Tonight I ran through the Headless Horseman instance as healer with a random group. I was sat there, healing, and healing, and healing….and wondering why the Horseman wasn’t down yet. And healing. Colt, sat behind me, turned to watch, as it was obvious from the sounds that this was Taking A Long Time. An unnaturally long time, in fact.

Eventually the Horseman went down, and out of curiosity, I examined Recount. My suspicions were correct. The tank had done 28% of the damage, one of the DPS had done 48%, the rogue had done just under 3k DPS and the DK had done just over 3k DPS. I boggled. HOW?! I ended up scrutinising Recount closely, and had a snoop at their armory profiles, and realised that not only had the DK made some appalling choices of equipment, statswise (a lot of intellect and spirit, and a little bit of agility, and they were packing the Mithril Stopwatch), but they weren’t gemmed, enchanted, glyphed in points or taken full advantage of their spec. They had opted for Frost, put all their points bar one in the frost spec, and the other in unholy, and didn’t use disease more than about once in the whole instance. Now I’m not a top notch DK player by any means, but heck, even so….It made me want to weep. The rogue meanwhile was half clothed, did most of their damage using straight auto attack, was missing glyphs and enchants.

It’s the Headless Horseman. It’s not rocket science, it’s not a hard encounter.  And I’m still struggling to work out how people can reach level 85 and NOT KNOW or care about their basics. Suggestions on a postcard, please…



4 Responses to Just….HOW?!

  1. Erinys says:

    That is scary. My resto druid manages about 3k on the fight whilst healing. I’m finding that groups really vary in the length of time it takes though. Had a couple in which the tank topped the dps with 6k and then a couple with everyone bar the tank doing over 12k.

    I think a lot of people just don’t care.

  2. Sephrenya says:

    I think this is a challenge with DKs – when you start already at level 55 (or whatever it is – I forget) you have less time to learn. That coupled with Heirlooms and Guild boosts means that you can so quickly and relatively easily get to 85 and still have no clue about your class.

    That said if you are providing your character with heirlooms you would kind of expect that someone should know about enchants, glyphs and gems.

    Hmmm – makes you wonder though how complete newcomers to the game would find out such things exist. Ponders….

  3. Jason says:

    Any answer except ‘They don’t care about anyone else’ is nothing more than an excuse for inexcusable treatment of other folks and wasting their time. Yes, even someone new to the game since Cataclysm. I’ve played through the entire early game twice at this point, and Blizzard has done an outstanding job in introducing things as you level up, from glyphs to stats to talents.

    Bottom line is exactly like Erinys says; people don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves.

  4. Joe says:

    Could have been worse, you could have had me as a rogue..no wait a rouge even :p

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