Last night when I was getting valor capped on Anslym I joined into a Zul’aman that was halfway through the trash between the bear boss and the dragonhawk boss. We ran into a little issue when the scout patted behind us and ran screaming like the little bitch he was to the drum to summon reinforcements. We killed him before he summoned the all four so we only had to kill two extra mobs. We did it, no one died, no big deal. We proceeded to the dragonhawk boss and downed him no issue whatsoever. As we were mounting up to do the sprint from dragonhawk platform to, up the stairs, and down to the lynx add. When a notification popped up on my screen. “A vote-kick has been initiated for Gnome warlock, reason being: bad bad bad bad.” The dragonhawk boss was flawless, it wasn’t breaking any records for time but we downed him in good time and we took notice of all the mechanics. I took a look at the warlocks gear, just from an aesthetic standpoint –not actually going up and inspecting them. She had some gear from the Zulroics and her other gear needed work, but we were all there at some point in our WoW careers. I stared at the “accept and decline” options till we got to the lake. I opted to hit decline, the vote kick failed and the warlock stayed with us till we downed the finally boss and she got her 140 valor points along with the rest of us.
You might be thinking, “aw how nice, you did a decent thing.” But the truth is it’s not just with not kicking people. Some people believe in the whole “If it’s red, it’s dead,” policy. I know how much of a nuisance it is to be in the “questing zone” and have someone drop out the blue and gank you and then proceed to camp you. It’s especially annoying when you’re trying to finish up some dailies before class or work and you can’t because you’re being camped. When I go in for the kill I always put myself in their perspective and think how I might be ruining their day. On the other hand, if they attack me first…. it’s on.
Back to the warlock, maybe it’s because I was once the person who needed to be carried, or maybe it’s something else entirely but when the occasion arises, I’m more than happy to carry someone provided they’re actually trying. Same goes for raiding and in-guild issues. I’m more than happy to pass on loot for someone who really needs it, I hope one day they can pay it forward for me. Which links back to karma-clysm. I didn’t kick the warlock for not being up to par because I was going to be running a zulroic on Chmelyk and I didn’t want to be kicked for being subpar and I didn’t. So long story short, the next time you’re presented with the vote kick option think about how you might be affecting someone’s day.
Do you believe in, in-game karma?
As always, thanks for reading.