Or maybe it was a king, who knows. I happily took my little shaman to Wintergrasp today, trying out splashing my heals in a PvP setting and getting a nice bonus achievement in the mix. As these things often happen, I was invited to join a VoA-10 man group after victory was completed. Being a noob, I happily accepted, thinking “Any raid heal experience is good raid heal experience.”
Things go great — there were two restoration shamans and a massively overpowered holy priest, and we ratcheted right through Koralon in no time flat. He dropped a druid piece (no druids sadly) and a nifty little spellpower ring. Valask, the other shaman and I all rolled on the ring and I won it with a 85 — narrowly beating out my hubby with a roll of 83 😛 Laughter all around as we head to Emalon and begin our next take down. This time, elemental mail pants drop — since there are two resto shamans, the raid lead asks for an off-spec roll. Rolls commence, and I win again — a good 40 points over the other shaman.
And then… the drama.
The loot rules were set as follows: main spec roll first, off-spec roll second.
- The other shaman is a secret elementalist in disguise! Well actually, so am I, but when in a PuG I feel that whatever role you are fulfilling is you main for the course of the run. If you didn’t want to run as a resto shaman, then wait for the next group.
- No one should be able to win more than one piece of gear per boss — especially on such a short run. Again, it’s a PuG — on a guild run, it might be something different, but each boss has an independent chance to run set pieces for each class. Not to mention, my first win wasn’t on a shaman only piece, but a PvP spellcasting ring that could have been good for multiple classes.
- It’s standard rules that only one loot is given per person until everyone in the raid has gear. Again — whaaa? Maybe in your casual-friendly, everyone play nice and have pretty loots, but most guild have some kind of loot council or EKPG system in place that actually throws some kinda favor to certain classes or roles OR to attendance. Since it’s a PuG, that kinda regularity isn’t normal, and frankly, in a heroic, everyone rolls need or greed for the pieces they need or want for an off-spec in my experience.
As the guy clamors on, I say in raid chat: the rules didn’t specify, and I am only following what I think is fair giving the guidelines. More panty twisting whining on the other side. I send a /tell to the raid leader and say that I don’t care what happens to the loot — I’m here as a resto shaman, I expect resto gear, and to do what he thinks is fair. He gives the loot to the other guy because he states that he knew he was elemental when he invited him. Fair enough.
Last boss of the night: 2, count them 2 shaman pieces drop — resto PvE gloves and PvP pants. I was tickled pink… and because the Drama Queen was “officially” an elemental shaman, I got both pieces without a competing roll. Sometimes it pays to be above board and honest when dealing with Drama Queens.