Refusing To Be A Fail-Enabler During Double XP Weekend
The plan for this double XP weekend was to get my long-neglected healing scoundrel from 50 to 55, so I’d have more options on the republic side, should any of my buddies want to run a thing. Rather than going to Makeb, which I’m seriously sick of, I decided to heal my way through instances. Also, my companions have super-crappy gear so questing with any of them would probably be an exercise in wiping the floor.
All was going smoothly – more than smoothly, actually. I got added to several friends lists because apparently competent healers are uncommon.
Then came that Esseles run. I haven’t been to Esseles in a long-ass time because I’m almost never on the republic side anymore. I got pulled into a group already-in-progress, which can sometimes be a forecast of bad things to come. The tank explained that they were stuck on a boss – one that I didn’t remember as being particularly challenging, but hey, I’m not on the pub side often.
I healed my ass off. We died. After rezing, the tank gave condescending instructions to stay out of bad (duh) and to prioritize healing the tank (double duh). I healed my ass off again, and this time we squeaked by. When I say “healed my ass off” I mean that I don’t work this hard when I’m healing hard mode progression content.
We keet going, and the content was still unnecessarily difficult. At which point I glanced at the tank’s buff bar and realized that he’s not in tank stance. These things happen to the best of us (I once ran an instance in no stance whatsoever) and I gently notified him that he wasn’t in tank stance.
Him: I know. I still have threat abilities and I do more DPS. It’s better this way.
Me: … but you’re much harder to heal.
We kept going, and he didn’t change his stance. At that point, I had a few competing thoughts…
- I didn’t have time to requeue if I dropped group
- I could probably heal through it because I’m awesome. After all I had just healed through it without realizing.
- He’d never learn to play properly if I enabled his failtanking. If it was possible for him to get through this instance doing things wrong, he’d keep doing it wrong and blame the next healer for being unable to heal him through his idiocy.
So I said “You know, no, I’m not going to heal through stupid” and dropped group. One of the DPS whispered that he didn’t blame me at all. I put the tank on ignore and moved on.
Other than that appallingly stupid tank, the rest of the double XP weekend was without incident and I did hit 55 on my scoundrel.
How was your weekend?