|Loot drama. Everyone knows about, a few of us have even been unfortunate enough to be personally effected by it. Every loot system out their has it’s down sides, from the basic /roll, to loot council, to DKP or Suicide Kings. Depending on what type of players you have, the content you clear, and the atmosphere of your raids you may encounter a little or a lot of drama. Everyone who is reading this has lost a piece of loot they wanted. While getting loot isn’t nearly as difficult as the original 40 man days, finding that shield or trinket you want can still be a challenge, especially when every other healer who uses said item wants it. This does not in any way shape or form give you the right to have a melt down in raid. Personally, anyone who /nerdrages about loot in the middle of an already tender raid has lost my respect. Talk to your officers, explain to them the importance of said item to you, or you can wait for the next time it drops. Now, when I say “tender” raid, I’m referring to some very sad business that has affected my new guild recently. Last Monday night our two Guild leaders/Raid leaders and our main tank switched servers without any warning to the rest of us. So, come Tuesday night we were down several healers, both main tanks, and a few DPS who has jumped ship after the abrupt departure. We managed to get it together enough to appoint two new raid leaders (one of whom happens to be my boyfriend) and pull 25 people in for our raiding night. We did the weekly, VoA 25, and got to the Gunship Battle without any hiccups, most of us crowing about how proud we were to manage to pull it together enough to keep up with out raiding schedule.
Ah, but loot drama creeps in through your window and hides in the shadows until you think all is okay then *zap* springs into action! We had Althor’s Abacus drop for the third week in a row, and I linked for it (we use Loot council, where you link the items you want to replace with the drops, instead of rolling for it. Then the officers drop down to a private vent channel and vote on who gets the item). I was looking to replace the Ephemeral Snowflake and to see how well this trinket worked for my class (Yes, I am looking to do an article on it as soon as I get more practice with it!). I rolled against a shaman and two priests. The shaman wanted to replace the Sliver of Pure Ice, which I considered to be a good trinket for a shaman. But, I know very little about Shaman, and couldn’t judge for myself. Surprisingly I got the trinket, thanked the raid leaders, and then promptly went to go use the rest room while we waited for one of our healers to come back from picking his girlfriend up from work.
When I got back, another healer I had rolled against had left the raid and logged off. Confused I asked Punch what happened, and he explained that she had gotten upset about me getting the trinket, because I had received a piece a week ago. I didn’t feel to badly, this raider had caused problems in my last guild, and I didn’t feel that the trinket from such a loot pinata needed to be so harshly contested. We downed Saurfang, called it a night, and I went to go run a random for my frost emblems.
Apparently, this raider felt differently than me, took her alts out of the guild, yelled at the new officers for about forty-five minutes, and when they wouldn’t put in a ticket to take the tinket back and give it to her, promptly got her mother to start screaming in guild chat about my being a “bitch” and many other highly dramatic statements that got very annoying very quickly. After loosing so many raiders that day, the officers dealt more gently with this extreme nerd explosion than might have happened on any other regular day, especially because the boyfriend of the upset woman is a very enjoyable player, a very good DPS, and a reasonable person who wasn’t having anyof this nonsense. Eventually enough people got tired of it and the mother was kicked from the guild, although the actual player had remained silent throughout this part of the saga.
One can always hope that it ends there, but alas, said mom decided the offense was terrible enough to park her butt into trade and yell about the guild, the loot system, the staff she lost because she /rolled for offspec instead of linking for mainspec, and a necklace I had won in our last guild. Thankfully, no one on trade was very interested tonight and decided to spend their time wondering if you could get more loot from a loot council if you slept with the officers.
After the inital shock over such small piece of loot that wasn’t even a drastic upgrade, I began to find this all very funny. Why do resto shaman women always have issues with me? I swear it’s only the girls, I’ve never had an issue with any of my male resto friends.
What I’ve learned from this:
This was a new experience for me, so I learned several interesting things from a night with more drama than Macbeth.
1) Sometimes it’s not the loot that makes them angry, it’s just the fact that you got the piece over them. Personally, I don’t feel this would have been such an issue if someone else had gotten the loot. Whether or not they were genuinely upset over the loot going to someone else, I don’t know. As I said, this raiders mother had been in a guild with me before, and apparently I’m not as well liked as I though because she had issues with me that she expressed to her daughter. This lead to another trade ‘splosion when I was in class that also helped Roxbury meltdown. Come one people, if you have an issue don’t let it fester. I want to know if you have a problem with me so that this stuff doesn’t interrupt the raid!
2) People just want to yell, they don’t want answers. Trying to calmly point out loot rules does no good when the only response you get is “ya u got what u want an we can all go fuk ourselfs cuz ur a bitch and deserve all the lootz Phea.” Ah, I’m just trying to talk reasonably, stop yelling at me with only partially formed words!
3)You do yourself no favors by yelling like a hooligan. If I was in charge of loot, a person who reasonably discussed their problems with an officer, and addressed it like the adults we are would be much more likely to have my respect and that would go into my decision making process for distributing the items If you’re going to freak out at the smallest provocation then I don’t feel you’re a long term member, and you’re trying to bully me into getting what you want.
I did end up feeling guilty about taking the trinket after I finished laughing a the unbelievable nature of my night. However, I realized it’s not like I won Trauma, or some BiS mail for shaman. This was such a minor thing to have such a terrible experience over, that it’s not worth feeling bad about. People will react the way they will, often times much worse than they would in a face-to-face situation. The internet brings a safe bubble of anonymity to people; you’re not responsible for your actions the way you would be if this happened at your workplace or school. The freedom this gives to unstable people can unleash some nasty things upon your evening. It’s important not to delve into such insanity yourself, or you become just as bad. It’s just like your Mother said “Honey, you’re better than that, don’t sink to their level.”
Now, for a video I find just a weird as this whole debacle.
Now that that’s done…have any of you had experiences like this? Or am I completly wrong in assuming that this is something everyone goes through, and my raids are just especially crazy?