Allow me expatiate upon my ordeal this week.
Shortly before Monday’s raid, I realized I had only 1 Flask of Endless Rage. Usually I get someone to craft some for me, but with the price of Frost Lotus at the time, it was cheaper to just pick up 2 on the Auction House for about 38 gold each. So I hopped onto my bank alt, picked up some Flasks.
I logged into Brajana and proceeded to head out to Icecrown to fit in a few dailies before raid time, and then headed to the Citadel. Monday was our night of Professor attempts, so I was pretty excited.
We mowed down the trash quickly, and found ourselves buffing at the Professor’s front door. I looked at my hotbar, where I recently removed a few unused macros and placed some other more often used things (like my Flasks). But what’s this?
Now, if I had left them on my bank alt, Bagnon would have a little line saying something like “Tazdingo (Bags: 2)”. But as far as Bagnon knew, I didn’t have any Flasks anywhere, no alts, no banks.
Oh, I though to myself, I must have forgotten to get them out of the mail.
But there was no little “New Mail” icon on my map.
Oh, I must have opened the mail but not taken the flasks OUT of the mail. Silly me!
So I apologized and quickly hearthed to Dalaran to get them… but my mailbox was completely empty. What the heck?!
I must have left them in my bank alt’s mailbox! What a dummy!
So I apologized again, and quickly logged over to Tazdingo to find… an empty mailbox. Well, it’s clear I did buy them from looking at my gold reserves. Maybe I typed the name wrong when I sent them? Maybe they’ve gotten lost in the mail system? I opened a GM ticket and borrowed a Flask from another raider and went on with the raid night, confused and frustrated.
Wednesday comes around and we’re raiding again. I’d received a response from the GM telling me they couldn’t find my missing mail. After giving up and hoping “Brajan” or whoever I must have accidentally sent the mail to is enjoying their free flasks, I picked up FIVE new flasks and made sure I got them, had them in my bags and was ready to go at raid time. We did a quick Sarth 3D zerg (it was the weekly) and started heading to Icecrown.
That’s when I happened to notice I’ve got the Flask of Endless Rage (52 minutes remaining) buff. Confused (as I didn’t bother to Flask for Sarth), I look at my hotbar again.
BUT THERE WERE FIVE OF THEM!!!
And then it begins to click.
Although there clearly is no indicator of it, maybe that hotbar location is bound to something. So I put something else in that spot (a Red Rose) so that I would KNOW if I somehow hit that button (when it tells me “I can’t equip that with a 2H weapon!”).
Low and behold, we rushed into battle, I sent my pet in and… “I can’t equip that with a 2H weapon!”
Turns out that was the old location of my Hunter’s Mark + petattack macro. However, since that keybinding was set before I installed Bartender, it had no label on it.
Every time I tried to send my pet in to attack something for the last 2 raid nights, I burned a Flask.
I might also add that I took that macro off of my bar because in last week’s raid, I confused it for my just Hunter’s Mark button and sent my pet in to pull Rotface all by himself while we were buffing.
That macro is cursed!