I just posted a longish post about concentrating on BG, but... I should mention that one of the reasons we decided last night to really focus on BG rewards is...
My guildmates and I experienced the worst case of ninja looting I've ever encountered in the game, EVAR. To make matters worse it was one of our own guild members, and it was "an accident" so there will be NO penalty at all imposed on the person.
Four guild officers (two of them guild founders, the third is a wife of one of them, and the fourth is me) went on a DM Tribute run with a fifth guildie, whose main is a 59 warlock. Typical of first characters who aren't yet 60, he's soloed most of his way and he's still getting used to dungeon encounters. It's our way of coaching, but we knew this wasn't his FIRST dungeon (the last time, he brought 2 shards with him for example). Still needs reminding about soulstoning and healthstones and whatnot, but with some directional guidance he was doing pretty good. He's specced demonology so he could have a felguard, so his succubus seductions worked relatively well on the ogres and whatnot.
End of the run. We all get our king buffs, and because they were worried about him accidentally clicking Greed on anything, they put the encounter on master looter.
I don't know what happened. I don't know how it's possible. But after the party leader linked the loot to us and we were all sitting there discussing who should have what (the Rod of the Ogre Magi
dropped and my shadow priest was just drooooooling!!), we see that the 59 warlock is picking up EVERY SINGLE F*CKIN' ITEM, both off the King and out of the chest!!!!!!
We're like, "Hey, stop that!"
Well, he wasn't reading party chat. HELLO.
The party leader got so pissed off he hearthed on the spot.
The wife and I start explaining to him what a bad thing he did, and how that is one of the worst acts a character can ever commit in the game. I get a tell from the remaining guild officer, who tells me that the guy knows he screwed up and he feels really bad. I replied that the guy getting to 59 and then auto-looting everything in a tribute run is horrendously bad and that the guy really needed to know that.
Anyway, that pissed me off so much... I could have really used the staff. But oh well, here's to hoping he can make use of it. Just about every item that dropped was usable in some way, but not by the lock.
So far as I'm concerned I'm not planning on grouping with him again. Not for a long time.
In the meantime, I'm going to go play in BG where nobody can ninja any loot, just my insignia when I die. Haaaaahahahaha.
Grrrrr. Still pissed.