I did claim a Surtur years ago, in the heyday of Soj3. It was mostly because I was basically forced into leading the zone after an unnamed person decided they didn't want to lead it after practically forming the group. Also, because as a leader I felt that the need for !summon eq was important for me, just as sense life is. I also felt horrible for doing it, and I know it upset more than one group member. However, I would do it again, especially if it came to a scenario similar...for example, leading Tiamat. If I were to lead Tia, I'd sure as hell claim item the first time I led it, because of the sheer amount of effort undertaken to make such an endeavor a success.
In that regard, the Surtur was the only time I've ever claimed an item, unless you count final fights of quests (Oakvale, magebane, etc...).
However, that's neither here nor there. There's enough of us playing goodies that we could easily form full-evil groups from time to time and roll zones. So...why don't we? I know most of Scions and Imphras both have perfectly capable (maybe needing skill practice) evils ready to zone. I'll be the first to admit I miss playing my warrior. I miss leading zones. In that same vein, I also miss having competent groups that could do zones other than inane crap.
That's why I stopped leading, and stopped playing my evil. Not because I wanted to. It was becoming an enormous, stress-filled accomplishment to finish any zone without some sort of BS...whether it be a spank caused by someone's idiocy, spank-crash, or eq-greedy people complaining about a split.
So sure, you can ask me to lead. I'll probably be inclined to say no, but you can't ever say I didn't try my hardest to keep evils alive and zoning for as long as I could, even when the other leaders where MIA or had already "converted".
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Why Nerox is jealous of me:
Nerox tells you 'man this thing is kicking my ass and i have blisters!'
Nerox tells you 'ok attempting it again put tape on my fingers for easier sliding'