I think it could be pretty easily argued that some of the worst behavior in WoW shows it’s ugly face in leveling dungeons. You have the dps who pull rooms before the tank, the tank that constantly LoSs the healer and the healer who hurls abuse at the rest of the group. And a million other scenarios. Sure, there are good apples in the barrel but there’s no denying the toxicity of some groups. I’ve been in heroic Hellfire Citadel pugs with less blaming than leveling dungeon groups.
Like I’ve touched on before, I’m a pretty fast tank. I’ll run a dungeon in 5 minutes if the healer can keep up. But that’s the catch- I go as fast as the healer is capable. If the healer can’t heal me through all of that damage, I slow down. Unfortunately, when I slow down for the healer is about when the dps start pulling even faster.
You pull it, you tank it. If you’re going to run into a room when I as the tank am waaaaay far back, you can go ahead and take all those mobs down yourself. Typically, I whisper the healer to not heal the offending dps, and I move past to pick up a different group. If the dps lives, good for them, hopefully they won’t do it again. If they don’t make it, too bad so sad, I pick up the adds and continue on. I understand wanting to go fast but I’m not going to pull any faster than what the healer can manage. I don’t go slow. There’s really no reason to pull for me, I’ve got plenty of ranged pull mechanics.
So the other day, I was chain running a bunch of leveling dungeons with a good friend from my guild, Vall. I was tanking on my druid and Vall was healing on a mistweaver monk. Vall’s a pretty good healer but he and I both know that mistweaver isn’t very strong while leveling. Thus, I couldn’t pull everything at once- I needed to be more controlled with my pulls to make sure I wasn’t taking too much damage.
We zoned on into Dire Maul West and I right away began to pull trash. The group was pretty silent but that was nothing out of the ordinary. We worked our way through the dungeon, eventually getting to room with all the spirits in it. At that point, one of the dps, a mage, decided I wasn’t pulling fast enough for his tastes. He blinked ahead and proceeded to body pull a large group of mobs. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and picked up the mobs as Vall healed him up to full again. But then the mage did it again.
This time, I was a lot less merciful. I sent Vall a quick tell to not heal the mage and pulled a different pack of mobs. Being a mage, the guy went down very quickly. I picked up those adds and the rest of us quickly burned them down. Vall rezzed the mage, and we continued on. Chat was still silent at this point.
We got upstairs and the mage, I guess he was just thick-skulled or something, proceeds to pull again. He managed to survive this group but Vall stopped healing him entirely. We finished up downstairs and jumped down to the tree boss. Then after killing him, we moved to the most interesting part of the run.
You know that big circular room in Dire Maul with the elementals all around and the demon boss in the middle protected by a blue energy wall? As a tank, its one of my least favorite rooms. The adds are spread out and they run from all directions so it’s a touch difficult to make sure I’ve got all of them gathered. It’s one of those rooms where the group is best to stick together so we can finish it all as quickly as possible.
The mage was having none of that. Again, he blinks forward and pulls a whole big pack of storm elementals. They smash his face in. The rest of the group and I continue on and the mage starts his long run back. But for the first time, he finally speaks up in chat.
“Faster this way” he explains, despite the fact that we were heading the same direction he was.
Vall responsed “Not when you die”. And he’s got a point.
At this point, the mage totally loses it. I’ll just let you all read the chat as it happened, but let me tell you, it was wild.
This, my friends, is how you out-troll a troll. I’ve seen trolls handled before, but never have I seen it done so masterfully. I was DYING at the end of the dungeon. I haven’t laughed so hard in a very long time. Mad, mad props to Vall. That was beautiful.
Once the mage left the instance, the rest of the dps piped up and agreed that the mage had been way out of line. We were all rather shocked by how angry he managed to make himself. But Vall’s responses had turned a potentially stressful situation into one that was humorous for all (except the mage).
I guess I was a little unfair to the mage in that I didn’t warn him in chat about pulling before me. I (wrongly) assumed that it was a well known rule that the tanks set the pace and pull the mobs. But really, given his explosion of vitriol at Vall’s calm responses, I doubt that it would have made a difference.
The lesson I learned that day was two-fold. Firstly, trolls can’t handle people telling them they are right. They just can’t. Something inside of them breaks. The next time I encounter an abusive player like that, I think I’m going to try the Vall method. Tell them they are right. Agree with them. And watch them blow up in frustration and confusion.
The other lesson was that I should never get on Vall’s bad side.