The way I see it, there appears to be two types of elitism . One is the type where you hold a high standard of excellence to better your chances at success. This is achieved by having knowledge in all aspects of the game, and making judgments and decisions based on that knowledge, while at the same time, professionally and politely excluding those who don’t meet the criteria of excellence based on those judgments. Bell eloquently addresses this in a recent post.
Another type is where one develop an ignorance of the game outside of what is important to him (i.e., other classes), and not only make decisions based on that flawed knowledge, but reject prospective members in a completely unprofessional, impolite way, all the while justifying his actions due to his own skill. An example of this would be a recent Maly-25 pug that I joined. Or at least, tried to.
The situation is as follows. A maly-25 pug was forming earlier this week, and the group was looking for geared dps. I wasn’t sure what their standard for “geared” was, so I simply stated that I was 5/5 T7-7.5, and the rest was Naxx-10/25 gear. It apparently was good enough for them, so I got the invite.
However, at the end of the recruitment process, the group had 26 people. One too many DPS, and most importantly, 5 mages. Ahh, the plot thickens.
How The Raid Leader Should Have Acted
“Bashertin, despite having adequate gear for this encounter, we simply have too many mages in this group. After comparing armories of all five of you, we noticed you are the only Frost Mage. It’s only reasonable to predict that you will pull less DPS than the others, who we confirmed to have more ideal raiding specs. We apologize for wasting your time.”
Or even more reasonable and justified,
“We noticed that you are specced 3/3 Enduring Winter. While that is beneficial for your own DPS, it is actually a detriment to raid replenishment, and would like for you to either respec accordingly, or kindly leave the group as to not jeopardize our performance. Sorry about that.”
How The Raid Leader Actually Acted
“Hrmm, Bash, you seem to have the lowest mana pool out of the five mages. Oh, and you’re a frost mage? That settles it. Kindly GTFO.”
Sick of Prejudice
I was seriously pissed off at the raid leader, who almost made that ridiculous judgment call to boot me from the group. Not only was I singled out and publicly flamed in front of 23 other people, but unjustly so.
In fact, the guy with the second-lowest mana pool of us mages was in fact an Arcane Mage with Arcane Mind. Checking his Armory, he was glyphed with Mirror Image, Evocation, and Icy Veins, which seem more viable in PvP than PvE, if at all. Seriously, what the fuck.
What Actually Happened
Turns out, someone didn’t have vent. So he was kicked, and I was allowed to stay. We one-shotted the boss. I pulled my weight in DPS, placing in the middleof the 5 mages, and in the middle of all the DPS classes in the PuG. Oh, and that Arcane Mage? Dead last on the chart.
Like Pike, I finally got the Frozen Wastes title.
But at what cost? That idiot arcane mage was the kicker to a seriously moronic raid leader, who supposedly was part of one of the top Alliance guilds on winterhoof. I seriously hope he wasn’t representative of that guild. With the Exodus/Ensidia fiasco considered, I am seriously developing a prejudice of my own that top-end raiding guilds are full of these idiots who don’t deserve their accomplishments at all. It’s guys like them that make me think twice about maining a frost mage and staying away from end-game content altogether.
Seriously. Before wallowing in their own asshatery, they should take the time to actually learn more about the game outside their own class before making a fool out of themselves and making bullshit excuses, hiding behind their server-firsts. If anything, they’re the ones who r doin it wrong.
Before I go on a long FML-like rant, I’ll just end it on this note. It’s one thing to say that one’s mediocre performance can slightly affect the rest of the group’s enjoyment. It’s another to say that having that showing a terrible attitude to that individual can greatly affect his enjoyment as well.
If not, moreso.