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11-08-2008 @ 5:56PM
After healing some low-level pugs on my healer-to-be shammy, I can't help but say that I love healing almost as much as tanking. Maybe it's because my main is a prot warrior and I can't help but notice that the difference in things you have to keep track of is very refreshing.Most likely when the dual specs come, my shammy will be main spec Resto/off spec Enhancement, whereas my warrior will stay Protection(especially since it's so sexy now *g*) and Arms off spec(which frankly is almost as good fun). Anyone can dps - I just generally find tanking and healing more interesting :D
11-08-2008 @ 7:13PM
I have 4 70's, hard to pick a "main", but it'd probably be my warlock for soloing...I have a prot-warrior, I leveled as prot-spec and it was slow, and now suddenly I'm powerful, it's great! Tanking always seems like a lot of work, but I haven't tanked since 3.0.2.Healing is fun, requires attention without demanding non-stop focus, holy priest has a bit of a variety of spells without being overwhelming or repetitive.But, lately, I've found that tanks are just getting sloppy. The idea that you can build agro so easily has made them lazy about it to the point they lose agro. Always rushing forward with no regard for the rest of the group, and most of the pug's lately don't even bother with cc.So, of course, when someone dies, suddenly they shift blame to the healer. (Because it's my fault when the rogue dies? Screw him! :-pSo, if this persists in Wrath, I imagine I'll be tanking just to avoid the aggravation of someone else tanking. (And I'm not exactly the best tank in the world.)
11-09-2008 @ 4:56AM
Well, thankfully there is the fact that as a tank, I very much strive to be as good as I can. And keeping aggro now is so easy in the lvl 70 content that after getting the mob's attention for sure(and keeping it) I move onto the next priority: keeping the mitigation up.As a healer I have noticed another tank priority that some people just miss: healers need mana to heal. Particularly off-spec healers when healing low-to-the-instance-tanks that have no idea whatsoever what they're doing. One SFK run our tank was so busy getting through that our main healer(holy priest) was out of mana, then it was soon me healing and subsequently out of mana. We'd just survive through the few chain-pulls... then the tank would pull more. *sigh*Tanking now is easy, it is no reason to get sloppy. I actually kinda like how it's somewhat easy to keep aggro - it will, in time, make it easier to see who really are the tanks who do their "homework", and who strive to do the extra 10% dps when everything else is said and done.Then again, I don't PuG with my main the tank. It's just too expensive to wipe in a pug because some hunter/warlock/mage/rogue etc. has never heard of aggro management. Also, it's frustrating to wipe on stupid things like that.
11-09-2008 @ 11:41AM
Right, they keep rushing forward to the next encounter regardless of mana, and I've also seen a bunch where they have gone from "pulling" to "charging", with no regard for where that puts them. When they've got caster mobs or any other mob just out of range, they don't adjust, they just think "tanking is so easy, it'll take care of itself!"Other players have also gotten sloppy, a boomkin in one pug kept pulling before the warrior.I think the power-buff has simply made a lot of marginal players very sloppy, and can't wait until Wrath sorts them out.
11-09-2008 @ 2:21PM
Yeah, it has made people sloppy. But it's just one border that will separate the "great" from the "decent" tanks. Of which, I hope to keep on the above. ;)
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