Fiancee got a group together to run Heroic Botanica. We were Gongniu (Warrior Tank), Tatia (Pally Healer), Fynriss (BM Hunter) and Sibiy (BM Hunter). No one else was on.. so we jumped into LFG and eventually got a whisper from a warlock named Snotspit, I kid you not. The guildies were in Ventrillo.. the warlock was only on party chat.
Now keep in mind that at 70 I’ve never grouped with a warlock. The only guild warlock -just- hit 70 this morning (WTG Underrated). So I didn’t know exactly what to expect. My highest warlock’s only level 44.
We toddled off to the instance. Snotspit showed up flagged for PVP. I asked him to unflag and then we started to pull. Eventually his flag wore off.. but not until after I’d gotten sympathetically flagged from healing him *sigh*. Just inside the door Snotspit put a soulstone on me (one point for him). As we killed things I noticed that he was throwing a lot of Shadowbolts. Gongniu commented that he must be Destruction spec. A quick “inspect” actually showed he was deep Affliction spec.. and had a horrendous amount of +crit armor. (+crit is useless for affliction spec as there are nearly no affliction spells that can crit). We chatted about this in Ventrillo but figured as long as we weren’t doing too bad.. it was ok. Cue ominous music.
We went on through the instance.. and eventually on a bad pull I died.. I used my soulstone and came back with only a smidge of life/mana. I had really expected to have more life/mana.. especially since I’d rez’d before the end of the fight hoping to save the day with my healing.. instead I found that I was mostly useless.. and died again without being able to throw a single decent heal.
As we were flying back I commented on party that I’d rezz’d with very little health/mana.. and that I was expecting a lot more. Snotspit said he didn’t know anything about that. I was puzzled.. but let it drop. As I said, I’ve never grouped with a warlock to have any comparison.
Just after we entered the instance Snotspit created a new soulstone.
“Snotspit creates minor soulstone.”
I stopped for a minute, gaped at this.. and mentioned it on Ventrillo. My warlock is very low.. but others have warlocks.. They agreed that it was very weird.
So I typed in party “Snotspit, just to be clear, you’re giving me minor soulstone instead of greater soulstone because …” and waited.
Eventually Snotspit typed back “because I don’t know how to give you greater soulstone.” My world reeled. Here we were.. at the end game.. grouped with a clueless warlock. I could not figure out how he’d made it to 70.
Laughingly Gongniu typed out “Where did you buy your account?” Snotspit replied “2k on Ebay”. OMG. I thought these people were myths.
I really hope he was telling the truth.. because he was bad.. and I don’t mean a little bad.. I mean well and truly I-have-no-idea-what-my-class-can-do bad. He didn’t know his class. he had no idea on the strengths of the affliction spec… he threw NOTHING but shadow bolts.. and would be out-of-mana 3/4 of the way through a fight. His pet imp died on EVERY-SINGLE-PULL! He died on every-single-boss except the last one. It was just.. bad.
I don’t understand buying an account. Well ok, I do kind of understand.. if you buy into the idea that “leveling is boring and I shouldn’t have to do it to get to the ‘fun stuff’ at endgame” then I guess buying a toons makes some sense. But still.. who spends 2k on a toon and does no research.. Just being 70 doesn’t make you uber.. it just gives you the tools.. if you’re not familiar with -all- the tools then you fail.
We did complete the run successfully. He was at the bottom of the damage meter. He did not go on my friends list.. he did get karma points deducted.. and got a long note in Karma so I don’t accidentally group with him again. Someday I hope to be a much better warlock.