Today, I did Lei Shen for the 2nd time (first on my mage).
My mage's experience was something like: we wiped 6~7 times before finally being able to accomplish the task of defeating him. Their tanks were a little better geared than mine is.
I come in today on my DK tank knowing what to expect. I've read what to do for the tanking part and watched several videos. Of course, I had to adjust a little. Many people in the raid had never done the fight before (first time through) so I kind of wound up being the designated leader.
The first two fights went fine (Qon and Consorts I believe). After consorts, a lot of people left and we eventually got a new group of people. During this transition, one of the warriors offered to use his LFR macro to explain some of the mechanics of Lei Shen's fight. I asked him if I could borrow his notes to put them in a macro and he said yes.
Before we went to do the fight, I pasted the 4 or 5 macros worth of text and then assigned specific groups to the N/S/E/W areas for the intermission part.
We go to do the first attempt at Lei Shen and end up dying due to too many adds from intermission (predictable first attempt for LFR). The next two times we end up wiping due to groups designated to a specific quadrant dying. I ask the raid what we can do to change some things. Some people offered advice..but one particular hunter offered the following when I told him it took my group around 6 tries to get it the first time through on mage:
"Considering the fact that you are the common denominator in both runs, maybe the problem is you?"
Your average cocky LFR player of course. This guy is from my server, though. Many people tell him to just cram it and, quite honestly, I don't think either of my characters were a cause for wiping that many times. Just a crass insult is all he was going for.
One more attempt (this time, we get to phase 3 but our healers end up dead) and he starts to get rowdy. He then starts to spam votekick on me. Many people say no they want me to stay because I'm the only one offering suggestions or advice/information in chat. It gets to the point where he has attempted to votekick me 13 or so times now and people are getting annoyed. They ask, "Who is doing all the kicking?" and they say, "You know...after 12~13 attempts, the tank isn't going anywhere. Take a hint." I tell them the likely culprit to which he is booted almost instantly after I mention his name. He proceeds to get on his alt and harass me because he's mad he was booted out of a LFR group.
Fine. I can handle one rude player. But then another group, again from my server, starts to pipe up. They say things like "the tank doesn't know the fight mechanics" or "the other tank (not me) is too squishy" and some other things. One player says, "Look at Niflhel's progress: not one normal mode attempt and he's trying to lead a LFR."
I wasn't really trying to lead. Just giving information to people so that we can be better prepared. Not to mention their own progress wasn't too outstanding itself. You can find them pretty easily...just search "Jeubus" while in the Hyjal forums.
Eventually they start mouthing off and when the next pull commences, the disc priest from their guild life grips me to the side of the platform in an attempt to kill me. It doesn't work. I tell her, "Nice try." and put her on ignore.
Again, people at this point are still saying I'm doing a good job, staying positive, and sticking to it.
But I'm not convinced. I tell them, "I will gladly step down for another tank to join if that is what you want. Can you please tell me what I did wrong, though, so that I may improve in the future?" This was more to prove a point than to get feedback because, of course, they didn't give any constructive feedback confirming their backseat driving position.
So while we are having this chat, the other tank pulls (because he appears to just want to finish and also not get me kicked). We eventually get him down at 6 stacks of determination. As far as I know, I don't think I did anything wrong in the raid. My ilevel is a little under for that raid but I've seen people in lower gear tank Lei Shen just fine.
Anyways, I just needed to rant. I don't know how you guys do it...putting up with the tremendous amount of bull!@#$ that you do in LFR. Seems the clutch response is to automatically blame the tank.
I end up telling their mage that he is 4 ilevels ahead of me but does crap for DPS in comparison, I tell the priest that a problem arises when you try to kill you tank purposefully, and I tell their mouthy druid to go complete LFR Consorts/Qon. Their progress seems to be 6/12 for normal MSV and 2/whatever for ToT. Doesn't seem like much to brag about...they might have even PUGed MSV.
How many times do you all run into this type of situation?