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World of Warcraft: Loving the PUG

So, you know those dungeon adventures with random pick-up groups on World of Warcraft that are almost entirely chaotic and run counter to the strict guidelines set down in every strategy guide found on the Internet?

Here’s the thing: I really enjoy those PUGs, ESPECIALLY when things go a little haywire or spiral completely off script. It’s probably sick of me to feel this way, but there’s only cold comfort in pursuing trip after trip through these same old dungeons, following the normal rote tactics, and doing it flawlessly. No doubt, this makes me a bad raider and a questionable dungeoneer – particularly now that the system on WoW is designed for farming emblems to earn better gear so that you can move on to the bigger and better dungeons. Nevertheless, I kind of get a kick out of unhinged situations when a tank fails to hold aggro or someone inadvertently pulls the boss too soon or someone forgets about that bad guy’s Whirlwind ability and forces me to get my butt into gear to pick up the slack after they go down like a sack of hammers.

It’s only when the adventure doesn’t go as planned that I feel challenged and excited about it. Otherwise, it’s just monotonous – lather, rinse, repeat. Give me some unpredictability!

  1. Rarrisaurus
    December 31, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I agree – to a point. There’s a difference between chaotic and unhinged, for example, and being in a PUG in which you wipe REPEATEDLY on the first or second mob because the Tank thinks that they’re the best Tank in the history of Tanking and tries to aggro three or four groups at once, only for everyone to die a horrible death.

    Or in which the Hunter thinks they’re a tank and pulls mobs before the Priest has any mana.

    Or in which the Rogue just CAN’T WAIT and decides they’re going to sap everything in sight.

    Or in which the Mage can’t manage their aggro and dies. A lot.

    So, I think it depends on the quality of the people you’re PUGing with, really. Organized Chaos is fun when people know how to play their class and what their role is, but when you end up with the guy who wants to speed run a Dungeon “becuz tehy can do it in tehn min” and then gets you all killed before swearing at everyone… that’s not fun at all.

    Not fun at all. 🙂

    (Or when you’re stuck with people who are barely reaching the mental age of 12 or something).

    I do like this Dungeon Finder a lot, though. It’s like WoW in the early days again. You can actually take interest in the dungeons that aren’t strictly for end-game levels again.

    • December 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm

      I agree: Repeated stupid party wipes are no fun. But I do like seeing a group get challenged – especially when it forces them to demonstrate how well they know their role.

  2. Rarrisaurus
    December 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    It’s weird how people can be so different too, though. For example, I just attempted Ahn’kahet three times with a PUG.

    The first time (Group A), the Tank pulled seven elites (two groups!) and a bunch of trash mobs. Everyone died. Then we respawned and the Tank died pretty much as soon as he pulled. I left the group before I died along with everyone else.

    The second time (Group B), we got to the first boss and then wiped. The Priest kept going out of Mana, and I – as the DK, now tanking – was the ONLY one with any AoE, so I was expected to try and tank the Boss AND the Elite spawns AND the trash spawn mobs.

    We tried again and the Priest disconnected as soon as we started fighting.

    The third time (Group C) we cleared the Dungeon without a single death, and then the Priest and I went on to do a random Dungeon which turned out to be Drak’theron Keep. We cleared it the first run.

    There were some hairy moments, but those moments are when the GOOD players really shine, and the bad ones… well, you leave the bad ones and try and find another group. Sometimes all it takes are one or two GOOD players to make up for three BAD ones as well… providing the GOOD ones are, like, a decent healer and tank. :3

    Funny moment, though: during the third attempt on Ahn’kahet we had a Hunter named Oly

    The priest tells him, “That’s my favorite movie!”

    The Hunter replies, “I just had a dog named Oly is all.”


  3. Rarrisaurus
    December 31, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    [img src=”http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/2681/olyz.jpg”]

  4. Rarrisaurus
    December 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    (Well, that didn’t work. Internet, you lied to me!)

    But yes: http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/2681/olyz.jpg

  1. December 31, 2009 at 6:08 pm

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