I have given in to the temptation. As you can see from the screenshots below, I could not help myself and went ahead and got my Celestial Steed today. By the way, the title ‘the Patient’ is there for a reason, i’ve been in a virtual queue for 4 hours during which I could do nothing else but check back every 10 minutes to see how long till I get to fork over 20 Euro.
Couldn’t find a good angle and cba to pose a lot.
(A lot of personal views on the state of the game and self-characterization follows so if you don’t feel like reading it scroll down a couple of paragraphs.)
I’m not so happy about this, either. I had a sort of solemn (not so much it seems) vow that I will not buy anything other than game time and maybe the books (just had the trilogy delivered the other day but not from Blizzard coz they were frickin’ sold out and have been for the last year from what I checked. Wonder why they still have them listed in the store if they’re never gonna bring’em back). And an authenticator, which I proudly wear at the key-chain because I just don’t give a big enough fuck as to how that would make me look. I don’t meet that many new people in my day-to-day activities and generally don’t care how I come off. I’m that overly ironical, overly critical, never-keeps-his-mouth-shut-and-doesn’t-know-when-to-stop-joking type of a fella and I will plain out feel and look disgusted with people if at a first glance they don’t seem worthy of my time. I will give them a second chance if the first one didn’t go that well but i’ll do that with a scornful look and little patience. This plays over in game as well. If the first time you raid with me and don’t do your job and have the audacity to comment on others’ performance given yours is lacking seriously I can guarantee that I would rather PuG your class instead of bringing you along again for a raid. Keyword RAID.
I will, under certain circumstances, run a dungeon with you and if you show me signs that you’ve improved I’ll dish out an invite or put in a meh word with the RL if that’s not me. But enough about me, let’s talk about me. As an Elemental Shaman I am very unforgiving towards my kin that do not perform. I will /w advice and try guiding you towards the light at first. I take purging as a must, by the way, and throwing down a Grounding Totem will go a long way to convince me that you know your biz. I rarely do it myself because it’s bound to a key I can hardly reach but can’t afford changing that sadly.
Now there is a point in me writing all of this. I am elitist in intention, I expect myself and others around me to live up to the fullest capabilities of the class. Does that happen? More than often not and I sometimes, while smoking and holding the cigarette in my right hand, move the fingers of my left hand where they should have been going that one time that they did not. I’m trying to imprint the action into my muscular memory, if that makes any sense. I get crazy mad when I see people failing over and over again. While I know I am not hardcore and probably never will be, I still get mad. That does not me a dick make, though, by the way, I bottle it up and vent to my IRL drood buddy face to face or over the phone. I see the same behavior in people that I meet for the first time in a PuG and they just melt down on the poor bastard that kept Crusader Aura on during a boss fight or something like that.
The closer we are to the end of the expansion the more elitist people around me get. I was definitely not like that during the first months or when I switched from PvP only to PvE only. I blame it on mental fatigue and burnout. People have a much lower tolerance to failing, i find. And that translates into swearing and other people, those on the receiving end, are reacting and soon /p or /raid is just filled with nasty stuff. Would you group with an Enhancement Shaman that’s using a 2H? Never! That’s how I leveled 70-80 because I didn’t know better back then. The ax was my only blue item when I got it that was not PvP Resto gear. I know i wouldn’t group with me back then! But the players I met then were very open about this and they said nothing, allowing me to be happy in my stupidity. And by personal experience I learned that Enhancement needs 2 x slow 1H. I still find it difficult to play Enhancement, like I did back then but over the time I have come to a more ample understanding of the class and its mechanics. Do I know at what exact point is gemming for Agility better than gemming for AP? No. Do I know the rotation, or more like priorities? You bet your ass I do! That’s the learning curve.
Many still have a ways to go to the top but in the current player state of mind very few still encourage others to learn. They all want it like NAO! That’s why stupid GS requirements are asked for joining a Naxx PuG or an achieve for something everybody and their dead nanny has done (ToC10). If I were to step in the game as it is today I’m not sure I would continue based on this alone. Or if I did I’d move to a RP server, where I could go about my business (huge lore nerd here) and not be constantly harassed. If I see that I’m not performing I will improve because I bloody well want to and not because some moron yells at me. True, the raid’s $ > my $ paid but if I know that I’m not doing so great I wouldn’t raid.
*** All the while I was waiting to be able to finalize the purchase the stock was listed steady at 48%. From screenshots I have seen posted of the same page, it seems it was ALWAYS at 48% -.- Way to go Blizz marketing team!
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