he proceeds to type. So, an orb plops right on him during his time typing and guess what happens? He doesn't move. We wipe.
At this point, he has little room to talk. I've demonstrated my point. Problem solved, right? Actually only sort of. The PLD and SCH ask if it was their fault for the wipe. Both the BRD and I tell them both no, they did great. Neither the BRD or I place blame on each other yet he still didn't accept responsibility for the wipe.
I ask him, after we downed it, "What? No game mechanic excuses for the wipe?" and proceed to leave the dungeon, logging out with more tomes of mythology than I had logged in with.
I was probably a little overzealous but, if you read the Garuda HM chat logs I posted, you'd see that things only get worse from here on out. You need some thick skin and a way to quell any and all elitist drivel the minute it starts to appear. This involves looking players up on the community website, running parses, etc. Just find some proof that the elitist @#%^ in question is not as top notch as he thinks.
Guarantee you that it will defuse the situation in a matter of seconds. Just make sure to only comment on these things if someone starts to pipe up. Otherwise, tell everyone they're wonderful human beings and have a good time. Edited, Sep 19th 2013 8:48pm by HitomeOfBismarck