There was some heated discussion on a recent post of mine, about the growing trend of enchanters dissatisfaction at the assumption we will DE, and the ‘fairness’ of us getting/not getting benefit from our efforts. I continue to DE in pug runs but I thought I would share 2 stories from the weekend from an enchanters POV
I ‘disciplined’ someone yesterday in a Pug Oculus run. On the 1st boss I advised them all that I was an enchanter and I could DE. They were all happy, all was good. I got the item, I de’d the item.
A rogue on boss 3 rolled on an item he should not have, under the assumption that we were all greeding. I pointed out that I had said on boss 1 that I was an enchanter, and had DE’d the item, and that everyone else had been passing on items they didn’t need. He apologised, and we went on, and he didn’t missroll again.
When the run was over, there were only 2 shards , all the other items had been needed
So I made a call. 2 people who got loot passed, so 3 people including the rogue wanted a shard. I told the rogue that he wasn’t getting one, I explained why and that it would be unfair for the 2 people left ( including me) not to benefit from the run, when his mistake had cost the group a shard.
If there had been 3 shards I would have given him 1, but I made the call right or wrong, as a person in possesion of the shards doing what I thought was fair for the benfit of the group. ( and me.. )
3 people from my guild, 2 pug members in a Heroic VH. We were only doing it for badges, and a chance of a drop for one of the guildys. When the 1st boss died, I said I was an enchanter, so did one of the pugs. I let the pug do the DEing. He waited until the end of the run to DE all the items ( When he didn’t de after boss 1 I checked his armory to make sure he was actually an enchanter) (<3 my duel screens) at the end of the run there were 3 shards and one Abyss crystal. We rolled, the enchanter got the lowest roll, and he said something along the lines of “Everyone got something except me” I told him to keep my shard. I thought that was fair considering he had done the deing, and it had been a good run. It was going to be one of those poor runs for an enchanter. Was I being generous, no, I wanted that shard – I still have receipes I won’t personally use to buy. I let him have it out of sympathy for his plight, and maybe restore some hope in the rule of universal fairness.
What was the point of these examples. In both cases I made a very human decision about the distribution of the results of a Disenchant, a simple /roll in both cases in my opinion would not have been fair – so I chose to intervene. I believe that my actions in both instances were for the good of all, what I feel almost bad about is that even if I was right, or wrong it was me who made that decision, I forced my moralities onto other people, and that’s why i feel almost ickky. It may not be as comparable as the raid leader that ninja’s the rare mount, but I made judgements on the results of a persons ‘labour’ if you will. The circumstances of both these examples could not be outlined by loot rules.
I’m not sure if the Rogue who lost out on a shard, or the other enchanter who gained one, is having anywhere near the sort of internal struggle I am – over a crystal pixel, but I think for me at least, as overtly ‘deep’ and frivolous as the issue is, its a splash in the face as to however minor, your decisions effect how others see and play the game. You will influence by your own actions what they walk away from that computer with. Be it a sense of unfairness, injustice, or a feeling of accomplishment.