When I ask myself what I am, I can answer that quite easily.
I am a Hunter.
Am I good? Heck yes I am. I’m a top quality hunter, I know what I am doing, and I know a lot about my class. Anyone who has played with me can see that all of this is true.
Most people don’t see this however. Last night, I ran 3 things: Vault of Archavon, Old Kingdom, and Violet Hold.
The Vault went incredibly well for me, and I topped the meters as a beastmaster.
I only did 3.1k DPS, but this was off of Archavon alone. Archavon isn’t kind towards pets because of the Cloud and the miss chance, so I’m surprised I did this well. Either way, this is very washy but nonetheless effective proof that I don’t totally suck.
So I move on to my Old Kingdom run. Our group seems okay, and we move out. Turns out the tank doesn’t exactly know how it goes down, and we quickly find out that the priest is a bit high strung. After wiping once due to something avoidable, he’s okay. After wiping to a glitch, he snaps.
“It’s 10 gold every time we wipe. So don’t wipe!” or something to that effect.
I am in worse gear. My repair bill is 12 gold every time I die. He is in cloth. He needs to be quiet.
So, we continue the run, him arguing that he is annoyed at wiping, and me saying that’s it’s not the end of the world. I can understand being frustrated, but you don’t voice it like a whiny brat. That only affects the group negatively.
We get to Anub’Arak and we wipe on him because the melee forgot that pound kills players. When we get back to the boss fight, I ask for the paladins to buff my pet. It’s at this point that our pries decides to really go for me.
“Oh, beastmaster. That explains everything.”
I’m a little angry at this point. What the hell does that explain?
“It explains why you suck.” He says. He then goes on to demonstrate just how much I suck by talking about how, since my talent tree is sub par, I am a worse player for playing it. I am by definition a “bad player”. This attitude angers me; I hate being told I “suck” or that I’m bad at something when I know I am good at it.
Thing is, I know I’m a good hunter. I know I’m a good player. But what he sees is a hunter with a penchant for picking a spec that sucks. Can I really blame him for thinking that I suck? At first, I’d like to think so. The guy is shortsighted, oblivious, and really stuck up; but he’s got a point. I’m not doing as much DPS as the guy next to me. My Marksmen brethren are doing more DPS, and are therefore “better” than I am. That makes sense to me, and it kind of hurts. I technically do suck compared to those other hunters.
You know what though? I don’t care. Unless my DPS is actually killing the group and 400 DPS is going to save the day, forget it. I play this game to have fun. Beastmastery is fun. Ergo, screw you you ninny, I’m going to go big and red if I feel like it. I pay $15 bucks a month to play this game, and I’m going to enjoy it.
Next time I see you, by the way, I am misdirecting the nearest boss to your face.
So, I ran a quick Violet Hold to get that off my mind. On Cyanigosa, I managed a whopping 4k DPS. See, that’s called awesome.
Some people never learn though.
So what are you? Do you look at people and see how good they are by their skill or their spec, and which do you think is more accurate?