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3-13-2008 @ 5:07PM
Another excellent perspective on the issues with tanking in general. I particularly agree that hybrid tanks feel used for 10-mans and left behind on 25-man bosses. Where I disagree is how to fix it. Hybrids generally say "make us more viable in end-game." I (a prot pally) say "Make warriors more viable before the end-game." Personally, I think tankadins have made DPS characters very sloppy lately. Waiting for sunders is not just a command to wait ten seconds. It's a command to watch your threat, which most DPS don't understand if they always run with a pally main tank.Our survivability is always an issue too. Mostly, we can tank anything, but it's extraordinarily difficult to recover when things go south if your tank is not a warrior. That gives warriors the job on progression content.I think the primary problem lies hidden amongst all the talk. Tanking is usually a thankless job. There are no tanking meters to top. It's always our fault when we wipe. Our repair bills are insane, and it's very difficult to farm enough to do more than cover those repairs and raid consumables unless you play for hours on end every day.My guild understands all these issues and helps ALL the tanks with anything they need so that the tanks will help THEM by staying prot. We are an oddity though. Normally, the only thanks a tank gets is first choice at new gear and center spot in the screenshots. When the rewards for tanking are that minimal, it is very easy to get possessive of your raid spot.
3-13-2008 @ 5:19PM
of course there is a tanking meter...its called the threat meter! if you can rack up the threat we will applaud you for it! woot!
3-13-2008 @ 6:43PM
I've been tanking for a LOOOONG time and not once have I ever heard "nice threat gen," or "thanks for tanking"
3-13-2008 @ 8:13PM
I will admit that, for the first time since I rolled my pally, I actually had someone say in a raid the other day "Holy crap, I can't believe I can't pull anything off you. I've usually had tio vanish by now. Your threat is sick." Considering it was a BT level rogue and I'm in ZA and badge gear, it felt pretty good.Then he flew away on his epic mount and I looked at my 12 gold and cried.
3-13-2008 @ 9:48PM
Poddo, I'm deeply sorry I have never pugged with you. I regularly thank my tank for leading the party. Sometimes it's "thanks for the tanking" sometimes "thanks for leading the party" and sometimes "Wow, that was some spectacular tanking there."Maybe I'm a rarity because I've actually tanked some myself. Not seriously into heroic content, but I've done the 70s as a warrior and I've levelled a bear to 50 or so, pugging as tank all the ay. But I want to say many others I have played with have done similarly. Maybe they were just following my lead?Then again, I pretty actively maintain lists of great players and great losers and reunite with the former and avoid/ditch the latter.If a tank actually does me a favor like tanks a group quest or specifically comes to tank some dungeon I've been running 30 times for that stupid idol that won't drop, I usually try to thank them in a few stacks of super healing potions. They usually won't accept, but sometimes do. Should I be using something tastier?
3-13-2008 @ 11:35PM
i make a point of discussing threat generation with our warrior tank - maybe not cheerleading his threat generation, but making sure he knows what he's doing that's keeping me from taking his aggro away. and yeah, if he puts 10k more threat on a boss than i can generate, i'm going to congratulate him. i ride his butt at 95-105% all the time, so every tick of threat is a tick of DPS i can lay down.maybe our guild is weird, but we are all intently aware of just how good our MT is. he's the "heard he once made a mistake" guy.
3-14-2008 @ 9:01AM
As a bear, threat typically isn't an issue. I just tell everyone to make sure to look for the mangle debuff (I do miss now and again >.< not a lot of +hit) and then go nuts. There are situational things that I make others aware of (like last night in heroic Slave Pens there is a two pull that typically stuns me at some point, so I need to make sure they are aware of that if it happens early) but typically threat gen is no problem for us furry folk.
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