There is a post this morning on WoW Insider about an Area 52 Horde guild raiding Sunwell Plataeu where the legendary bow Thori’dal the Star’s Fury dropped and instead of rewarding it to one of the two hunters in the guild, the raid leader instead gave it to a rogue because he had been raiding with the guild longer.
I feel bad for the two hunters. You can read the forum about this topic here and here.
Guild leader of Vicarious posted a message explaining his reasoning for the rogue getting it here.
But Kharhaz makes two statements that are puzzeling. First he says: “I made the decision knowing (unless by some ungodly act of RNG) that the other two hunters would get the bow within a reasonable amount of time and surely before the expansion so they can level without ammo. In order to achieve what we have at such a fast pace, our loot council has always had raid utility as its primary objective.”
Then in the next paragraph he wrote: “Similarly, it wasn’t based on utility, for those who actually thought I gave it to Analogkid so he could stand back and deadly throw his way to victory.”
The reasons the rogue got the legendary bow was due to long term service to the guild, whereas the two hunters were members since June – BUT – shouldn’t that be for weapons that he’ll actually use? Like swords, maces, daggers, etc.? Rogues can “use” bows, yes – but we don’t use them much. Normally we just use them when we’re out and about farming and instead of sneaking up on a mob, we just shoot it and have it come to us. The other 97% of the time the ranged weapon just sits in our pocket. And when do rogues ever use ranged weapons in raids? The main benefit for the rogue having it is to have it. It’ll just be a status symbol for him to flaunt. In fact to a rogue, the bow is a glorified trinket.
If you look at the stats on Thori’dal, it just gives you +17 Agility (not much) +34 Attack Power (not especially outstanding) and +16 Crit Chance (PVP thrown weapons give you more). The real benefit and power of the bow is its damage, the fact it does not require ammo and the increased attack speed that comes with it. Hunters benefit the most from this bow because they’re bread and butter is ranged strikes like Auto Shoot and Steady Shot, we Rogues have no such abilities. We are close range DPS. Hunters won’t need to use a bag slot for ammo anymore, Rogues never use ammo bags.
I don’t see how the guild benefits from this decision. If you were to make a list of Pros and Cons of this decision, Cons would fill the page.
I think common sense is lacking from the Vicarious guild. And considering all the hubbub they’re getting from the rest of the WoW community this is probably a decision that will haunt them for the time being.