Redirect (immediate interrupt, when targeted by a melee or ranged attack; at-will)The tower clay scout makes an attack against the attacker; +4 vs. Will; the triggering attack targets a creature adjacent to the tower clay scout instead (as chosen by the clay scout).
So, after having 2 attack redirected into the face of the fighter, I made the announcement to ready attacks for the beginining of the creature's turn. Teammates didn't understand until the fighter dropped. He was saved by an immediate interupt to kill it before the damage. Now, the DM then said he didn't like the rules lawyering to get around the system. That it was against RAI. I claimed that while yes, it is a little annoying, it makes sense thematically. If you realize something has a defence mechanism in place that it can't use while it's busy, you wait until it's busy. The session then ended as we killed the last of the lurkers and rather than the normal 20 minutes RP that happens, the DM was quick to exit map tools and leave for the night.
While I can understand the DM's frustration, I've been in that seat before, it seems he was frusturated that his players we're nerfing his creatures, not that we were trying to cheese out. Also, if he hadn't gotten upset about it, the game would not have slowed down any, as the strategy would have been implememnted and followed as opposed to everyone talking about it for 10 minutes.
So, how does one deal with this situation? As a player, do I accept the fact that some monsters will simply make me stab myself? Do I fight for my right to ready actions and play the system? Is there really a happy middle ground?
Also, one of the players was quick to say "It's the DM's game, he makes the rules", something I've often reminded players of while DMing a game. I said that it's true, he can make any rules he wants, but as a player, I'd like him to just admit the fact he is going against the rules in the book. It's not as simple as saying the uber build is banned or a certain feat is broken, it's taking the mechincal bits of the system and making an exception. As a player, I find it unfair that a reasonable solution I've found is being disallowed. As a DM, I would say that it's a bad ability and shouldn't be used again, or limit it to a recharge power.
I'll be honest, I was annoyed and fely it was handled sloppily. I'm just curious as to how other people think it should be handled, and if they agree with me or my DM.