(Gnome) Tank for Life


The Dilemma
January 21, 2010, 11:06
Filed under: dps, gear, guild

Shadowmourne

This is the legendary axe added in patch 3.3, and it’s possibly the subject of dreams for many a DPS class in WoW at this time.

And with good reason, for it is the only ilvl 284 item in-game flashing with an amazing 344 DPS, with the rest of the weapons following up at ilvl 277 and at most 325 DPS. Not to say anything of the proc, which immensely favours DPS DKs/warriors/paladins. And by the way, it’s legendary.

So yesterday our guild attempted to make a decision on who will be the lucky raider to get priority for the legendary quest, and it didn’t go down very well in my opinion. I have been told in officer chat a few days ago (I’m not officer, just tank-leader) that the 3 or 4 officers will make a decision. Yet come yesterday, all 25 people in the raid were called upon to vote on who they should think get the shards first, our GM (Saudus, (retribution paladin)) or a DPS DK.  After an unsuccessful and then another ‘successful’ raid vote in the form of readycheck (of which 11 people abstained), our guild leader was voted to win, winning by.. I think 2 votes.

Now, I would’ve gone along happily either with the voting method or the officer’s decision, but this middle-way solution (we -officers- decide who you -raiding members- get to vote for) just doesn’t cut it for me.

To put it into perspective, the steps one needs to take in order to complete the Shadowmourne questline include:

As you can see this is a massive undertaking, I dare say comparable to the old quest for Thunderfury, even perhaps a little easier since you don’t have to rely on random drops to even start at any point during the questline.

I believe a weapon and a decision of this magnitude deserves more decision-making than simply “VOTE Yes for X VOTE No for Y”. Many people in NEG take an active part in the online forums, the least it would’ve deserved is a forum poll. Of course public polls allow everyone to see how the votes are proceeding and might allow some people a chance to ‘play favourite’ thereby ruining the honest votes.

I think for all its apparent blatancy or “one sidedness”, the best solution would’ve been to simply state that the GM will go for and earn the legendary. My reasoning:

  • out of everyone he works the hardest on guild progression, organizing and such thus he truly deserves it
  • is the least of all likely to quit during or after the questline
  • is doing some great DPS coupled with the nuances (raid awareness,  etc),  that the other contestant imo isn’t so good at

It will be interesting how other guilds sort this out. It’s certainly not as easy as “highest DKP wins”…

Relevant TankSpot discussion: How many DK Tanks are gunning for Shadowmourne?

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