This late in the expansion I don't expect to see the higher end players dragging their alts through flex anymore - they're all PuGging normals now so Flex is not something they need. And I expected that. However, having some of our own higher end players coming is a much better tradeoff and with Exray's two friends from Dath'remar (Mariette and Zulishi), as well as Luxy's friend Putress, we always seem to scrape in with enough. However, we had a solid 20 people turn up to raid on Saturday which was fantastic, and for the first time I got Faith to come in and do Garrosh, and she was a bit nervous but I reassured her it would be ok.
I did have one regret in that raid. As I was sitting around in the Vale waiting to start the raid, a random warrior started talking to me. He asked what I was doing, and I said I was queueing a Flex. He asked if he could come, and I asked him the usual questions of whether we had done it before, and that if he joins our flex I expect respectful behaviour to the other raiders, and he said ok. So I took him along.
|I say this to my daughter, but somehow I don't practice what I preach...|
Another thing that I noticed that meant he must have been annoying was when Exray was telling "the warrior" to stop pulling. Exray must either have been really grumpy OR he was annoyed he wasn't getting his vengeance, because the warrior was pulling the trash before Garrosh and we actually nearly wiped on that bit, with two thirds of the raid dying with uncontrolled adds. Exray usually doesn't get grouchy about anything.
I think the last straw for me was when I was quickly explaining how the Garrosh fight went (because Faith had never done it with us before and I knew she would be nervous, so I made the instructions as simple as I could and emphasised the importance of not dying in the dream phase) and then the warrior started saying how the first time he tanked Flex Garrosh it was a one shot, and was pretty easy. Oh my god, you could almost hear the steam hissing from my ears, as I bit my tongue and plastered a smile on my face, and thought "Happy thoughts, happy thoughts," as I sweetly said that I was explaining the fight because we have a particular way of doing it. The fight went great, it was smooth and Faith managed to live through most of it and get her achievement, which was pretty cool!
Morz got his second heirloom (he got his first one last week) which means I must be the one of the few left with only one heirloom!
Fortunately server restarts happened and there was a forced disband of the raid. The warrior sent me a battletag request, and there was no way in hell I wanted to see him ever again, so I politely said that he could friend my toon (Luxy's brilliant solution!) as I had no other toons. "Well, that's pretty stupid," he said to me. "Why would you only want to play one toon?" I rolled my eyes. COULD THIS GUY BE ANY MORE IRRITATING? DEFINITELY no BTag for you!
I'm sure he wasn't trying to be malicious. Maybe he was very young or inappropriate. But by now I was in no mood to educate and it's so much easier to just NOT invite him to the raid. So when we started up Flex 3 after the restarts, guess who didn't get an invite.
I was pleased to see Kyxyn back in Flex since he had been obsessed by Diablo lately. I did have a giggle - because one of Kyxyn's reasons for cutting back his WoW was to get fit and spend more time exercising, but Sevrus pointed out that Kyxyn had merely turned his time in WoW to time in D3 staying up those super late hours for long periods of the evening, so where was he finding time for this so-called exercise?
It was a great run. And I hope we can do that again next week - well, without the non toilet trained strays that I managed to bring home with me.