Monday, January 4, 2010

Giving a pug the boot.

A handful of AA folks have been pretty crispy and the group that usually puts together totgc last night didn't actually have it go, so with my approval some of them tried ot put together an ICC relaxed pug with the intention of farming rep, and if we felt comfortable with the group, trying to kill the first boss.

So they invited an assortment of players, including two other holy paladins (a recipe for fail). So we got in there and I gave the holy paladins healing assignments. It worked a little something like this:

Paladin 1: Heal tank A - > beacon Tank B
Paladin 2: Heal tank B - > beacon Tank C
Paladin 3: Heal tank C - > beacon Tank A

Tank C was not as well geared as the other tanks so I definitely wanted to put a dedicated healer and beacon on that tank to compensate for the bigger damage.

The idea of doing this was more focused on having it so that none of the tanks should die for any reason on the actual boss, and if one of the paladins (like me) decided to heal off assignment to save someone else at the wrong time, the beacon would act as a safety net. I also wanted to have trusted the responsibility of keeping a key tank up to a certain healer so there was some feeling of personal accountability.

Paladin 3 was a friend of the group and had to run AFK for the first few pulls, he was trying to fix his net or something. He's over in the land down under and was having wild 2k latency.

Paladin 2 wanted to beacon tank B and heal the raid, so deliberately disobeyed and ignored my healing assignment to do that. Of course, I can see that there's only one person with beacon on them instead of two because I have Grid set up to show me this, so it's no secret he's doing this.

So here I am healing A with B beaconed, healing all three tanks plus the raid, including B directly because their health kept dropping wildly. Paladin 2 wasn't keeping beacon up and/or wasn't healing with big heals at the right time.

I'm sitting there running myself out of mana healing eveything and paladin 2 is arguing with me in tells. This went on for some ten or fifteen minutes before I got fed up.

He said that I was telling him to heal badly, and that it shouldn't matter who he beacons, and that the tank I had assigned him to had lower threat due to gear and therefore would be taking less damage. (Actually, they'd have lower threat but also take higher damage as their gear isn't as strong so their mitigation is extra-low. The lower threat just means that they probably will tank less trash.)

After explaining my reasoning, he linked me his meter. Showing him as top heals because healing on trash matters. I told him I didn't care about his meter, and that I was the raid leader and I was giving out healing assignments and if he was unwilling or unable to follow simple directions that perhaps he should take his leave.

Looking at his wow-heroes profile, he seems to be a main spec prot paladin with sub-par holy gear gemmed for spellpower and mana/5 with the occasional spellpower and int gem. He was probably a flash of light holy paladin (which explains why his tank was taking so much damage despite my beacon and his being on his primary target). He's sitting there casting flash of light on the raid. His being 'on top' of the meters despite him not pulling his own weight? He was padding the ever-important meter with Judgement of Light.

He kept arguing at me. I said, "You know what?" and just booted him.

Someone asked in vent why he left and I said point blank, "I booted him. He's spent the last 15 minutes arguing with me about his healing assignment."

He spoke up and tried to argue with me in vent, saying I was telling him to heal stupidly.
I very calmly and very assertively reamed him in vent. I told him that I'm the raid leader (I'm the boss ya hear?) and I gave him a simple healing assignment. That I removed him because he was incapable of following simple directions and wasn't a team player. He then left vent.

No one else left the raid. Several of the pug folks from other guilds were like, "Whoever that angry chick was on vent, will you marry me?" (Totally do not want.) The alt of another raid leader who was rolling as a shadow priest happily switched to heals and filled the vacant spot and we grabbed another DPS.

My raiders who were there were a little shocked. I'm sure there were a few jaws on the floor. They know me for having like this saint-like patience, perhaps even Buddha-like. They rarely get to see me put my foot down in a raid and lay the smack down.

I try not to be aggressive, argumentative, or assertive when leading raids. I politely tell people what they should be doing and they follow it because they want to, not because they're afraid of the raid leader's wrath.

If someone does jump up and down on my very last nerve long enough I am capable of going from zero to bitch in .5 seconds.

We had trouble on the first boss, we had someone go link-dead, the ranged dps wasn't listening (get people off of bone spikes), and I was struggling to keep spiked people up (I'm assigned to heal the tanks, there's a problem there).

We had some accidental trash pulls that turned out pretty messy.
Pro-tip: Don't use mirror image when close to another group, your spawning mirrors may agro them.
Pro-tip: Don't use multi-shot in close quarters to another pull.


1 comment:

  1. I could never lead a pug raid, I have 0 tolerance for stupidity or (believe it or not)prima donnas. I have no problem with meterwhores, I generally just ignore them... though it does let me know who I might have issues with down the road.

    As for the in vent reaming, a good raid leader needs to be able to put people in their place. Sure it's just a game, but some people need a verbal smack down and it's a rl's job to do so.

    Also, I think it was probably a good thing your normal raiders heard it too; they may have been surprised, but I'm guessing they have a bit more respect for ya than they did before.(not that they didn't already)

    And props to your spriest, a good raider adapts to get shit done.

    /wall of text


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