WTS Instant queue 200g PST
So how many people have seen people either buying or selling instant queues in trade? Its a growing trend, and one that I absolutely detest.
Now, how many times have you zoned into a heroic, and instantly seen the tank (or healer occasionally) instantly drop group. Many people attribute this to not wanting to do a particular heroic, but what if you looked up that player, and they came from the same server as someone else from your group.
Coincidence? I think not. Assuming that all US English speaking realms are in a joint pool for LFD, there are 238 realms. The chance of 2 people coming from the same realm is somewhat… low, apparently about 2.5%. Then on top of that, what is the chance that they decided to, innocently, drop for whatever reason? That the person who did drop is the tank? There aren’t many reasons to drop, you don’t like the instance… and thats about it. How many of these tanks are actually tanks? What if you looked up the ‘tank’ up on the armory, and they weren’t actually a tank? A fury/arms warrior perhaps? Are they still to be assumed innocent?
If your interested, the realms are broken down as following;
12 Oceanic realms
12 Mountin (wth is mountain? silly US people)
These numbers were (annoyingly) counted from the wowwiki realm list.
So what does this phenomenon actually do?
First of all, theres the most obvious, when someone drops out first thing occasionally the group will just fall apart. Hello new 40 minute wait.
The second, more subtle, but as far as I’m concerned its far more annoying. With these people choosing to cut the line as it were, they are artificially inflating the DPS queue time.
Picture back (or in if you happen to that age) in college (by colllege I mean the school you do from about 13-18, whatever that is called in the US), the lunch line. What if people could pay that annoying prefect $5 to skip the line? Now you would have to wait for the line + people paying $5. Your time you have to wait goes up, its now the original wait + people who pay. This is exactly what is happening in wow with the DPS queue times. I have to wait through the ‘natural’ queue time (say 30 minutes) and the time for everyone ‘jumping’ the line, say 10 minutes, to come to our actual queue time of 40 minutes, and then we have to wait another up to 5 minutes on top of that for a new tank. Do.Not.Want.
In fact with 10 man raid groups becoming ever more prevalent, there should be more tanks and healers all around. Typically the ratios of people available in specific roles for 5mans were driven by 25mans raids. There were far less tanks than there were DPS. In a average 25man you had a ratio of 1:2:5 roughly of tanks:heals:dps, while 10mans maintain a balance more like 1:1.5:2.5 (or with 2 healers 1:1:3, perfect!). Tanks were in less demand for raiding in previous expansions, so there were less to go around for 5man groups, that is changing, so why haven’t the queues changed to reflect that?
How wide spread is this instant queue selling phenomenon? I don’t honestly know, and I doubt anyone does. But how many times have you zoned into heroics only to have either the tank or healer instantly drop? What if 99% of those times were people dropping because they had fulfilled their job of shortening that DPS’s queue, and made a quick 200g in the process?
I’m now getting to the stage where if I ask you, and you admit to it, I’m going to try and vote kick you, if I’m really having a bad day and it looks like you’ve paid for the queue maybe I’ll just try to vote kick you anyway. I’ll look the tank up and do my due diligence, consider it done if they don’t actually have a tank spec.
Perhaps I’m just bitter from that day when I ended up going through 3 40 minute queues (ok, theres no maybe about it, I’m bitter) because someone decided to leave, and then the group fel apart. But what do they care? The healer just has to sit through another 4 minute queue, and one of he guilty people will pay for another instant queue. The tank is happy, hes going to come away with 400g for the day for 2 instant queues, and the 2 DPS who get shafted? Moar 40 minute queues.
If I were to step back for a minute, and make a suggestion for blizzard.I would suggest adding in some detection for people who constantly drop group upon entering a instance, and perhaps find a way to penalize them. Perhaps reduce the valor point return for the random dungeon, or just prevent them from queuing up in a group. The latter idea seems the best, the former wouldn’t actually hurt anyone who didn’t need/want valor points, however the latter blocks them from continuing the trend, but won’t actually prevent them from gaining gear through valor points.