So, yeah, I’ve been hearing “You suck!” more than I’d like to lately. Ok, so tell me something I don’t know – like how to not suck.
Let me touch on human nature. Most people who are expert at something do a lot of little things that they don’t even think of. They assume knowledge on someone else’s part of things that are second nature to them, because, well, those things have become second nature. I know this. I do it myself. I’m terrible at teaching, particularly at work. Usually it’s quicker and easier to just do it myself, than to go through the process of breaking knowledge down to the lowest common denominator. It takes a special personality to enjoy breaking things down and teaching people.
Now add to that the environment. In a pickup practice arena, people have no vested interest in helping their partner get better. Add to that the fact that usually, they’re playing a different class, so they may not have any helpful knowledge concerning how to play my class. I get that.
Okay. So what is “You suck!” based on?
Is it because we lost? So it’s my fault that we lost? Tell me why.
Were you disappointed that I wasn’t good enough to carry you, and therefore, I must suck?
Did you see things that I was doing wrong, or things I just wasn’t doing? Tell me!
Saturday morning, I jumped on to do a couple practice rounds. Had a mirror matchup, with a druid and a warlock. We won, after about 5 minutes, mainly because the other druid left. I simply could not put out enough damage to take either the warlock, or the druid (and I tried both! ) down more than they could heal. I tried fearing the tree, and focusing on the lock. I tried fearing the lock, and focusing on the tree. I tried fearing both. Until my teammate was able to start throwing damage onto the lock, it was futile.
So, since my teammate was from my realm, I whispered them, saying “So, okay, I know I suck. Any pointers?” No response.
So, it’s pretty much up to me. One thing I found was I was unable to keep track of my DoTs, and their remaining time on a target. So I got an addon that shows my DoTs on the nameplate. And I’m watching video. And reading. I’ve been lurking on ArenaJunkies non-stop, it seems. And in game, I’ve been playing mostly with my lock, getting used to the keybinds. We’ll see what happens.