Tolerance vs. Toxicity

I finally did it. I snapped in an M+. I finally hit the point where I told someone to F#@% Off. The rest of the group joined me in telling the fool that he was a toxic piece of crap. You cannot berate people in a dungeon because things are not going your way. Especially when you’re just as much to blame for some of the pulls going sideways.

It was a Necrotic Wake +16 (Tyrannical / Inspiring / Quaking / Encrypted). Tank initially seemed pretty chill. Group was Monk tank (toxic POS), Druid heals (me), MM hunter (a guildie of mine), Fury Warrior (funnily enough a random pug that turned out to be a long lost friend of the hunter), and a Boomie druid (random pug).

We had at least 1 wipe on every boss. Each due to an oops by any of one or more of us in the group. For the record, I owned every mistake I made (the first one being I forgot to double check my gear before the key was placed and ran with my boomie leggo rather than healing). I’m not perfect and will never claim to be. Various full wipes on trash. Each wipe, the tank got more and more roid-ragey. As we got closer to the end of the dungeon, he seemed to be focusing his anger towards the boomie. My guess is he realized me, the hunter, and warrior were interconnected and would back each other up. So the poor druid (who already confided in us that they were having a rough night) was the object of the tanks rage. When we finally downed the last boss, he unloaded on this poor druid and wove a tapestry of obscenities that, as far as I know, is still hanging in space over the Necrotic Wake (props to you if you can name this reference). And I snapped. So did the hunter. So did the warrior. We let him know in no uncertain terms (and with language that was equally as colorful as his) that his behavior was unacceptable. He was pissed because “the F#@%ing druid got the loot” that he was hoping for. It wasn’t the druid he unloaded on. It was me. I didn’t need the item that dropped. Neither did the other druid. However, because of his outburst, I decided that I wanted to keep it for transmog reasons. I think all four of us immediately /ignore-ed him.

Was my reaction with the loot petty? Probably. Was it justified? Maybe. Would I do it again? Abso-f#@%ing-lutely! You reap what you sew. Keys are weird sometimes. Sometimes you get an amazing composition of people and you just rocket through them. Sometimes you get less-optimal groups and you just have to muscle through it. Sometimes it goes so far south that you need a step ladder to reach the bottom of a whiskey bottle. At no point is toxicity something that should be tolerated (and never should it be rewarded).

Humorous aside, I was checking my information and notice that the monk in question either server transferred or name changed. Guessing his reputation “tanked.”

We spent some time chatting with this druid and trying to build his spirits back up. Hoping we’ll get to have him hang out with us during one of our raid nights, because he can use a positive experience in WoW.

Wasn’t sure I’d hit KSM this week aka SQUEEEEE!

I’m so ecstatic. I cannot put into words how awesome this feels. I was looking at the finer details of Mythic+ rating and where my scores were sitting for each dungeon (on both Fortified and Tyrannical weeks) and I thought for sure there was no way I’d pull off the achievement this week. Still, I just kept throwing myself at +16 or +17 versions of whatever dungeons had the lowest overall ratings and BOOM! It happened. I have my awesome guild to thank for getting me started on this journey. They gave me a huge head-start by doing our weekly get-a-mythic-item-in-the-vault runs. I hope that we can get more guildies their shiny red mount, because it’s sooooo pretty.

Not askeered of Mythic+

Rugrats Scream
I will always hear “askeered” in Rugrats’ voices

When I re-joined the raid team at the end of Sanctum, the guild carried me through a couple M+ dungeons to boost my gear a bit and get me a shiny in the great vault. In preparation of the new tier, our guild kept running M+ to get folks pretty new shinies. I’m having so much fun with the guild groups. It’s super chill and we don’t have to worry about rando pugs rage-quitting on us. Since I’m wanting that red mount this season, I’ve been dipping my toes in the M+ LFG pool. I’ve been very timid about it and been short-selling what I can run. I’ve been trying to avoid toxicity.

The other day, a guildie asked me if I wanted to heal an +18 NW (Necrotic Wake) and I just went for it. It was a depleted key before we got to the first boss. The tank didn’t know it was a necrotic-affix week, and when made aware, he forgot what necrotic was. FYI necrotic-affix is a stacking anti-heal debuff. At 40 stacks of this debuff, any healing spell cast on you will give you exactly 0 health. The debuff has a short-ish timer. As your stacks start to get up there, you will want to slow the mobs and yeet yourself far away so your stacks fall off and allow the healer to top you up. After 3 total wipes, one of our members leaves the group and that was the end of the NW +18.

The person with the key asks if we want to do the 17 key. We stick around and pull it off. The tank had a couple “oopsies” with stack management at the beginning, but got into his groove pretty quickly. We timed it with only a couple of deaths. The whole group was incredibly chill. I know there’s a lot of toxicity in the LFG, but this group gave me a big confidence boost to stop short-selling myself. I should be doing 15’s on the regular, but I still have many well below that. As of the writing of this post, I still have 1 dungeon that is sitting at a single digit key. I will have to fix next week when bolstering is the affix. I’m sitting at a M+ score of 2237. I’m soooooooooo close, I can taste it.

Progressing Heroic SotFO

We have a lockout saved for Normal with only tier bosses and the Jailer up, if we ever want to quickly run alts through. I believe everyone has their 4 piece at this point and has seen at least 1 kill of the Jailer. We’ve dipped our toes into the heroic pool the past couple weeks. We’re now 5/11 on heroic, we’ve downed Guardian, Dausegne, Pantheon, Lihuvim, and Skolex. I am super proud of our team. Our composition can vary quite a bit from raid night to raid night. Hell, even from the first hour of raid night to the second hour. Regardless of what our composition is, we have fun and give it our all.

That’s no moon, it’s a soul forge (Star Wars pun required today).
Xmog details…..

Helloooooooooo Creation Catalyst.

I was toying with photo-chopping the Animaniacs on this picture to match the title, but meh-ffort. The vault didn’t have anything of note for me this week, so I thought I’d play around with the Scars of Eternal Strife trinket for grins and giggles. With the creation catalyst being active this week, I was able to convert a set of M+ shoulders into tier (Helloooooooooo 4pc bonus) and liked the way they looked. I decided to change up my look around them. There are plenty of folks that are super critical of the tier appearances and I share similar criticisms for the cloth and plate sets. However, I am rather fond of the leather and mail sets.

Xmog Details…..

Sepulcher of the First Ones progression

Again, I’m not feeling very creative, so I’m just brain dumping over the course of several days and grabbing scissors and tape to try and piece it into something cohesive. Bare with the monochrome image in these puzzle pieces of words.

We are now 10/11 (N) and 1/11 (H) in SotFO. The raid row will be full in the Great Vault and I am super stoked. I’m still a little bummed that Blizz won’t allow for Master Loot in raid groups. Now that I’ve got a 2-tier bonus (Mythic Dungeon Helm and Normal Lihuvim gloves) I’m sure I’ll wind up seeing the pants during the next reset. That is my luck, as was the luck with a couple others in our group in previous weeks. I would love to funnel gear to other raiders, but can’t. Even though I’ve got some mythic dungeon gear (notably pants and shoulders ear-marked for it) that will be getting the tier conversion treatment in another 2-ish weeks.

Veritable word salad (hopefully sans d!*ks)…..

Light-forged turned Sin Eater

Baaros isn’t the golden boy he once was anymore. He got mixed up in that situation in ICC with Bolvar and Tyrande. I guess he’s finally going through that goth/industrial stage of life (of which I gleefully approve). For Protection, both Venthyr and Kyrian are a lot of fun. For Retribution, Necrolord is crazy powerful. Been told Venthyr is great for Holy, but I still don’t heal on a paladin yet. I’m just having fun soloing most of the Zereth Mortis rares.

Xmog Details…..