Better Late than Never

I’m in a weird spot in my life right now. I have a lot of things that I need to be doing, but I can’t seem to focus on just one thing, get it done, and move on to the next. This is how I’m slowly discovering that I’m just terrible at prioritizing.

As such, this should’ve been two posts, the first part written a week ago and the second a few days ago, but it feels appropriate to wrap them into one now, kinda like bacon-wrapped steak. Mmmmmm.

Chances are if you follow my blog, you follow Righteous Defense. Just a wild stab in the dark here, but I think that’s pretty reasonable (if you don’t, you really should!). Therefore, I’m sure you’ve seen Rhi’s post about our 25-man team getting their drakes.

In case you are wondering, yes I did use the pronoun “their” for a reason. No, it’s not ignorance of the English language.

On that fateful night, we were hacking away at Neck Deep in Vile for a while that night, making some fairly good progress, but ultimately not getting it. One of our healy priests, Zilga, was supposed to come that night as shadow and help the ranged out but she ended up having to come late. When she did, and Rhi started talking about needing someone to step out for her to come in as to really seal the deal with this stupid, stupid achievement, something clicked. I think I whispered him even before he finished talking, volunteering my spot. Two minutes later, I was sitting in Dalaran listening to the rest of the raid work on NDIV.

Why did I do this, you ask? Well, two reasons really.

First, I knew that a lot of our raiders really, really wanted this. You could tell from the tones of the voices in Mumble, the stifled screams of Rhidach when a ranged started backpedaling away from a spirit and blowing it up, the efforts of others to refocus the raid, highlight our problems and offer solutions. Some of them didn’t have 10-man drakes, like I did, some are achievement whores (I use that term as light-heartedly as possible), and some felt that getting these drakes was another big victory for our team that we simply needed. It was because of this last reason that I chose to listen to my inner-Surak and see that, “[t]he needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

Second, I feel like I’ve raided with ES long enough to know that they are committed to the guild, first and foremost. I’m not sure I could name any individual in our raids who is just there for themselves, their achievements, or their gear. Selfless is a strong word, but I think it warrants here. Therefore, I had little doubt that the following week, the same people would show up to help those of us who still needed a completed meta achievement to get our drakes.

So when we went back a week later, we approached NDIV with a much more confident and experienced Vile Spirit ranged team, and after relatively few attempts, the aforementioned cursed achievement was slated to end up on the evening news as the victim of a brutal schooling.

… Except I got disconnected right around 12%.

After having a brief laugh at how terrible my luck is, I logged back in to find my body at the beginning of the instance, way down in Light’s Hammer. I still had the “Fury of Frostmourne” debuff, so I figured I was okay.

I waited, and waited, and waited. I chatted with people over Mumble, assuring them that I was back in, sharing hopes that, since I had that debuff, I would indeed be rezzed with the rest of them when the time came.

Well, the time came. My fellow raiders’ Grid portraits lit up, one by one, until only one grayed-out frame remained… mine.

No big,’ I thought to myself, ‘surely I’ll get the achievement when they kill him.’

And then a loot window pops up from our loot master’s Bidder addon without the expected achievement accompaniment. UGHHHH.

Being the nice guy that he is, Rhi insisted that everyone in the raid submit a ticket about the disconnect. I expected maybe a couple people to do so, but the shouts of “Ok, submitted” in Mumble and raid chat revealed that many more people had opened tickets than I had originally thought, confirming my second reason for stepping out the week before.

Others were contacted by GMs after 10 to 20 minutes after having submitted tickets. I think mine popped at the latter end of that spectrum, while we were in RS clearing trash. Unfortunately, the GM I was “matched” with seemed fairly clueless, but luckily he or she transferred me to someone they assured me was an “achievement specialist.”

Edit: my brief conversation with the aforementioned GM can be seen here.

After another 15 or so minutes, I was connected with a very professional GM (read: the previous GM was fairly unprofessional, sadly) who, as promised, seemed to know exactly what to do. I logged over to an alt while the GM possessed my paladin, and a few minutes later, BAM!

Progress! … But where was the meta achievement? I asked the GM about it and he kindly looked into it for a few minutes, eventually re-possessing my poor paladin and producing another gem:

I thanked him probably seventeen times before he finally faded into the mist.

I soon noticed a little piece of mail in my inbox…

What a rollercoaster. There was one last thing I feel that I needed to do to truly celebrate this accomplishment:

Aww, a week too late to the group screenshot! Oh well.

I owe my drake to all of the ES raiders that both went back to get the achievement and helped escalate my ticket so quickly, as well as Blizzard’s speedy and efficient customer service team! Thanks again, all!

10 Responses to “Better Late than Never”

  1. Rhidach November 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Congrats man, very well deserved. I’m so happy everything worked out. I’ve heard Blizz can be really stingy with achievement credit, but this was such a clear-cut case… glad everything went your way.

    • Antigen November 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

      Thanks! I’m sure your character-limit petition might’ve helped out… just a bit. Haha

  2. Anafielle November 5, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    You’re a man among men for dropping out for that drake.

    I’m disappointed there aren’t screenshots of the idiot GM there! I wanted to laugh at him. My GM was super nice, so you got the dumb one… bad luck :)

    So glad you got this… and that we are donesies with it!

    • Antigen November 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

      Oh, such screenshots exist, but I didn’t want to openly bash him or her. Fortunately, the “specialist” made up for the first GM’s shortcomings.

  3. Halandir November 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    Grats on the achievement! We just finally got ours this week too, with NDIV as the last one as well.

    So true… better late than never :)

    • Antigen November 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

      Congrats to us both then! NDIV is probably last on everyone’s to-do list for that achievement; it is a pain in the neck! (har har)

  4. Issy November 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Big gratz on the achievement and mount.
    I’m really glad your faith in your guild was rewarded :)

    • Antigen November 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

      Thank you! It’s nice having your faith affirmed, isn’t it? Haha

  5. Chris November 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    I don’t suppose you took screenshots of the conversations with the GMs?

    I really love reading GM chat logs for some reason.

    • Antigen November 9, 2010 at 10:44 am #

      I did, but only with the first GM who was of no use to me. I could post a link after I get home and upload it to the server if you’re still interested?

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