Hunters, I love’em and hate’em

Begin Rant.

Honestly I don’t hate them. Jez from DPS We Deliver is a Hunter, and while I enjoy stirring her about how imba or irritating the class is, I really feel they have a niche spot in the game that is both valuable and enjoyable. Yesterday however was a swear jar day.

The context is over the weekend I spend a bit of time online and burned from 65 to 67 on my death Knight. So when Monday night came up, I thought “you beauty” time to ping level 68. However the universe has a sense of humour, and put a number of players in the environment to make the experience a tad more like a personal growth session.

The Good…

A Hunter last night helped be with a few quests in Nagrand. She and I had an unspoken agreement that our pets would dps and not pull aggro, we’d watch our threat, and I’d tank. For the 35 or so kills it worked a treat, we thanked each other and de-grouped. I saw her moments later at the hand in and we both /waved. Nice really, and a fast way to burn through the Nessangwary kill quests.

The Bad…

Not healing yourself between battles, not having any buffs applied (even the hunter ones), and starting the 2nd last stage of Nagrand Ring of Blood when you have 15% health, and the Druid healer has said he’s taking a bio break. We said wait, he kicked off anyway. We all died, he implied it was his pets fault. I had to ask if his pet accepted the quest, but I think it went over his head. Thankfully the healer didn’t drop group when he returned from the bathroom, and we got it done. Dumb arse, stupid player!

The Ugly…

Two Hunters and my DK doing some of the tough elite demons in Nagrand, all of us level 67. I tanked as best I could, and honnestly when the pets yanked aggro off me (growl?) I just let the stupid animal tank it for a while until its health went to zero. Given I was doing 45% of the damage, its shocking that they were able to, and I don’t know why it happened twice in a row. The second time I even taunted, only to have it taunted back off me. Yawn.

One also gave himself more room mid-fight by walking backwards into a set of mobs, and then later stood directly where the patrol walked, rather than where the other Hunter stood. I swear, these guys should tour the comedy circut.

In conclusion…

Its been said to me that there must be a truckload of bad players on our server, and while I can accept that statistically we may have a higher ass-hat ratio, I can’t really accept that the stats are skewed so far to allow this to continue to this degree for so long.

That, or I have some hell inspired curse that means that any odd, bad, or just plain strange players will gravitate toward the zone I’m in. Like the guy in the Douglas Adams book who was “blessed” to always be in rain. Some of the guys I meet are total wastes of oxygen.

Surely all the idiot players re-rolled Death Knights and are now lol-wat’ting their way through Northrend? I mean unless playing a Hunter is still easier, or creating new macros would bend their reality too much.

End rant.

btw – I’m not the only one to notice this recently.

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2 thoughts on “Hunters, I love’em and hate’em

  1. Don’t you LOVE those days? You find some great folks to run with, and then poof… I’ve always felt bad for Hunters who actually take great care to play their class well, but are still lumped in with all of the players who don’t follow the same playbook. Now DK’s are starting to get the same reputation as a lot of folks are rolling the class but aren’t really taking the time to play it well. Hopefully the novelty will wear off soon.

  2. Given I was playing a Death Knight, somebody else could be forgiven for thinking that I’m also one of the 1000s of fly-by-night DKs.

    A few of the DKs I’ve grouped with were really bad performers. They were doing about half the damage I was, and I was lost trying to figure out what they were doing wrong. Oh well.

    After writing I felt a little guilty, as I really didn’t intend to bash the Hunters that hard. I am sure its just that I am sensitive to their mistakes in particular.

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