I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s a website that’s throwing red flags at all the WoW scum out there. I discovered it through a blog at Project Lore, and it got me thinking about all the jerks I’ve come across during my WoW career.
Their website is pretty exclusive. My list isn’t nearly as exclusive. It won’t also put your name out there for the masses to jeer at, either, though. It’s a chance at redemption.
How to be /ignored in 5 Easy Steps
1. Ninja something. You really don’t even have to do this well for it to work. In a Heroic ToC 5-man a couple of weeks ago, a feral druid ninja’ed a caster item, needing it over the healer and then immediately logging out. He failed. He logged out before making sure his bags weren’t too full for the item. Everyone in the group had a good /facepalm moment over this one, and he’s been blacklisted by everyone in that group and all who knew of the failed ninja.
2. Kick people needlessly. There’s a warrior on my server right now who is on my number 1 most unwanted list. He seemed a little off at the beginning of the group, but that happens sometimes. He seemed noobish, and I figured he was probably just a new 80. People don’t always come across well when they’re in the midst of putting a group together. I came in on Amber as the tank. The healer, a paladin who’d been on my questionable list since an epically failed Botanica run back in the day, dc’d and stayed offline for 10 minutes. The warrior invited a DPS. The DPSer got to the instance, and the druid asked, “who’s healing?” The warrior replies, “You are.” So the druid switched to her dual spec. She drank to get her mana back, flipped into tree form, and then bam–kicked from the group. No warning. Three seconds later, the DC’d paladin joined our group. And they couldn’t figure out why I didn’t want to tank for them.
3. Blame it on the lag. I agree, lag is an issue. I’ve had fights where my framerate dropped to 4 fps and it can certainly mess you up. But c’mon. Lag didn’t make you target the wrong mob. It didn’t make you run left instead of right. Owning up to your mistakes is a lot classier than blaming it on lag. (And if your lag is really that bad, you should warn your party members ahead of time, be especially cautious about fights that take movement, and consider upgrading your hardware!). People who fail repeatedly (moonkin hitting the boss with a staff? Why?) make it to my watch list. People who fail repeatedly and don’t take responsibility for it (sorry, lag), or worse, blame others (you should’ve warned me!), get ignored.
4. Pretend you’re a tank. This actually happened to me on my paladin today, but it’s not the first time. Sometimes tanks are slow. They ask “ready?” before every pull or take forever figuring out what they’re marking. It can be annoying sometimes, but the thing to do is to just grin and bear it. Better a cautious tank than 15 wipes, in my opinion. Surprisingly, this wasn’t the case today. I don’t like slow tanks, so now that I’m a little more comfortable with it (I’m still a noob, but I’ve gotten pretty good at handling any chaos that comes from my noobness), I chain pull. Not fast enough for the shaman in my group, though, who decided to go ahead and lightning bolt everything in sight, regardless of what the tank and healer were doing. Don’t do this. If you want to move at your own speed, roll a tank, or don’t PuG.
5. Just be annoying. This may sound vague, but it has to be, or this list would reach into the thousands. Make sure you always take the least popular side in a Trade fiasco. Advise everyone in your party about how they should be using their abilities, and infer that you could certainly play their class better. Whine incessantly about how the gear you want never drops. Link the damage meter after every pull. See? The list goes on and on. There are lots of people who made it to my Ignore list just for being unbearable to be around.
Live long, and stay off people’s ignore lists.
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