It’s the newest thing in World of Warcraft. I’m seeing it everywhere. You join the LFG channel and see a group advertising…
Group Leader: “LFM DPS for Heroic Halls of Lightning!”
Keen: “I’ll go, DPS here.”
Group Leader: “What are your stats?”
Keen: “Well, I have 25% crit, 160 hit chance, 18k hp, ~1650 DPS on single target boss fights.”
Group leader: “no ty”
Wait, what? “no ty” based on my stats? First of all, I’ve done Heroic HoL before and I know that my stats are more than sufficient. I ask why he doesn’t want me and I receive no answer. Okay, maybe it’s just one jerk. I try another instance this time and get the same question: “stats?”. Then I get a “no ty”. Seriously, why? I’m completely geared on regular instances. There are no more upgrades for me there. I NEED to do heroics to gear up for raids but groups are telling me “no ty”. I proceed to once again give my stats and I’m rejected. Paying closer attention to the LFG channel I start seeing things like “Group LFM for X, pst class/spec/stats”. Forgive my nerd rage here, but I have never seen this kind of B.S. in any game before – not even in oldschool WoW. Doesn’t it make sense now more than ever that groups will want intelligent players? Gear has become so easy to achieve – how can it possibly be a barrier of entry for a FIVE MAN?
Hopefully my guildies get their power back and we run some instances soon. I don’t know how long I’ll last in WoW if this is the PUG experience that I can expect. I’ve been burned by PUGs before but never before I even join them. Anyone else encountered this min/maxing elitism in PUGs?