Cataclysm is here, and I’ve had some time to level, play some battle grounds and finish some dailies, mostly those in Tol’Barad. The majority of Cataclysm does seem to be more challenging than what we were used to from previous expansions, but it hasn’t been anything I can’t handle, and I have enjoyed it for the most part. The problem with content being challenging is that players seem to have reacted to it completely the oppisite way as to what I would have thought.
WoW is tough for a “nice” player. We pass on loot that we may want, but that someone else in the group is more entitled to, but always get gear taken from us by someone wanting it for an off-spec. We see someone fighting at a node we were about to mine/pick, so we wait until we see whether they wanted it as they were there first, but always seem to lose our nodes to others who aren’t so courteous. We see a dead body, we stop what we’re doing to throw them a rez, but they can never be bothered to even type “/ty”. We see someone overwhelmed by mobs and about to meet the spirit healer, so we try our best to save them.
It’s not something I think about or even a conscious decision really, it’s just how I have always played. The horrible thing is that after playing through Cataclysm for a couple weeks, I find I am now constantly having to reminding myself not to be so nice. I’ll explain why.
It seems that quite a few players have decided they are so self serving and care so little for the other players of the game, that they will not only refrain from thanking me for healing them when they were about to die, they will pull as many mobs as possible, tag them, and then dump agro so I am forced to kill them all for that player while they go about questing in the area. They are very aware of what they are doing as they then come loot the mobs. Either that or I stop what I’m doing to heal someone who is overwhelmed, and burn through my mana saving them, only to have them run past me to steal a quest item or mob while I drink.
I’ll just quickly mention the time I spent in the Crucible of Carnage as well. I went there with a guildie when I was already 85 to check it out. We had a group and eventually fought through the mob of players to accept and finish all the quest bosses. As soon as we were done, two of the other members asked if we could just do it again quickly for their guild mate. We agreed because it hadn’t taken that long and we like to help out when we can. The girl who joined was horrible. She never got to click the quest giver in time, so we had to wait through two other groups first. Then she’d release when we killed a boss so we had to do a few of them over again. By that time everyone else had left the ring, and so our group started wiping. Anyway, we spent over an hour in that ring (also missing Deathwing who hit the zone, but no achievement for those in the ring) we had decent sized repair bills, and it was apparent we weren’t going to be able to finish it. We wasted a whole hour at the beginning of the expansion helping some random girl attempt to finish this thing, and what does she say when we all finally give up? Something along the lines of, “screw this, I don’t even want to finish these quests anymore!”
No, “thank you guys for wasting so much of your time for me”, she just drops group. Her one guild mate thanked us, but the ungrateful Night Elf’s damage had been done. I felt sick, and actually couldn’t play WoW anymore that night.
It’s crazy! I have actually died more attempting to help people in this expansion than I have questing! I can’t believe how happy others are to take advantage of someone just trying to be nice! Out of at least 100 players I have healed or helped in some way since Cataclysm’s release, I remember exactly how many people took the time to say thank you. Two! And one of those was actually in PvP. A hunter who I healed thanked me for not letting him die, and I wasn’t even going out of my way to help him, I was the healer, so I was healing. The other person who said thank you was a Deathknight who was doing the Uldum quest to kill the Colossus. I came across him when I was working on Archaeology and he was so close to dying that a ret pally heal wouldn’t have saved him, so I used my Lay on Hands. He killed off the Colossus as I was just finishing the dig site, and he whispered me and thanked me and asked if I needed help with that quest. I didn’t, so he thanked me again and we went our separate ways.
I like helping others. I feel like if you have a heal, and someone near you is about to die, you should use it. It makes me feel good when I can save someone a corpse run and repair bill, and even better when they actually acknowledge me for it. However I don’t like being taken advantage of. It is really starting to suck the enjoyment of the expansion for me already, and we’re only a few weeks in! I am loving my guild, and I think they might be the only thing keeping me going, but I’m trying to avoid just closing myself off to all players who aren’t in my guild, like so many others seem to do. I’m starting to wonder if that’s the only way for a “nice” player to survive in WoW these days though.
Have any of you other “nice” players noticed a huge spike in the amount of fellow players happy to take advantage of you? Do you ever get thanked for helping out? Have you experienced similar jerk-player horror stories since the release of Cataclysm? And how can we fix this!?