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8-28-2008 @ 10:14PM
My server suffers from the very common problem of having a tank shortage. Healers are somewhat more common though. Even so, I found it was far more difficult for me to find heroic pugs on my tankadin than it was with my hunter. I've only got a little bit of Kara gear but without time to raid it's hard to get him in epics without running heroics. He's uncrushable in the gear he's got, but most groups still won't take him because he hasn't got 14k hp+. Consequently I play my hunter a lot more.If I'd like to do a Heroic with my hunter I usually try to start with the daily and join the LFG for that instance. Than I look to see what other instances have people queued for them and join those queues too. I often add a note that I'm willing to join other groups too in case anybody is looking around.Then find something else to do for a while. Do your dailies. Level fishing. Snipe the auction house for good deals. Just make sure you don't go afk. Usually I'll get a whisper for somebody who needs dps for their group within an hour, but if you're not there to reply to their tell immediately they'll look for somebody else.The last thing I do is once I join the group, I inspect the other people in the group, especially the tank and healer. I'm not generally looking for gear, although it's important. I check out their talent specs. You can often tell a good or bad player by their spec. If a tank has points thrown about randomly in three talent trees, or the healer has blindly thrown all of their talents into the resto/holy tree without considering the other options that would benefit him, then think twice about going any further. The group could do stellar so give it a chance, but if you wipe on trash before the first boss that's generally a sign to get out while you can. Leave before you get saved to the instance and you can try again with a different group.The last thing is that once you've finished the daily, if it goes well ask the other players if they want to stay grouped and do another instance. If at least the tank and healer stay you'll have no problem picking up dps. Even if they hadn't planned to run another instance, they'll have a hard time resisting another easy three or four badges.
8-28-2008 @ 10:07AM
Unfortunately there is a lot of ignorance over the health of a tank. Within reason, I am not really concerned about the health of the tank (though I do usually aim for around 11K as a minimum for a heroic). As a healer my primary concern is that the tank has enough defence to be crit immune. I have occasionally been in heroic groups where people have invited an 'imba tank' (they knew he must be imba because he had over 15K health). Having massive amounts of stamina means nothing if you haven't got enough defence to be uncrittable. I guess it's a matter of personal preference, but I would far rather run a heroic with a 11K pally tank (with at least 200-250 spell damage for threat) than a 15-20K warrior or bear tank.
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