A while back, Big Bear Butt wrote a funny recap of how his young son played a druid:
"I haven’t said anything, but as I watch him, I see him flip into Kitty, use his Mangle and Rake, flip out to caster and Moonfire Spam the SHIT out of something, flip into Bear and smack it, go back into Kitty for a Mangle when it’s dead, and then on the next mob just stand as a caster, sneak up and blast the crap out of it with Starfall, then Moonfire Spam again, and then a Wrath." (BBB, Bears and Cubs)
I found this quite funny at the time, and cute. He's a kid, playing! Use all the abilities? Of course! So great.
Well, I was leveling my dwarf shaman a few weeks ago in Stranglethorn Vale (level 25 at the time), and came across a level 28 druid poking around the Kurzan bandit cave. He saw me, watched me easily kill a bandit, and then said this:
I shrugged and said sure. To be honest, the "wanna be friends" was enough to earn at least a few minutes of my time alone, but the name Wolfdruid was also pretty great. (Note: He was a night elf, not a worgen.)
Little did I know what I was getting myself into!
I quickly realized two things about my buddy Wolfdruid. One, he was very new/inexperienced, and two, I strongly suspect that, like BBB's son, he was quite young. His combat strategy was...erratic, to say the least. He was a feral druid, but like BBB's son, he'd start off in cat form, switch to bear halfway through, pop out to blast off some Moonfires/Starfires, then go back into cat, etc.
He would also occasionally shift back into night elf form and start meleeing with his polearm! Priceless.
I didn't mind, though. I found it hilarious and charming. And to be honest, I was glad to help him out, since he would have had a lot of trouble in that cave.
We finished up the quest I was on (kill X bandits), but it turned out he had a few more which I didn't have. I hung around anyway though. This was really amusing, and much more fun than leaving to continue questing would have been.
However...by the time we were finished, I had to stop questing with him. Because my armor was all broken. Because we died. A lot.
After about 10 minutes of murdering hapless bandits and being entertained by Wolfdruid's manic shifting, he started working on the final quest in the area, to kill the Kurzan chief in the back of the cave. No big deal, right? Well, it wouldn't have been...except instead of making our way through the cave, killing mobs as we went - which is what we'd been doing all along - he just started...running through the cave, headed for the back. Picking up 4, 5, 6 mobs who just started wailing on him as he went.
What makes matters worse is, he'd arrive at the back part of the cave, half-dozen mobs in tow, with the chief in sight...and then he'd turn around and start running back toward the entrance! Right into his angry pursuers. I tried killing them individually, tried healing him through it, tried kiting...but my shaman is pretty awfully geared, and I'm pretty bad at shaman to begin with.
We met with crushing defeat about four, five times before I finally managed to convince him to proceed through slowly and not via kamikaze dash.
Our adventures ended with a desperate dash out of the cave, trying to shake angry respawning bandits. I ran into the brush and managed to lose them. Wolfdruid ran straight into a cage full of angry panthers and was immediately devoured. (I did go back and rez him one last time, with a chuckle.)
The next day I looked him up on the Armory, and oh, poor Wolfdruid. Half of his gear was cloth. Half of it was grey! No wonder he'd been having such a hard time.
A few weeks have passed, and I see that he's now level 41 (see the Armory screenshot at top). And he's still sporting a few grey items. Oh Wolfdruid. But how can you get annoyed at a player like that? This isn't LFR, where you're hitting enrage timers due to low DPS. It's just STV. Repair costs are like four silver. And he's just new and loving the game. What's not to love?
(Note: This might seem like I'm making fun of Wolfdruid, or inviting people to go mock him - this could not be farther from the truth! Wolfdruid is AWESOME and honestly, this little adventure was the funniest thing I'd seen in WoW in ages.)