I coordinate the Sunday 10 man ICC runs. Last Sunday, we had a bit of a shakey start, but once we were off, we were off. Despite only having half of our normal group (and one of those who were helping us out claimed that he’d never been in ICC before), we were rocking the place.
Things were going great, but we noticed some strange things… At one point, Stinky dropped aggro on the tank and charged our mage.
Raid: Watch your aggro!
Mage: I was nowhere on the aggro list!
Tank: He wasn’t near me at all on the aggro list, this doesn’t make sense.
Me: Mages just have a secret taunt button.
Raid: You know, a real mage would have iceblocked.
We shrugged it off as a freak event, and moved on. Then Rotface did something similar, gobbling down our enhancement shammy and our poor mage in the process.
Rotface Tank: I somehow lost aggro, I don’t get it. It doesn’t make any sense.
Great, we thought, a bugged instance. We ended up calling a wipe and trying again.
Sure enough, it happened again. Our mage had learned his lesson by then and iceblocked, so only on the shaman was sacrificed.
It was then that our Rotface tank figured out the problem. “It’s like I’m bopped, she said, I can’t attack or anything!”
In our guild language, “bop” is the word for Hand of Protection. Quickly, I look for a pally to blame.
No other pallies in the raid.
I check my bop.
Sure enough, on cooldown, the timing coinciding exactly with the aggro reset. I was shocked. I must have hit the wrong button. But it didn’t make sense. I’ve had the same key binding for years and I’ve never hit it by accident.
Then it dawned on me: my key binding for bop is ctrl + right mouse button.
Ctrl = vent press-to-talk
Right mouse button = Holy Light
Speaking on vent and trying to heal causes me to bop the tank.
It had never been in a problem in the past because I don’t usually speak on vent. That night was different because I was leading and, due to some earlier events that evening, was feeling more outspoken than usual. Plus, I usually tank while I’m leading, so I don’t typically find myself casting Holy Light.
In my past guild, the first time I spoke on vent, we wiped. It was just coincidence, but I gained a reputation for wiping the raid when I speak. I guess it’s sort of a curse. Years later, I am still wiping the raid when I speak.
Anyway, for our final (and successful) Rotface attempt, I put bop on cooldown before the pull, then halfway through the fight, just to be safe. I did cast it by accident on a tank later on that night, but thankfully there was no wipe involved.
But I guess it’s time I start revamping my spell bindings.