Fear of challenges
I’ve been noticing this somewhat, recently, but an incident today crystallized it.
When did people become afraid of challenges?
My daughter wanted to run Blood Furnace with her alt (62 Rogue). She picked up a pug (I know) of levels 62-65, and lacked only a tank. Or so she thought. What the REST of the group thought they needed was a level 70. A babysitter. And when no level 70′s answered the call, and the rogue wanted to bring in a level 64 warrior tank – the rest of the party bailed. “No 70, this won’t work, I’m not going to waste my time…”
As I said, I’ve begun noticing this over the past couple of months. Every instance, some players seem to want a babysitter. Someone for whom the instance is a walkthrough. Heaven forfend that they have to WORK – to be CHALLENGED….
What most concerns me is… what happens when they reach the level 70 instances? The heroics, or Kara? How long will it take the player to learn the control and push and reaction to the “oh crap” that they SHOULD have learned in levels 1-69? How many wipes at THIS level will I have to endure – where repairing my cloth armor takes as much gold as what I used to see the tank needing at level 60-65?
I can answer that, actually, because I’ve already been there a couple of times. I’ll see a LOT of wipes. Of “oops”. Of … of mages panicing and running AWAY from tank and healer. Of hunters feigning death right next to the healer. Of healers dropping their group assignment to throw some things on the main tank — and seeing half the party die. Of tanks who can’t handle more than two mobs.
Challenge yourself, and when the rough runs begin it won’t be YOU the officers are discussing in chat. Ask for a babysitter all the way up and, well, don’t be surprised when you never seem to be the one invited for the runs at the top.