This MMO community came together to roast one particular player and I can't stop laughing

Old School Runescape
(Image credit: Jagex)

December 5, 2022 will be forever remembered as the day one MMO player accidentally signed up for the roasting of a lifetime. 

Redditor and Old School Runescape player Appalachias-Hero probably thought nothing of it when they shared their tragic tale with the OSRS community. They'd been killed by a clan of players in the PvP Wilderness while hunting a pet drop from the Chaos Elemental boss, you see, and they posted a screenshot of their dying moments. That screenshot went on to fuel countless memes and in-jokes which represent one of the funniest and most savage roasts I've ever seen in a gaming community, and my face hurts from laughing. 

this_is_how_my_first_chaos_elemental_attempt from r/2007scape

You could not write a scene that better captures the spirit of Old School Runescape or its infamous Wilderness, a free-for-all PvP zone that's still pretty unique among MMORPGs. The Helms of Neitiznot, the blue mystic getup, the smite thrown in with overhead prayers, the Chaos Elemental just happy to be included – this image belongs in a museum. There is no clearer snapshot of this game, this playable time capsule, and the era of gaming it represents.

Appalachias-Hero, or D3M0N SL4Y3R in-game, has become an OSRS icon overnight. Their final words, a hastily typed and misspelled "Pleae" have become an anthem. They are currently the face of the OSRS subreddit, and the jokes are only getting more brutal. 

We've got the stone-cold classics.

killed_this_noob_at_chaos_elemental_today_pleae from r/2007scape

The artist interpretations.   

heres_how_my_first_attempt_at_the_chaos_elemental from r/2007scape
this_is_how_my_first_chaos_elemental_attempt from r/2007scape
pleae from r/2007scape

Then came the cropped images, with barbs that cut deep.

pov_asking_your_wifes_boyfriend_to_buy_you from r/2007scape
pov_trying_to_get_your_zulrah_kill_for_the_diary from r/2007scape
pov_trying_to_pass_the_wizards_by_varrock_for_the from r/2007scape

This goes on and on and on, and the comment sections on each post are pure gold. D3M0N SL4Y3R has reached water cooler status. Every OSRS player has been or will be D3M0N SL4Y3R at some point, so countless players are rallying around his unfortunate tale to riff on OSRS humor and share their own nooby stories. 

Every bone in my body told me to reach out to D3M0N SL4Y3R, the undisputed star of this show. To my immense delight, they actually got back to me.

Despite their bad luck with pkers, D3M0N SL4Y3R was actually quite fortunate at the Chaos Elemental, securing a valuable dragon pickaxe on just their third kill. "It was pretty awesome," they said of their lucky payday. "I’m used to [King Black Dragon] but one day decided that I wanted Chaos pet and 1/300 sounded a lot more convincing even with the higher risk."

On the PvP/PK side of things, I don’t mind or have any issues with it at all


That dragon pick more than pays for their death, which they say only cost them some cheap Proselyte armor and the food and potions in their inventory. That death was worth it for the Reddit post and its aftermath, too.

"The comments are hilarious too, and the memes even better," they said. "My favorite one is the beans," they add, referring to the more abstract post from pkermanbad up above. 

I asked how long they've been playing Old School Runescape, and their history with the game will sound familiar to a lot of players. "I’ve played since '08-ish but lost email to my Yahoo and couldn’t recover," they explain, pulling me right back to my own pre-EOC days of Yahoo logins. "In about 2017 some buddies I used to work with played and got me back into it. And from 2020 to about three months ago I had taken a break." 

Not wanting to waste this invaluable interview time, I also asked about their current goals in the game. OSRS is about creating and overcoming your own challenges, and D3M0N SL4Y3R's roadmap is looking good. They've bumped up their quest points and are now working on boosting their Slayer level so they can take on Abyssal Sire. But they'll keep coming back to the Chaos Elemental in the hopes of getting that pet drop. And despite their death, they say they're still a fan of the Wilderness and wouldn't have it any other way.

"I haven’t really been too involved in the community when it comes to updates, I just ride along and see where things go," they say. "On the PvP/PK side of things, I don’t mind or have any issues with it at all. I think it adds a nice adrenaline rush to whenever you’re in the wilderness, because anything can happen." 

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Austin Wood

Austin freelanced for the likes of PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and he's been with GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a senior writer is just a cover up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news and the occasional feature, all while playing as many roguelikes as possible.