Maybe not so much in a PuG, but certainly from within the safety of a guild or friend group.
It’s not something I have experienced in a while, appreciating a wipe, but Cataclysm has brought that back to the game.
Whether it’s in a raid due to inexperience, raid composition or even complete personal stuff up (admit it we all have them, that’s why the dance is so beautiful when we all move in step with no toes trodden).
Heroic instances likewise have wipes of joy, those damn chains in Blackrock caverns are the source of much wipe mirth. (Did you know you can blink with the chain attached, this getting out of range of the AoE 1st, destroying the chain 2nd… Just destroy that chain).
Even wipes in normals are a joyous occasion under the right circumstances. One of the things I am loving about Streakers is that they are more than happy to lower themselves to run the young 80′s and freshly minted 85′s through normals. A lot of fun can be had putting fresh tanks and healers through their paces.
Getting the same 10 people together night after night, week after week can be a challenge, so you have to love a raid wipes, you just have to, or you wouldn’t do it. To many ranged, not enough ranged… what we need tanks? Then there are the mechanics, even when understood they aren’t mastered, but as a lover of wipes raiding is fun.
What about Rated Battlegrounds?
We finally got a group together to try out the punishment that is Rated BGs.
It only took 2 weeks and 2 hours to get a team together.
Once again those wonderful folk at Streakers, PvP lovers and shunners alike. The team we went in with was basically 100% of the online guildies, many that didn’t want to PvP, but gave it a shot purely to allow us to get the required 10 warm bodies.
I /salute you all.
Oh yes that was a wipefest. To be honest I was surprised we lasted as long as we did, but every wipe is an opportunity to learn, and learn we did.
We learn because we speak and listen. Members of Streakers love to speak, but always take the time to listen.
We know we need more focus, more CC, more interrupts and a little more gear wouldn’t go astray either.
But, we know.
We wipe, therefore we know.
Arenas have been the land of wipe as well, but at the end of each game comes a quick discussion on what worked, what didn’t, what we will do next time.
I have even been wiping it up with Squidly in the Arenas. Resto Shaman healing can be a lot of fun in arenas. Often I am doing little more than running in circles healing myself, but running in circles is a wonderful skill to learn, something that has eludes Gnomeaggedon since he entered the arenas, he’s more of a stand and deliver Gnome than a pillar humping Gnome… Still, the wipes are learning me good!
Enjoy the wipe, there is always something to learn, even if it is nothing more than “I am not ready” or “why do I pug when I have a perfectly good guild looking for more”.
Thanks for all the wipes Streakers, you are my school, the wipes my teachers, the victories the A+ on the report card.
Gnomer and Out!
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