Yes, that is me palamino turning. What is that, I hear you ask? Well, it's a term that Kyxyn had from his days from his hardcore raiding guild which describes keyboard turners. Yes, that is me. I never mouse turn. And it never really came up until today because I never really had to do anything.
Sabre didn't show up for raid on Monday night, and so Raked took his spot. Norushen had a few funny hiccups to start - apparently Asys decided to try healing wearing his enhance gear and didn't realise until just before the second pull. Morz was having some bad connection issues. I was busy chatting to people and I was hanging around just in case, but they didn't need me. Norushen went down but it was messy as poop. Raked landed up with warforged Gloves of the Golden Protector, and Sev got Bracers of Broken Causation. Morz rolled Sash of the Last Guardian.
Anyway onto Sha. Luxy had a family emergency and had to go, so Morz stayed and Asys DPS'd and I came in. I wanted to see this maze that I read about, and I got ported in first go. It really was like pacman! But I failed because I ran into a ghost. Everyone was telling me to mouse turn, and ... I had no idea what they meant. I thought they meant mouse run.
So Xyn wanted me to practice mouse turning, as a laugh. So I was running around with my mouse, and Kyxyn said.. that doesn't look like you're mouse turning, and I realised that I didn't know how to mouse turn (except for click to move and when I jump and face backwards in PvP to typhoon people away from me). Then came the groans of dismay from my raid group.
"OMG, I am going to go and apply to Sanctity* right now..."
"I can't BELIEVE that you have been keyboard turning this WHOLE TIME...."
"How can you PvP without mouse turning?"
"Even my 6 year old daughter is a mouse turner..."
"ZOMG our GM ... is a keyboard turner... all this time... what's that 9 years?"
You get the idea. Even after they explained to me how to do it (use your LEFT button to change where you're facing then click both buttons.....), I struggled with it. I was practicing and Aza said.
"OMG are really doing this? We are in the middle of a heroic raid and we are getting Navi to practice MOUSE TURNING??"
Anyway, the next time I went in, I died instantly because I turned around to try to get a yellow ball and got eaten by a Sha, or ran into a wall. Well, you can imagine the teasing I got then.
"HOW can you die in like ONE SECOND..."
"NEVER turn around! Keep going!"
I was cringing, but I love the idea of the pacman thing and I want to do it again so I can get it right. But you can imagine that EVERYONE in the raid is hoping that I'm not going in there.
We had a few more goes at Sha, with Morz swapping to DPS whilst Asys healed. The two of them did similar DPS but Morz did damage when he was healing since he was Disc, so I put him back to healing and Asys DPSing - besides, with Asys DPSing we got extra buffs for the melee (melee haste) and with Morz DPSing we didn't, as Owl already brought spell haste to the group. Our best attempt was sub 50% but it's pretty intense, and the enrage timer seems generous - it's that final 30% which is gonna be UGLY! I spent the next half hour after raid running around outside the Shrine on the lines practicing mouse turning... but even though I know how to do it, I don't like it, but I guess I should break my 9 year bad habit and keep persisting.
Let the eye rolling begin.
* Guild name changed