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10-05-2008 @ 3:10AM
The best way to start learning raid leading is to run with a trusted and experienced assistant leader for a while, who can take over more difficult or time consuming duties such as explaining fights or positioning while you get used to the job and the dungeon. And, as the poster above me stated already... while somehow, these days, a lot of people expect the tanks to raid lead (which contributes a lot to tank burn out, I can tell you that), it's actually not the best choice. Tanks are extremely busy tanking already, and they should be. Healers and CCs are a much better choice (assuming all members are equally qualified of course).
10-05-2008 @ 4:36AM
Lmfao, tanks having it hard? Get healers to do raid leading? Healers have the hardest job in the PvE aspect of the game; both tanks and DPS have it much easier. I take it that you are either:a) Not competent at either tanking or raid leading.b) Not a tank, but are so narrow minded like 80% of the WoW population and believe that tanking is the hardest job in the game and that whenever something goes wrong it's because of the healers, because you think they have such an 'easy job'.People like you make me sick. Instead of hugging your MT raid leader, give your healers a hug.
10-05-2008 @ 10:02AM
Tanking can be a difficult job on many fights until you get used to them, and if you're the sort of person who makes a good raid leader, you're also going to be pretty well aware when it *is* the healers' fault and when it's your own fault. Combat logs, meters, death logs and generally knowing "ok, that person shouldn't be spamming Renew on me" versus "whoops, I forgot to save rage for spell reflect" all help. Of course, if your tanks and healers are the honest types who own up when something goes wrong and it's actually their fault, that helps a lot too.My personal perspective on raid leading which I didn't specifically mention in the column is that of tank and leader, so I guess I'm a little biased. Sure, it's hard to see things at times due to a big monster in your face, but that's really not so much of an issue for tier 6 and beyond. A lot of the time you don't even *need* to see things in the game if you have decent enough addons set up. As a druid I always had a full grid which also showed me things like low mana, range, certain fight-specific debuffs etc; who cares if all you can see is Bloodboil's face when you can see the Bloodboil debuffs light up and know exactly who's failing to move? That plus boss timers and paying attention to yells etc, and you don't necessarily need a backseat view to lead well. The only times it can become an issue is on a tank-sensitive encounter when you're learning, and you really are concentrating hard on your job, leading to neglecting the raid a little. But the same can easily be said of a healing-sensitive encounter or DPS check, and ideally you have officers or fellow raid leaders of different classes who can help out if you really aren't in a position to lead something yourself.
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