Hey there, and welcome to another installation of Rogue Reasoning. This week I am going to cover a couple of definitions that i feel many players seem to use incorrectly.
Gank, Ganker, or Ganking:
This is probably the most common word used to describe a Rogue’s actions in PvP. Usually, people complain using this term when you come up and kill them while they are questing or just hanging around PvP flagged. I don’t know about my other rogue brothers, but in my opinion if I see a flagged Alliance or vice-versa, I will most likely attempt to kill it, regardless of grouped buddies or guards in the area.
Let me tell you something, if you are at max level and you are killed by another max level, it is not Ganking, it’s PvP. If you get killed while you are at low health after a fight, or while fighting other mobs, or even if they have 2-4 buddies, that is still not Ganking, it is strategy. As I have posted before about this, fighting fair is a misconception. There are no fair fights to be had in the open world, so one must stack the deck in their favor.
Ganking only applies when the killer is at least 3 levels higher than the deader at max level, or 5 levels higher while leveling (values are subjective, but those are my approximations). In this case, feel free to complain of being ganked.
Ah, ninja, the role model for the rogue. In feudal Japan, ninja were trained in espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and assassination. They were the antithesis of the Samurai, who based combat on honor and respect. They did what had to be done in order to get the job done and win.
Sorry, tangent there, what I want to cover is what a Ninja is in Warcraft. With the new patch out, I have heard many complaints start up again about so called ninjas in PuGs. Let me start out by saying that my definition of Ninja dates back to Vanilla. Back then, a ninja would try to take every item or piece of gear he could to vendor or auction. Blizzard has made great strides since those days to cut back on this sort of problem and I feel that they have succeeded.
Let me put out my current definition of Ninja: One in a group who uses master loot in order to work around pre-stated or poorly worded loot rules.
What is not ninja: Needing for off spec in a Pug, needing on a BoE now (this is just stupid now that it goes soulbound in LFD)
This might surprise you rogues, since we are not on the taking end of off spec rolls since we only damage (but do it darn good), but I don’t label this ninja. Sure, I might be frustrated, but it is not the action of a ninja and I will not call it such. The only times I worry about ninja looting is when I Pug raids in current content or old world transmog runs now. Since I only ever go in guild or lead them myself (in the majority of cases), I have not called anyone a ninja except in praise for awesome roguish moves for a long time now.
In summary, please think twice before continuing the incorrect usage of these gaming terms as it dilutes the true nefariousness of these actions. Thank you for your time and please let me know your opinions as well in the comment section.