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Our weekend routine generally involves each of the 80s running the daily random, and, since three of them are DPS, a lot of fishing or gathering. Since fish leads to fish feasts and herbs lead to glyphs and other stuff, it’s a win all around.

Usually our experience is pretty good. Oh, there’s hurry hurry stuff going on, and occasional oopsies, but generally it’s been a positive experience. Between the four of us, we’ve had three or four failpugs so far.

And yet, yesterday, I deliberately dropped out of a pug before it started. Oculus, you say? Nope. I’m down with Oculus. No, I dropped from Heroic Halls of Reflection.

The reasoning behind this is difficult to explain, but suffice it to say that generally speaking it’s a very frustrating experience for ranged DPS. The most difficult aspect is reaching agreement on targeting priorities when nobody is willing to speak.  Inevitably we fail to focus fire properly, the healer goes down, and it’s all over until we do the monochrome marathon, if we don’t have one or more quit as well.

So, Flora, Illume, and myself just won’t do it with strangers. Friends, guildies, sure. Pugs, no.

The ironic part of this is that Jasra doesn’t mind healing it at all. It’s challenging, yes, but if she gets killed by mobs, nobody’s going to claim she was at fault. Dying’s part of the game.

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Prior to taking my first timid steps into the land of PUG Madness, I swapped back over to the Destro spec to practice with it a bit. Having run around with Fred the Felguard all this time, I’d forgotten that Destro locks aren’t totally glass cannons. The snare I have built in to my Conflag generally means I get off an Immolate, Conflag, and one Incinerate before the mob wilts, still trying to get to me.  So that’s nice.

My PUG runs started with me at around 2300 dps but after that I got enough Triumph badges to get my T9 chest. That’s taken me to the 2500-2600 range, which is really nice to see.

Another topic …

I was reviewing my history and re-read the part about how the Draenai aren’t actually from Draenor at all. They’re from Argus. And who else is from Argus?  That’s right, things demon-ish!

So why can’t I banish space goats like I can any other demon? Why do they con as humanoids?

For that matter, instead of what we currently do for our succubus, why can’t we just go over to Goldshire and take our pick from the ones dancing on top of the mailboxes?   I can’t speak for all female warlocks out there, but some of us might want something a little more … substantial … at the end of the whip, anyway.

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For now, our break is over, and we’re all getting back into the daily routine.  For the past few days I’ve been the group’s focus toon, and I’ve been cranking out quests as fast as possible, getting close to done with most of them.

I also was the first among us to try the random dungeon without a guild-based safety net.  This was frightening.

Two things.

1) My DPS, for all that I’m toting around greens, quest blues, and one or two crafted epics, is around the 2500-3000 range.  I was taken aback by this. Frost, after all, is not known as the premier DPS build.   I don’t know what, exactly, this means, but I surely won’t turn it down.

2) Over three days, I participated in three very hurried, but mostly uneventful PUGs. There was no asshattery, at least none overt.   I always threw down the table, was often thanked, and at the end we usually exchanged “good run.”

I can hope it will always be that way.

I have no illusions. I am not saying “so where are all the failpugs?”  I know they are out there. I am not saying otherwise. I am merely … sharing my amazement that I’m 0/3 on failpug.  Here’s hoping my luck holds out indefinitely.

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