Based on only anecdotal evidence and no basis in fact whatsoever I bring you a tin foil hat edition of creating your own luck in game.
Is it possible to create your own luck in game?
Tin Foil Hat Theory # 1: Name:
Some people believe the name of the character effects their luck directly and I might even be inclined to think they are on to something. One poster to a topic about me having no luck with the RNG came up with the concept that the name of your character might make a difference in your luck in game. Could this be true?
They had mentioned that they have a character with the same name on two different servers, and that character is unlucky. Yet all their other characters seem to at the least be half and half. Another poster mentioned they experienced the same thing. Three characters all with the same name on different servers seem to win everything. The loot they need always drops and they always win it, while all their other characters have absolutely no luck in any case.
From my own experience I think they might be right. My main has a long and storied history of being unlucky. Not just unlucky winning things but unlucky with drops. Things he needs will not even drop unless there is someone else in the group that can win it and if they roll need too he will lose it. For example, the trinket in the jade serpent. I've run it a fair amount and only seen it drop once. A monk won it that once. When I would get into it and I look at who is in the group and see no agility users I am happy thinking if it drops it is mine, it never dropped. The one and only time I was ever in there with an agility user it drops and they win it. Blame my characters name.
My shaman however is the exact opposite. I win everything. Even if I do not need it I win it. A lock box drops and everyone hits greed, it is mine. One of the darkmoon quest items drops I win it. Orbs, back when they dropped, mine every time. Anything people hit disenchant on, those materials are mine also. She wins everything and not only that she has the luck of gear drops as well. More than any of my other characters, if she needs something, it will usually drop.
Many people have reported similar things where one character just seems to be lucky and others are not, perhaps it is all in the name of the character. It seems like it might be possible. So we might need to do some research on what names are lucky and perhaps a name change can help you make your own luck.
Tin Foil Hat Theory #2: Reload UI:
I first heard of this one roughly three years ago reading a blog about making gold. It suggested that when prospecting, milling, disenchanting, making items that could proc, anything of that sort, that reloading your UI could help your luck with getting procs or more good items from what you are prospecting, milling or disenchanting.
I always chalked this one up to just giving people the "feeling" they are doing better, that is really did not make any difference. But over the years I have seen many people mentioning it here and there in passing. It wasn't until recently that I started to think seriously that it might really be possible.
I wrote a post a few weeks back out the weird critical strikes people are getting. Same person, same gear, same shot, one cirts for 60K and the next for 160K. Why? Then someone said something in guild that made me think. You see, they are a hunter as well and while we always do close to the same I was usually a hair above him. This expansion I am usually below. We had run some dungeons together, in roughly the same gear and we noticed that on average, his critical strikes were roughly double what mine always were. We were doing the same rotation in the same gear but when I was doing 60K he was doing 70K. He didn't suddenly get better, his critical strikes just hit harder than mine do, even in the same or lesser gear.
When he mentioned that he keeps reloading his UI until he gets better luck it made me think. How exactly do you figure that out? He loves to rare hunt, he flies around all day long killing rares. If he kills a rare and does not get the bonus goodies, like bags, from them he reloads his UI. He said that he has found doing that helps his luck and the 30+ bags he collects per day had me thinking maybe there is something to it, he does seem to get a ton of those bags each day.
So yesterday I decided to see if I could reload my UI to get higher critical strikes, figuring maybe the reason he is getting better crits is because he reloaded into luck with the bags and it carried over.
I picked a dummy, and did a few shots on it, took one skill to focus on as it should be steady, kill command, and after attacking until I had 10 critical strikes and a high critical strike of 68K I reloaded UI and tried it again and again and again until I got what shocked the hell out of me. I worked the dummy for while, until I had 10 critical strikes, and my high critical strike was 212K and my low was 154K. More than double my high crit originally. I did not change gear between tries, there has to be some reason why I am critting for more now that is all based on luck as it surely is not a gear or skill issue when I am wearing the same gear and only hitting one skill every few seconds.
Now lets go do some dungeons. The numbers I was pulling were insane, I was doing near 20K more than I normally do on bosses. Sure dungeons are not the perfect place to try this, but it seems luck was with me. Could it be the reload ui trick that did it or was I just on a lucky streak that happens to all of us once in a blue moon and it is just all coincidence. But that still does not explain why my critical strikes were leaps and bound higher than they normally are. Perhaps there is something to it.
It is not only for hunting rares or creating massive critical. As I mentioned, many people for a long time use the reload ui method while crafting. If you have an elixir master and are planning on making a nice stack of 100 flasks, get yourself a good boost of luck first. Make one at a time, if you do not proc, reload. Once you come back and proc on the one you make, make the rest and watch your procs go crazy.
I've tried it, it works. Or does it? Maybe it just "feels" like it is working. Can reloading your UI really help your luck or is it really just dumb luck. No one knows for sure but from the outside looking in, it might help you in making your own luck to reload your UI once in a while when you are feeling a little unlucky.
Tin Foil Hat Theory # 3: Stacking the Deck:
Have you ever noticed that when doing raids or dungeons that the only thing no one in the group needs will always drop? That is because the game is designed that way. RNG my butt, as some people say, the game takes into account the people in the group and the less likely you are to need an item for the group make up the more likely it is to drop.
We have all heard the stories from every raid team on the face of the earth. Your raid team only has one person the paladin / priest / warlock token, congrats to them and their five piece set after one run because that will be the only token you ever see. No holy paladins, every single boss will drop a piece of plate with intellect on it, that is for sure. If your group consists of two druids, a mage, a DK and two rogues, you better hope you can get offset pieces with valor because that tier piece will never drop and on the rare occasion it does there will be 6 people to roll for it.
So many people relay stories exactly like this, so is it possible that there is something to it? It seems to work the same with BoP patterns in raids. If a blacksmith BoP pattern drops from the raid and there are no blacksmiths in the raid expect to see a lot of them. If there are a few, expect to see none.
So why not stack the deck. Be the one paladin / priest / warlock in the group and not only will you have no one to roll against for tier tokens but the likelihood of your token dropping will go up. Be the only blacksmith and the patterns are all yours and will be more likely to drop than if there were four in the group.
Like I said, we all have our nightmares about the drops but sometimes you just need to think there has to be something more to it. Ever have the shield drop every week when the tanks were a druid and a DK but never if there was a paladin and a warrior tanking? It seems to always happen that way.
So maybe you can make your own luck being the only one in a raid that can use certain things. Who knows?
Do you think there is any merit to any of this or is it all just wild coincidence? It could go either way but if you really want to play the chance there might be something to it, change your name to a name you see on the forums that seems to win everything, reload your UI until you are getting higher crits and then make a 25 man raid that only you can win a certain type of gear or pattern in and you are all set for the luckiest game day of your life.
Make your own luck, if you believe any of these, it is possible.
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