Over the weekend and even in to Monday, some of our group and I have been alt hopping. For fun, and curiosity, I started leveling my Priest Syiah. Even messed around with Disc which is finally starting to make some sense to me again. (I haven’t been disc since Wrath of the Lich King!) Turns out Qale has a Shaman at her level so we started running some dungeons.
Then there are our little lowbie Horde Alts. There’s four or five of us all around the same level so we ran a bunch of dungeons there.
There was a common theme that really kept ticking us off while we were playing these alts. How people treat tanks (and healers.)
It’s funny, how DPS has these longer queues because there just aren’t enough tanks and healers to match pace with the surplus of DPS, but they are the first to complain about tanks and healers. If a tank isn’t up to snuff, they’ll make their life a living hell.
This weekend, I’ve seen DPS pull mobs before the tank or mobs the tank didn’t pull then complain that the tank can’t holding aggro. There’s been prolific profanity about the tank. I’ve seen the tank go in for one mob while two DPS run in opposite directions and attack other things then complain that they have aggro. And when we reach the end of the dungeon, proceed to cuss out the tank.
All of the above actually happened in one group where they tank said at the very beginning “This is my first time tanking, so just give me a moment.”
Apparently, that was a green light for the DPS to be a dick and do the above.
With the boost to 90, it really isn’t that far fetched for some of these lower levels to actually be new players. Or players trying out a new class because they want to try tanking or healer.
Doing the above, that is a sure fire way to make sure we don’t have new people stepping in to those roles. Who wants to deal with that? Better yet, how can new people learn a class when people are so apt to either do it for them or not let them try at all because their lack of experience means they automatically suck?
Hell, I sucked at healing and tanking the first few times. Thankfully, I had a couple of friends that wouldn’t let me give up and would stop when I needed mana after every pull when I didn’t have the gear to keep healing.
Seriously though, DPS, put yourself in their shoes for a bit. Read Instance Chat. And don’t be a dick.