One of my most uplifting experiences as a Frost Mage came during a ToC-25 pug. I was in the instance with a few other individuals from very high-ranked guilds on the server. Somehow, Winterhoof has the unfortunate quality of having a large number of elitist douchebags and ignorant scrubs in it, belonging to guilds high and low. This one mage in particular saw me summon my squirtle, and having the audacity to point out that “frost mages don’t even deserve to be in raids.”
Let me repeat that for you. Frost Mages don’t even deserve to be in raids.
Regardless of whether or not he was trying to troll me, or simply waving around his arcane e-penis, he certainly raised the valid issue of how Frost is behind on potential DPS compared to the other two trees. Not that it mattered for this particular fight. It’s only ToC-25, not progression content or anything. He wasn’t even raid leader, so he had absolutely no say in who should and should not be included in the PuG.
Needless to say, I could have very well up and left, deciding not to even bother with idiots like him. I only did the most sensible thing to me at the time. I put him on ignore, and proceeded to perform spectacularly on the charts. I believe I was doing about low-to-mid 6k DPS, and placing a respectable 3rd on the recount list, behind two other mages, one being the original guy who mocked my spec of choice, and the other a mage who was also clearly overgeared for the instance.
I snerked at my results, showing the fool that I deserved the spot I was given in this PuG, and that I was not going to let myself be carried by superior players. I even un-ignored him out of spite, just to hear how he was reacting to the rest of the pug, who had more than encouraging words to say.
“Who was that who said Frost was worthless again?” said a random PuG member.
“Whatever. This pug fails anyway for getting out-dps’ed by a Frost Mage.” the guy responded.
It’s moments like these that cement and validate my choice of spec. I look back at it, and take pride in the fact that despite my shortcomings as a less-than-optimal spec, I put 100% effort into optimizing the performance that comes from it.
I don’t look at Frost as an excuse to do “shit dps,” but rather as a challenge to do excellent dps with a “shit spec.” I don’t only play the game to win and to be the best, but I do so under my own terms. No way am I going to bend around and play something I hate just so I can eke out extra points. I have a voice. I have passion for what I do. And I am going to be damned sure that my passion shows in my output.
I won’t be able to back up my choice with math, but I can guarantee you that I will back it up with performance.
It is my goal in this game to turn heads, to make people realize that Frost is adequate in the right hands, in the right guild. It’s not a casual choice. It’s a dedicated lifestyle.
That said, my choice is something that commands a great deal of open-mindedness and respect. While I respect those who accept my abilities for what they are, I am also well aware of those who have their own beliefs and policies regarding optimization. To them, I say that they are missing out on an opportunity to raid with someone as dedicated as I am, but I will not hold it against them. I am out to find like-minded individuals who prefer performance over potential, rather than butting my head against the wall and crying at night over how I was unable to get into Leetist McLeet’s uberguild because I wasn’t arcane.
I accept the terms and conditions that, under the situation where I’m not performing to the best of a mage’s ability, I have the option to either respec or go home. I choose to go home. I choose to go home and one day return with better gear, tighter rotations, and more familiarity with the mechanics of a fight encounter. But I will not respec. I will do what it takes to make the grade, and I will do it as Frost.
No, I won’t frown when people close doors, but I will smile when I can make people open them. To convert the former into the latter is something that I wish to do, and that I take immense amounts of pride in being able to do.
I am the underdog. I am here to stay. I am here to perform. I am here to succeed. I will never give up. And I will never, ever take anyone’s crap.