I get a guest poster, yay!
You may have stuck around Tuesday and watched the face off between two of my readers in the comments section. If you did not, I suggest you go read them before reading this post.
Dark/Soth is one of my guild members and apparently is an elitist. Actually, I’m pretty sure he’s an elitist. =P
Anyway, I offered him some space to detail his thoughts about the whole thing and his post is going to tie in very nicely with a series I have planned for next week. No post on Friday, you’ll all be too hung over to read it anyway.
So without further ado, I introduce Dark/Soth:
Arioch has been badgering me to contribute something to her blog for a while now, and the recent discussion (argument?) with Koalabear21 from DotsandHots provided the perfect topic for me to talk about.
First, a little bit about me. I play a mage and a deathknight in Shadow Rising on Drak’Tharon. Dark/Soth is a combination of those two characters’ names. Feel free to look me up on the Armory. I highly doubt you will be impressed. Also, you won’t have to worry about me moving in here like Megan and Jong or Zaboo/Codex, but if invited back, I may drop in from time to time.
Alright, with the brief introduction out of the way, let’s get into what exactly an elitist is. In my opinion, an elitist is someone who min-maxes in every way, has every talent point perfectly applied to maximize efficiency, puts out near maximum dps for his gear and the content, and expects the same out of everyone else. In addition, elitists are typically jerks and think they are better than everyone. This is what I think an elitist is.
However, lately I am getting the impression that the bar for the elitist label has been significantly moved up, and now applies to anyone who expects people to perform slightly above average and takes issue with those that don’t. Or, to put it another way, an elitist is someone who expects people to perform at 60% of maximum potential.
A while back, I shared a story in the comments on one of Arioch’s posts of an experience I had with an enhancement shaman who had just dinged 80. This guy had 4-5 BoE level 80 epics, perfect spec, perfect gems, and all his gear was properly enchanted. He was able to put out 3200 dps on 10-man Sartharion. I was really impressed. When I talked to him about it, he linked me his achievement with the date and told me that before he got to 80, he had been doing level 78-80 normals, and had sought out the best BoEs he could so he’d be ready when he dinged 80. If I labeled his 3200 dps as maximum potential for a fresh level 80, even though I’m sure someone out there could get BiS gear and probably do more than that, 60% of “maximum potential” is 1920 dps.
The gist of my argument in the discussion I had with Koalabear21 is that a fresh 80 should be doing 2k dps, especially in heroics, or they should go back to lower leveled content. Koalabear feels that level of performance is above average, and is an unfair expectation of a fresh 80. I disagree. I think people pulling under that 60% of “maximum potential” in heroics are being carried, and if that opinion makes me an elitist, so be it.
DPS is not hard. It really isn’t. There are several sources all over the internet where you can find tips and guides to DPS. Elitist Jerks (I guess I am one) is a great site, with lengthy guides to nearly every class and spec out there. If you frequent a lot of blogs, which I’m assuming you do since you are reading this, I’m sure you are aware of blogs like Critical QQ for mages or Skeletonjack.com for DKs with lots of information to improve your game. I’m sure there are others out there for every class. You really do owe it to yourself and your potential group mates to improve your performance and carry your own weight. Not everyone, most definitely not me, wants to carry you to T9 gear.
So, agree? Disagree?
Homework assignment for the weekend!
Go pug, varying levels if you can, and report back what kind of damage you’re seeing. Be sure to note what the instance was, the level of the player, class, and any extenuating circumstances. Next week we’ll be looking at what average really is in the game world so we need lots of empirical data. Post your results here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.