I’ve enjoyed the random dungeon tool. I love the extra money/badges. I love the lack of long wait times for groups. There’s an occasional problem pug, but otherwise, I generally have a lot of fun on it.
Well, last night I logged in after the servers came back up. I had been wanting to give my bear gear some love and decided I would try and run bear to get a little practice. The servers were lagging somewhat, but I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal. Well, there were only a few guildies on and people were already running or had to leave shortly, so I decided to do it on my own.
However, running those instances, I felt so lost. In the first group, the mage kept grabbing aggro and I noticed, he seemed to be casting as soon as I would grab the mobs, not giving me any chance to grab aggro. Of the two groups, he was the only one who died, but he did so 2 or 3 times. I actually felt like I kept a hold of aggro fairly well in the first run, other than when things would go and thwack the mage.
The second group was an entirely different story. I’d get most of the trash, but generally one or two would seem to get away from me. The DPS was dispatching them quickly and no one died, but it was very frustrating that I seemed to not be able to get a hold of all of the mobs.
All night, I seemed to not have any problems with bosses, but trash seemed to be a major pain in my big bear backside. Even using growl seemed to take a while before they would come back to me.
It was just frustrating.
But here was the downside I mentioned in the title. After all of this, I had no feedback. Running with guildies, I was used to feedback on what I did right and wrong and how to improve.
But when it was over, it was over. There was no one to talk to tell me what problems came from I did wrong, what the puggers did wrong or what was lag problems. These runs always seem to be so quiet, which seems fine when I am a kitty and am fairly confident in what I am doing. But a bear feeling like he got blindsided, I felt like I learned nothing from the instance and almost like the rest of the group put up with me, just so they didn’t have to wait for another tank.
But it makes me wonder what it may be like for new 80s out there logging into these. Dragged along for the ride, without a clue what’s going on and either getting frustrated like I was or thinking whatever they are doing is ok. I’m lucky, since when I joined, I joined my fiancée’s guild and they’ve been very willing and helpful in helping me learn, along with my drive to not suck lead to a ton of research on my part.
I guess what I’m seeing is, while the random dungeon tool has made finding a group easier, I wonder if it has actually made learning how to play more difficult for the truly new player. What do you think?