Super-Ego – Not What Freud Meant
June 21, 2010 17 Comments
I was in the process of writing up a piece on various guild-related topics – applying, recruiting, and the like – but then I came across a site which I find absolutely ridiculous, and begging for immediate comment:
I speak, of course, of Landsoul’s Coaching.
For those who aren’t yet familiar, I do highly encourage checking it out… for a good laugh, if nothing else.
Now, before I start, don’t get me wrong: Landsoul is obviously an incredibly intelligent person. You can’t put together one of the most complex class spreadsheets in existence without a high level of mathematical proficiency, nor can you write a novel about your spec without a vast reservoir of knowledge and experience to tap into. He knows warriors better than probably anyone else out there, Blizzard employee or otherwise, and has been at the top of PvE progression for ages.
He’s an exemplary player, there’s no question about it. And what he does with his time is his own business, and if he can get people to willingly pay him for a piece of that time, then by all means, go capitalism.
But, honestly, the whole thing is just a tad bit ridiculous.
There’s so much wrong with it, I don’t even know where to start!
First off, I’m sorry, but this game is not that complicated. Yes, if you want to write your own simulators or be able to calculate the amount of dps gained with an upgrade by your own hand, then yeah, it takes a fair amount of knowledge, but generally speaking? It’s pretty simple stuff, really, and if you don’t know how to play a spec or don’t understand why you’re supposed to play a class a certain way, there’s plenty of free resources – EJ being first among them – which will tell you all you need to know and then some. Why would people pay for stuff they can get for free?
Secondly, although I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a healthy ego, this whole thing is just slightly pretentious. He’s not that good. There’s plenty of warriors – Kaywarrior and Negiva, for instance – who are just as talented. There’s nothing that awe-inducing about his performance. Top 100 dps isn’t that great, honestly. Why would people pay for someone who isn’t actually the best?
Third, no one can make you a smarter player but you. Others can make you a more knowledgeable player, sure: they can teach you rotations, point out flaws in your armory, tell you how to gear, share encounter-specific tricks, but they can’t teach you to react to the unexpected – which is what being a good player is all about. Others can only help you improve so much – to be truly competitive with the best, you’re going to have to be able to think on your own, and a coaching service which encourages you to rely on another isn’t that conducive to such.
I could go on and on, but as I said at the start, if people are happy to pay Landsoul for this service, and both sides are happy, then excellent. Who am I to judge?
But I’m of the belief that no player out there is so dim-witted whereas they need a paid service and no player is so amazing that they’re worth paying for such a service.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of people out there who could be performing better than they currently are. In fact, the vast majority of players could be. But if you want to improve your play, there are plenty of free ways of doing so. There’s EJ which, despite its flaws, is an excellent source of information, and which has at least a couple players of each class who are voluntarily helping others out – be it by maintaining a thread, writing a spreadsheet, or programming a simulator. There are numerous sites – from the specific, such as Pwnwear, to the more general, such as Tankspot – which have their own repositories of information and helpful communities to help aid you in your play. There’s plenty of capable players in top guilds who will happily answer the random question or two, provided you ask politely. There’s even the official forums which, although loosely moderated, have hordes of people who will happily tear apart your armory for you, if you don’t mind the insults!
The fact is, if you want to be better, there’s plenty of ways in which to improve which don’t cost a dime and are at least equal to, if not superior than, paying some decent-but-not-godly guy to tell you what you can just read up on elsewhere.
I’m not sure if this is the first service of it’s kind, but I do hope it’s the last.
If you’re a DK, and you have some questions which aren’t covered in my thread, want your armory critiqued, or just wish to talk to someone who may be somewhat more experienced than yourself, I will happily help you out in such areas, provided it’s asked in a legible manner. Add me on MSN or drop me an email. I’ll even hop on a vent if you so desire, time permitting.
But whatever else, please god, never pay someone for such junk. Not for a game. Not for WoW.