After a little trip in the looking for raid yesterday I saw nothing that would change my mind. As a matter of fact I was left with the opinion that the player base is even worse than I had expected.
You see, my druid is a tank and a healer. I do not like doing LFR as a tank for two reasons, one being the wait time for tanks is insane and the second that I never know what to expect from my tanking partner. Unlike going in as a damage dealer and to some smaller extent a healer, where you if are a little off you can easily blend in, when you are a tank there is nowhere to hide if something goes wrong. It is either you, or the other tank, and you know that the true bad players always play the blame game and will instantly call you out and the masses are stupid enough to believe them, so they will speak up instantly blaming you and you are now labeled the bad tank. With all that said, I only go into LFR when there is another guild tank on and we can do it together.
So that means I needed to heal, but I have not finished my healing set. I only have 9 pieces of it and while I am sure I can fake it, there are some fights there that can get really healing intensive when doing it with random people. So I did not want to go in as a healer if I were not 100% about it. Also, I wanted to get gear for my tank spec, not my healing spec.
So what did that mean for me? Kitty. I could go in as kitty and get gear for my tank. One problem, I have not played kitty in years.
Off to the internet to save the day. Read a few guides online and got myself a standard basic rotation and went to the dummy to play for a bit. After getting a bit comfortable with it I went to do some quests to test it out in action.
After doing my quests I noticed I can never get my rotation working because things died to fast so I looked online for some addons to help with my rotation. I found a few, tested them, did not like them, but came across a comment from someone that said to use this macro (see below) and you can do respectable. You will never top the damage meters but you will be able to go through random content with at least adding a decent contribution.
Okay, sounds good, let me grab it and test it out.
/castsequence reset=target Mangle,Faerie Fire,null
/castsequence reset=target Savage Roar,Rake,Shred,Shred,Shred,Rip,Rake,Shred
/cast Tiger’s Fury
I looked at it and decided to make another version with mangle instead of shred in case I had a movement happy tank and was having issues getting behind the mob.
So I had that macro, one with mangle instead for when I was not behind, and all my gear gemmed, reforged and enchanted for tanking. Good thing most of my gems and enchants are good for cats also. I did have 2 useless cat trinkets however, the brewfest stamina one and the darkmoon stamina one. So right off the bat I would be at a disadvantage but oh well, I was trying to get gear for my bear and I should at least try. If I happen to win a DPS trinket I can save it for next go around.
I hit the target dummy once more before I entered the queue, just to see what I could do. No buffs what so ever, not even mark and the mangle macro got me 33K DPS steady. The shred macro, from behind, got me 35K. Okay, if I can do 33K-35K with no buffs I am sure I can go by unnoticed in the LFR. All buffed I should be able to pull 40K-45K and finish in the middle of the pack and basically slide by completely unnoticed.
Sadly it did not go as planned.
I could not get by unnoticed because I was always between #2 and #6 in damage done. Seriously folks. With two useless for DPS trinkets, all reforged for dodge, only a 466 item level, having not played cat in many years and using a freaking 1 button macro, that I made into 2 for positional reasons, and I kicked ass.
How bad is the average player?
If I could end up between second and sixth on the meters under the conditions I mentioned above I can answer that question. The average player is horrible.
I wonder what the other 15 DPS would think if they knew that the person that finished #2 was a tank with all tank type gear playing cat for the first time in ages pressing only 1 button the entire fight.
At least I know I can now do respectable in kitty without even trying, when compared to the average player at least. And just think. I actually felt bad thinking I would be taking advantage of the group by not trying my best, like I should have. Sad state of the game if you ask me.