Saturday, May 2, 2009

Fragments of Drama

xeno has it's first Fragment of Val'anyr

Our discipline priest outbid a holy priest by a tiny (and by tiny, I mean miniscule) amount on Thursday to purchase the right to one day equip a gavel of awesomeness.  A long time ago--back in the MC days--we decided that when loot comes in the form of many smaller drops that need to be combined together to actually make anything useful, we bid on the first piece and subsequent drops automatically go to the winner as long as they are in the raid.

Before you ask, I wasn't in the running.  Our loot is always decided by bid, and at the time I had about 800 points less than those involved in the RP bid war.  I like to pick up cheap pieces instead of letting them be disenchanted, so I'm bad at saving RP.

Here's the situation:  
Both priests have been in the guild for years.  One is a founding member of the guild, and the other has been around since I joined in 2006.  The second one has left us for other guilds (following her husband) and returned to us.  She's always been a priest; the other has been a mage (vanilla), rogue (BC), death knight (early WotLK), and priest (WotLK).

I've touched on our RP/Loot system in the past, but basically you earn points for attending raids, showing up on time, and staying for the hard stuff.  These two priests were neck and neck, the discipline priest edged out the holy priest when he had to miss a raid due to his girlfriend's knee surgery.  So it does totally suck for him that she edged ahead by such a small margin when he was doing the right thing.

I'm friends with both of them.  The discipline priest and I probably talk more now, but that is a pretty recent development.  She used to always be busy with her husband who is also in the guild, but currently taking a break.  He's kinda...hard to ignore.  I've been closer to the holy priest in the past than I am now, but we're still friends and have met in real life a number of times. 

There was a pause after he typed "all" on Thursday, then she followed suit and her "all" beat his.  To his credit, he didn't cause a scene, which is something we all know he's capable of.  Instead, he got really quiet in vent.  I've heard through the grapevine that he may stop playing his priest and try to go back to raiding on his death knight.  I hope that doesn't happen, but if he makes that choice, we will follow our guild policies, founding member or not.  

I'm glad we got a fragment.  I'm glad we were organized enough years ago to figure out how to handle similar situations, so we weren't scrambling to decide who to give it to.  And I'm not sad that the discipline priest won the auction.  I will be sad if a good healer gives up because of a piece of loot.  But I will deal with the fallout if necessary.  Bring on the Drama!

1 comment:

  1. ^ Co-founder holy priest here. Just to clarify there is no hard feelings towards the disc priest winner. The title of this post may be a tad miss-leading as I don't think there any drama at all. At least none that happened in front of me. I switched to the DK, not for a chance at Frostmourne, but to finally rest at piece with my RP Hording. My original toon Houser, the rogue, was my first love and always will be. I made a very big unintentional switch to the mage, back in the ZG days, to balance out our classes (by request). It stuck and I rather enjoyed playing a mage almost the whole way through. We rolled through SSC and lack of rogues had me make a my own decision to fill that void. One that I was extremely happy to make. My efforts to understand as many aspects to raiding as I could, the Holy Priest took form. Love healing. The choice to heal or the choice of a brand new class had me torn from the start. But another good friend kept me inline and motivated. Thus the DK was born. I couldn't escape my love for the heals along with my first hybrid class. In the end I felt that healing would be an important role and went with that. The problem was this damn legendary. In fact many legendaries. See I've been hording my Raid Points for around 2 or so years. The mage for Atiesh, the Rogue for Glaives and now Val'anyr. I was mentally exhausted from playing this really wicked RP game. Catching every single on-time bonus, calculating how much I couldn't over spend, passing up clear upgrades while trying to justify it (for the sake of the raid) etc. I don't want to do that any more, I don't want to keep saving for a second Val'anyr and I certainly don't want to watch pieces of it fall on the floor that 2 + years of exhaustion couldn't get me. I am in a very very happy place right now. Almost like a big weight was lifted and after only a few days I feel the game is back on track for me. As for the DK, yea guild policy stated 2 weeks ago that I couldn't switch mains. I get it, don't want the officer to make the first example. So I will sit and wait for my turn to come. Even after my gear catches up and new members I voted in take my place. I want to raid and I want to raid with xeno. I hope over time that happens sooner than later. Only time will tell where my toons will take me. Will I raid on the priest again? Most likely, but not while orange peels are falling on xeno's raid floor. I might have to find some other people to heal. Till then.. Thanks for the kinda words Tam.