The Blog Azeroth shared topic for July 2 – July 8 is:
What is the nicest thing another player has ever done for you in-game?
This was another of my topic ideas and unlike last week’s topic I had something in mind before I suggested it.
I played WoW for a long time as a solo player. I had three characters capped at 60 when Burning Crusade came out, but I’d never even ran an instance, much less done a raid. Famously, I had no idea my first character, a human paladin, had a “bubble” — the spell seemed useless to me because it only lasted a few seconds. It was a real life friend that I’d introduced to the game who actually told me what I needed to do if I wanted to experience more.
I re-rolled and prepared a new character (the shadow priest who remains my main today) for raiding. During that process, I just luckily joined a very large social guild and actually made friends. I met people I would have never ran across in real life from all over the globe. And we raided Karazhan — I thought I was a real player then.
One of the people we raided with was a prot warrior with a gruff exterior. Turns out he had a heart of gold. As the expansion progressed I went back to my older characters to level them to 70, and decided to try tanking on my warrior. My prot warrior guild friend crafted me gear, got into vent to help me set my UI and rotation, quite literally held my clueless hand through the process of what to do.
Turns out I’m not cut out to tank, not by a mile. And honestly, I can’t explain why the kindness of this guild-mate struck me so, but it did. After playing solo for so long he opened my eyes to the fact that we can do more together than alone. And that insight has far outlasted anytime I spent tanking.