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12-26-2008 @ 7:22PM
As a tank, I usually end up with the job of finding more people in /2 or /4. I won't turn down anyone explicitly, but I will take guidance from members who would prefer no other mages/clothies/hunters/whatever. However, if they're the last dps available, then they're SOL.One exception to this, though: I am very clear with DKs that normal offset rules apply to them. That is, if I brought you along as dps, tanking is currently your off-set and you roll on it only if I don't need it. I'm not trying to be mean, but a lot of new dks have no clue how critical gear is for a tank and that Ipwnsyourhat's gear set for when he decides to fail at tanking comes in 2nd in priority to me filling the hit table. (To be honest, I've seen a number of bad players on Alleria horde-side who came in as new dks, decided to tank, failed hard at heroics and went back to dps. They still want to tank, though, so they'll try to steal gear. Most people, however, are much better than this.)
12-26-2008 @ 7:47PM
I had the same problem once ... in CoT Strat some DK rolling for the tanking cloak and he was there as dps (tanking was his off-spec) and the cloak was better than my cloak at that time (I'm a prot pally). And not just that - when I was farming for the heroic CoT Strat shield, I had once a ret pally (former prot - those ppl that respec to lvl) in my group that said he would roll for the shield if it dropped ... I spent the whole run almost praying for the shield not to drop - and it didn't, thank God. I just wish some ppl wouldn't come w/ the "X was my spec, I respecced for lvling" when it comes to loot because they have to remember that if they wanted to run the instance, they needed a tank and a healer, so loot priority isn't for your current off-spec if the tank/healer of the run still need the particular weapon/gear, I don't care if you were tanking/healing BT before WoTLK. I lvled as prot and I know ppl that lvled as holy/resto spec, so I know that wouldn't be fair to all of us if we had to compete w/ dpser's off-spec set.
12-26-2008 @ 7:59PM
In the case of off-spec loot I'll specifically ask dks/warriors/pallies/spriests what spec they're going to be rolling on. If a DK dps wants to roll against me on a piece of tank loot, that's cool, but you better not touch a piece of DPS gear. Though I usually avoid that problem by just not bringing plate wearers. The group comp I've been running with lately is Prot Warr/Rogue/Boomkin/Ele Shammy/Holy Priest and and since the boomkin never runs feral we have absolutely no loot issues. It's heaven.
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