FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – Salty Void Ark Black Mage


I don’t know what it is about DPS in FFXIV lately. I know I grouched about healers being rough on me, but lately, the DPS have really been dropping the ball. Ignoring mechanics, then getting nasty when things don’t go right for the party.

I started seeing this back during my Alex 1 runs. But I hear the new Alex raid can be really bad in Duty Fider, and Void Ark is slowly tipping that way, too. Sometimes you get a really awesome group (like we did Tuesday night). But sometimes… ugh… don’t want to talk about last night. I’ll blog about that later.

So today’s Tale from the Duty Finder is not actually my own. My duo partner, Syn, was so amused by the concept of this series that she’s started recording bad DF runs and stories to share. Yesterday, I got to work and was greeted with a string of texts telling the story of a very salty Black Mage in a late night Void Ark run she’d done on her healer, Zeb.

I asked her permission to post the following text conversation, which has been slightly edited for quality assurance. She also provided the actual salty transcript, which I will be sharing at the end of the post for your entertainment.


Place: Void Ark 24 Man Raid

Time: Really late at night

The following are texts from Syn to me. 







Actual Salty Transcript




  1. Yikes. I really hope this doesn’t spread to the rest of the community. And I’m with the Bard: If you’re going to ignore mechanics and stand in AOEs, you can’t blame the healer when you go down.

    Especially if said healer keeps tossing Raises at you afterward.

    Syn is much more gracious than I. I’ve been known to ignore DPS who continually pull threat or ignore AOEs. If they’re on the floor, I don’t have to worry about them messing up the fight. 😉

    • Aywren

      Haha… same. That’s my precious MP going to someone who can’t stop dying. It’s better used elsewhere, IMHO! XD

  2. Don’t waste your mana on a rez in Void Ark — that’s what Summoners are for 😉

    I’ve seen 1st hand how bad dps can break a fight. 1st time I really noticed it was doing final boss on Vault. Guy was so bad taking unnecessary damage that the healer’d go OOM trying to keep him up (and rezzing him too). After 2 or 3 wipes, that dps player rage-quit the group due to the “sucky tank and healer.” Another dps popped in who was actually competent and we finished the fight no problem, healer was still at 2/3 mana when done, and no one ever got anywhere close to dying that time.

    • Aywren

      You mean “that’s what GOOD Summoners are for.” I rarely see PUG Summoners rez, to be honest. They’re there for the DPS only. :/

    • Aywren

      It feels good to get these stories off our chest. XD

  3. That definition and etymology of “salty” seems extremely baroque to me. In the context I have been hearing it for the last year or two, mostly in GW2’s WvW and sPvP scenes, it’s generally linked directly to anything the user thinks has made or will make another player QQ. The salt is the salt from their tears. Often people using “salty” will refer to the tears directly.

    I wonder if these aren’t in fact two entirely separate expressions with different meanings but similar contextual applications that are being conflated or confused?

    • I’d always thought the original slang use came from referring to how… rough sailors stereotypically are. It’s probably a matter of people hearing the older use and ending up creating their own meaning for it, at a guess.

      (Looks like Dictionary.com has “U.S. slang sense of “angry, irritated” is first attested 1938 (probably from similar use with regard to sailors, “tough, aggressive,” attested by 1920), especially in phrase jump salty “to unexpectedly become enraged.””)

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