It’d been ages since I’d done any arena – especially 2v2. It was a lot of fun.
I grouped up with one of my long-time in-game compadres, for a BM Hunter / Elemental Shaman 2v2 burstfest. We did alright…well…actually, no…we pretty much sucked.
My partner was undergeared, still wearing some greens and blues, but even worse were my blowits. >_<
After about our fifth loss, I was really starting to wonder why my Scatter Shot seemed so ineffective, and how come my Wing Clip wasn’t slowing anyone. I suddenly realized I’d forgotten that I’d removed those skills from my action bars and replaced them with emotes.
Let me explain…
The other day I was putting together an ‘announcement / rally the troops’ post for a new guild site I began his week. In an effort to add a little character and passion to the article, I accompanied it with a few screenshots of me doing various emotes. I put the emotes in my action bars and turned my interface off so I could just tap the action bar buttons to get the screen shots. I put /roar on Button1 and /shrug on Button2 — Button 3 was a Flagon of Mead. Normally in those slots I have: Wing Clip, Raptor Strike and Scatter Shot.
Problem was…I forgot to return the skills to my action bars. 😉
As a result, I was running around in arena like a jackass, roaring with bestial vigor and trying to drink all my Flagons of Mead. Occasionally when trapped in melee, my opponents would get a shrug from me as well.
I’m not one to watch chat if I happen to be on Skype, which we were, so I was unaware of my shenanigans. Meanwhile, my partner is silently scratching his head wondering why I keep roaring at our opponents. A few of our opposing players even started spitting on me.
Anyway, when I realized what I had done, I was full on headdesk. But I was laughing at myself as well. We were mainly queueing for Conquest points and some fun, so it was no biggie. Needless to say, our win percentage went up once I addressed my ‘head-in-ass’ condition.
Part of the reason I missed this is because I started hiding my action bars while out of combat. While in combat, I tend to watch for only a couple of the longer cooldowns, so I wasn’t even paying attention to those three abilities. The other thing that maybe caused me to be a bit oblivious to this would have been the Sailor Jerry and Dr. Pepper that I had been enjoying. One gets mighty thirsty when PvP’ing.
Anyway… upon realizing my noobish maneuver, I quickly swapped my skills back in and we started handling teams a bit better. It’s amazing that we actually beat 4 teams without Wing Clip, Scatter Shot and one other thing… I had Spirit Mend off autocast, and had been neglecting to manually cast it. The rust was heavy last night.
At any rate, we finished the evening at 8-8, and my partner and I each earned a shiny new piece of Conquest gear. 🙂
So there ya have it…Great Moments in Hunter PvP History!