Last week, Ignitine was still wearing a quest robe (item level was like, 603 or something), and what I wanted more than anything was a robe that was just a little less embarrassing – that one that Tectus drops would fit the bill real well. Unfortunately, last week’s LFR loot results were as follows:
Kargath Bladefist: Shoes I already had
Everybody else: Gold
I didn’t have any extra rolls, because one of the challenges altoholics have is how we never seem to have quite enough of any one resource to get the full three tokens. Ignitine is still maxing out her garrison buildings, so she’s low on both Garrison Resources and gold (for eff’s sake, why are those plans so expensive!?), and I don’t really PvP unless there’s that ONE perfect transmog item I NEED that cannot be substituted for anything else. But by golly, I wanted to up Ignitine’s gear score and I was fixated on that awful robe, so I finally scraped together enough gold and got myself a shiny token. SWEET, I GOT A TOKEN. TIME TO RUN LFR AGAIN.
The queue finally pops, but then we wipe because they pulled all the trash without tanks. Okay. I’m not upset yet. I’m not gonna leave, I really want to try for that freaking robe. That was just a derp, really, and you gotta assume that LFR is gonna derp (despite how easy it is these days). We get Tectus down, and it’s time for my extra roll squee!
Given the title of this post, I’m sure you know the result.
BUT LO! What’s this!? My followers got a rare mission for a single token! SQUEE! ANOTHER CHANCE! TIME TO DO IT AGAIN!
The queue pops, and we make it to Tectus without wiping. Alas, the tank pulls Tectus too far out of the area and resets him at about 35%. Okay. I’m not upset yet. I’m not gonna leave, I really want to try for that freaking robe. We get Tectus down, and it’s time for my extra roll squee!
Yes. Gold again.
Given that RNG and I are now obviously estranged, this is not a new problem for me. I realize they can’t just hand us loot, or people would moan about LFR being even more of a gift-giving trainwreck than it already is. But it’s like, dude, for the time I put into identifying that low piece of gear as THE PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED, getting the extra token, queueueueueing and killing the boss all the while getting my hopes up that the SOLUTION IS AT HAND – and repeating the whole shebang on multiple alts – that gold just sucks.
After cursing the name of RNG through Mogu’shan Vaults, Heart of Fear, Terrace of Endless Spring, Throne of Thunder and Siege of Orgrimmar, I believe I have enough experience to conclude that the only real protection against dashed hopes is to stop inviting hope in the first place – so no more tokens for me! If they happen to come my way via follower mission, that’s fine. But I’m sure as hell not going to actively pursue getting three tokens per week. The satisfaction of knowing that I did everything possible to improve my gear is nothing compared to the annoyance of knowing I did everything within my power and still ended up with no gear to show for it.
(p.s., I think I rather preferred the ubiquitous bags that you opened rather than looting the bosses, for two reasons – one, you can open on the run, which is important in LFR, and two, you had a small chance of random crap like belts and pets that made the gold seem somehow less stupid.)