Since Blizzard recently enabled cross-realm/battletag Siege of Orgrimmar normal modes, and since TTGF has been taking a break from raiding the past few weeks, I've done a little raid pugging lately.
Pugging is something I haven't done for a long time, actually, since pugging on a tiny server like Drenden is basically non-existent. Back in ICC, there were many regular pug groups. Cataclysm, tier 11, there were some. Firelands, a few. Dragon Soul...barely any. And I think I saw some feeble attempts in Trade Chat during Mogu'shan Vaults, and nothing ever since.
Anyway, I still need a few upgrades from Siege (the cost of having two 'main' specs and gearing up like a billion other priests and paladins in the last few months), so I hopped into a pug group at Dark Shamans last week, hoping to get the healing mace.
We started in on trash, and it was a disaster right from the start. Our tanks were a druid and a death knight, and the DK could not hold threat worth a damn. Every pull (and we all know how many trash pulls there are pre-Shamans), at least 1-2 people would die from aggro.
Then, randomly, the DK changed specs, to a DPS spec?? And no one knew why, and the bear tank didn't realize, so we went 2-3 more pulls with only one tank. And more people died. The raid leader finally got the DK to go back to Blood. We asked them why they changed specs in the middle of trash. We received no response.
Then, Marco's Crackling Gloves dropped! Of course, we had no shamans in the group, or even a hunter who could use them for transmog. But fear not, they didn't go to waste. Our intrepid DK needed on the mail intellect gloves and won them. The raid, of course, freaked out, and the DK was like NO HABLA INGLES or something, and nothing got settled and everyone grumpily moved on.
Trash continued, at an abysmal, fatal pace, including a wipe on Mokvar due to no one breaking out the bribed mind-controlled people. It actually extended into 2.5 wipes, because people kept running back in and engaging Mokvar while others were still mind-controlled, leading to MORE people getting mind-controlled.
Finally, we finished all the trash, and pulled Dark Shamans using the 3-tank, 2-healer method. It went okay for a while, but then the DK tank got obliterated and we wiped.
We ran back in, except the DK, who had decided it was a good time to go back to the Shrine. I inspected him while we waited for him to return, wondering if there was any particular reason they were so squishy.
After I stopped laughing, I of course had to point this out to the pug leader...
Furthermore, if you look at the waist socket, they also had a Nightmare Tear. Which, I mean, it's an understandable mistake to make, what with prismatic sockets and all. But still. They also had Frosthide Leg Armor, Evil Eye of Galakras, and every single piece of gear was reforged to Crit.
Needless to say, things went a lot smoother after we removed the DK. We asked them to explain the mail gloves, wondering if it was a misclick. But they just stood there, unresponsive. So they got the boot!
The funny part is, something like this? It absolutely pulled the remaining 9 people together and put everyone in great spirits for the rest of the night. In fact, Dark Shamans dropped some Warforged mail, and two more intellect mail pieces dropped from trash, and we had a good time lamenting how sad the DK would have been, to have missed out on more mail pieces.
Out of curiosity, I looked up the DK on the weekend - still wearing those intellect mail gloves. Best-in-slot, I guess.