This warlock named KanyePest runs up to me and whispers, "lolret is so easy to play. it's sooooo easy. lol"
... so, then we're staring at each other in awkward silence, because I have no idea how to respond to his remarks. He doesn't know what else to say either.
I was speechless, not because I was offended in any way, but because I really didn't know what I was supposed to say. If I just knew where he was going with this, we could have held a perfectly normal, healthy conversation.
Maybe he wanted to play Let's Blurt Out Random Obivious Statements and he envisioned a conversation like this:
"Lolret is easy!"
"Uhm...bacon is delicious!"
"Megan Fox is hot!"
"Errrrm...puppies are cute!"
"Uh... uh... damn, you win."
Maybe he was trying to illicit a nerdrage-imbued statement of defense so he can laugh at me:
"No! You are a liar! Retribution Paladin is delightfully complex and intricately stimulating class! You don't even understand!"
In that case, he just picked a wrong ret pally. He should have spoke to the guy named Frog on this forum. Because, I didn't feel inferior or insecure or anything.
For the sake of discussion, let's assume that playing ret is like riding a bicycle and playing warlock is like piloting Boeing 757 with flashing dashboards all over the place.
If a random pilot walked up to Kevin Robinson, the BMX Mega Ramp World Record Holder, and said, "Riding bicycle is soooo easy. My 6-yr-old niece can ride it too. lol", do you think Kevin Robinson would be offended? Like, even a little bit?
Anyone can ride a bicycle, but only Kevin Robinson can do stuff with a bicycle that you thought humans weren't allowed to do on a bicycle.
Anyone can faceroll a ret pally to 4k dps; only the SupaFlyRetPally can pull 540 Double Flairs and make children believe in magic.
When somone walks up to you to specifically diss the ease of [Your Class/Spec] mechanics, what is the proper response?
A) Yes... and?
B) Yes. You know what else is easy? Using chopsticks. Even white people can eat california rolls with chopsticks... but, only the Shaolin Grand Master Chopstick Specialsts can catch mosquitoes in mid-flight with chopsticks. Think about it.
C) Yes, I already know. Why do you hurt me?
D) Bacon is delicious!
E) No! You are a liar! [My Class/Spec] is delightfully complex and intricately stimulating! You don't even understand!"
I didn't say anything mean to him, because I figured the guy's Emotional Quotient is so low that the concept of Conversation Rituals eludes him. He's like that poor baby monkey who was raised by humans, so he has no clue how to interact with other monkeys.
You can't just walk up to another monkey and start grooming hair. The Alpha Monkey will disapprove of such display of lack of social graces and fuck you up. You gotta follow the rituals, man: "Hey buddy, how are you? Mind if I pick on your back hair a little bit?"