As far as pug groups go, I’ve had a mix of good and bad pugs so far. The tanks have generally been good. Even at level 25-30 we’ve been able to group up the mobs and AoE them down. We’ve had a couple of weirdos, but mostly smooth. I’d say the number of obnoxious jerks is higher in my low level runs so far than in my level 80 heroics, but its too small a sample size to draw a conclusion.
My big obstacle has been Gnomeregan. It creates a problem that interrupts the smooth operation of the Dungeon Finder system. The problem is that mobs just inside the entrance respawn fairly quickly. Lets say your group is 3/4 of the way through Gnomer, and someone drops from the group. You re-queue and get a replacement, who is ported in at the entrance. Unfortunately, there are elite mobs between him and you. Your only choice is to run back and re-clear some trash.
In the efficiency-at-all-costs environment that exists in the game right now, most players are not willing to make that effort, and so the group falls apart. This has happened to me 4 of the 5 times I was put into Gnomeregan as a random dungeon.
What will happen when I am high enough level to do Maraudon? Or BRD? Those places are enormous and mazelike. I can imagine someone getting ported in as a replacement, seeing that they need to make a 20 minute run from the entrance to the group, and just dropping out.
Another interesting thought. When you run instances at level 80, you have the expectation that the other players in your group have learned their abilities through the leveling process. That’s why level 80 players who only do 1k dps are often disparaged or insulted.
What about at level 25? If there is a player who clearly doesn’t know how to play the class, what do you do? It *could* be a brand new player. Or it *could* be a guy with five 80s who is on his 12th alt, and should know better.
In one of my runs a staff dropped with +spellpower. I indicated in party chat that I was going to roll Need. The druid healer started yelling at me! He said that spellpower was no good for a mage because it only gave +crit and mages didn’t need that. I replied that Intellect gave crit, and that spellpower was good for any caster class. He rambled on and on… wrong the whole time.
If this is a new player, this kind of misunderstanding is understandable. If its an alt of a high level toon, its terrible. How to react?
I simply passed on the staff (knowing that there are many more such weapons in the game that I can get without loot drama). I told him to mouse over his intellect stat and see what it says about crit. And I dropped it. Maybe he learned something there. Maybe he is long past learning such things. I don’t know.
I could take a teacher-like approach here and share my game knowledge in hopes that I make some difference in their game experience. Or I could just sit quietly and allow the ignorance to contiue, especially since they are not even players on my server so I’ll never hear from them again.