Coping Methods 101
As I’ve been QQing a lot about lately, my summer job has taken over my life and 12 hours away from home every day means I usually don’t get back in time for the raid. You know how bloggers left and right are talking about end of expansion burnout and how they’re desperately looking for motivation to play? Well, that’s not me.
These days, I hate anyone who’s unemployed, anyone who’s ever bored (whatever that word means!) and, most especially, anyone who takes their raid spot for granted.
I’ve been going through all the coping methods imaginable. I’ve been listening in on vent when I’m able to catch the tail of raids (I actually bawled my eyes out when they killed H Putricide 25 for the first time without me). World of Logs has taken over as my bedside novel. I check the guild forums obsessively when I’m home and awake (which is a whole hour a day, usually).
Then last Tuesday, a miracle happened and I got a day off. I was thrilled. Until I logged on to find out that the raid was already full. Must…not…rage…disconnect…must…not…rage…disconnect…
But some people got shuffled around so I could get spot. I sighed with relief. I know the mature, altruistic thing to do would be to bow out since I’m not a regular raider anymore, but to hell with being mature and altruistic. I rarely complain over loot, I try hard to keep my arguing to a minimum and I’m relatively polite, most of the time. When it comes to my raid spot, though, I’m as selfish as it gets. So I happily zone in.
Then my computer proceeded to vomit all over me.
And when I managed to get back into the game, my computer proceeded to vomit all over me again.
I accepted to leave the raid. I couldn’t contain my furor so I did what I always do at times like that:
I went and spent a lot of money.
Yeah, that’s right.
I dug through my collection of ret gear and got a set together. My bags, I swear, could be featured on that TLC show, Buried Alive. My set is actually pretty decent for someone who hasn’t played retribution since Naxx.
I plugged in some strength gems, slapped on a few enchants and I was good to go.
I figured I’d start with something easy… There was a Mount Hyjal pug in trade chat…
I’m proud to say that I outdpsed the level 70s! Don’t rain on my parade, friends. And no, I didn’t screenshot the recount to prove it.
You’d think that having a decent tanking background would help with melee dps, but let me tell, it doesn’t. When you’re tanking, the mobs kinda stand on top of you. If you move, they follow you around. Not so much when you’re dpsing.
And I kept getting these weird error messages “Out of range” and “Target must be in front of you“. What is THAT supposed to mean?
Still, I stuck in there and moved my way up to level 80 heroics.
That’s me on top there. And I’m happy to announce that my retribution dps is slightly above my tank dps.
Now if only I could get over the knee-jerk reflex of hitting my healing buttons whenever I take damage…