A hypothetical situation and a rant

*Cowritten with my evil mastermind hubby of doom, Chris (he requested this title for himself)

Ok, so this situation is going to seem somewhat weird at first, but stay with me for a moment. Also, I love both dogs and cats, so this is not about preferring one over the other – this post isn’t really about dogs and cats.

So, imagine you have a dog and you have a cat. You’ve had the cat for years and you feel quite a bond with it. It is, of course, a cat, and in being a cat, certain personality quirks it has are inherent, such as independence and possibly a bit of an air of arrogance. You just got the dog, but it’s cute and it seems to love you already.

Now, imagine you’ve come across the tennis ball of all tennis balls. The tennis ball that once belonged to Serena Williams. A great prize, indeed, by all accounts a legendary find. One that you may never get again. You decide that one of your pets deserves this ball (for the sake of this argument, you cannot keep the ball for yourself). Do you give it to the cat or the dog?

On the one hand, the cat has been loyal to you for years. The cat may even enjoy having the ball as part of it’s collection of prized possessions, which also includes 2 golden catnip mice. These golden catnip mice are extremely rare; only a fraction of all the cats in the world have one, let alone 2 of these mice. The cat will rarely, if ever, use the ball, however, so giving the ball to the cat is simply a show of appreciation to the cat. The dog will be quite sad to see that you’ve given the ball to the cat, and even more sad when the cat never uses it. The dog may question your love for him.

On the other hand, you can give the ball to the dog. The dog will use that ball everyday and get soo much joy out of it. The dog will be so thankful to you and will love you even more than he did before. The cat may be a bit pissed that you didn’t give him a gift, too, feeling that you are overlooking his loyalty and dedication to your ongoing companionship. On the other hand, the cat does have those golden catnip mice.

Now then, I have put forth this silly hypothetical situation in order to explain a World of Warcraft story that I read about a week ago, since I’m pretty sure most of the few people who read this blog don’t play WoW. You can read the “official” post about it here. Basically, an extremely rare ranged weapon made for hunters (yet technically minimally usable by a few other types of players) dropped off a boss fight. The group leader gave the weapon to a rogue (the cat from above) in the presence of two hunters (the dogs from above) who didn’t have it yet. The reasoning given was exactly that given above – the hunters were relatively new to the group, so the leader gave the weapon to his loyal cat, who will use this extremely rare, highly coveted ranged weapon of extreme rarity extremely rarely.

To further explain to non-WoW players, a rogue is a close combat class, meaning it does hand-to-hand combat almost exclusively. Typical weapons include small pointy objects like daggers, swords, and humming the theme to “It’s a Small World”. The only time a rogue might use a ranged weapon is to get the attention of an enemy so it comes closer, at which point the bow will be put away in favor of some sort of close combat weapon. The rogue doesn’t even have skills that allow it to use a ranged weapon well over the course of an entire fight. The only practical benefit this weapon has for a rogue are a few stats that are attached to it (stats which could be found elsewhere). A hunter, on the other hand, uses ranged weapons almost exclusively, so this extremely rare, highly coveted ranged weapon is a perfect fit for a hunter. It, in fact, is currently the best weapon in the game for a hunter. A hunter will get a huge benefit from using this, since he uses it all the time as his primary means of damage! Giving the ranged weapon to a hunter is not only good for the hunter, but good for the whole group of friends he fights alongside since having the best weapon in the game will mean he’s doing more damage to help the group.

Giving this ranged weapon to the rogue solely to reward his loyalty to the group is pretty stupid. He has already been rewarded with 2 other equally extremely rare weapons which were actually made for rogues (like those golden catnip mice). At this point, accepting the hunter weapon is not only an act of greed (to possibly be the first in all the people who play this game to have 3 extremely rare weapons), but it is a slap in the face to those hunters in the group. That rogue should be ashamed of himself. This probably seems a bit over the top to anyone reading who doesn’t play World of Warcraft, but as someone who plays a hunter, I feel quite passionately about this.

It just doesn’t make sense to give the ball to the cat in this case.

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