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3-16-2009 @ 5:35PM
@Shardrell If this happens, then you likely have a newer tank. If there are environmental hazards that are cutting down melee DPS, the tank should reposition the boss so that melee DPS can get back on it ASAP. Back in vanilla, when Rogues and Shammys were much more powerful, this was widely understood. Not repositioning the boss means less melee DPS, which means the healers have to heal the tank longer... which strains their mana. If a melee-heavy raid is having trouble downing a boss that has close-range environmental effects the tank may be killing themselves by not helping melee DPS as much as they can. I've also found tanks will often not provide enough room for melee players to get in behind mobs in instances... many times making melee DPS choose between pushing parries on the tank and losing DPS, or possibly aggroing another group. I think in general the tanking shortage is pretty much gone... but there is now a question of tanking quality. There are tanks that have been playing since vanilla that know how much a tank affects the party/raid in ways other than just taking hits to the face and have tanked very hard bosses, and those that have been tanking for 2 months that haven't had a chance to experience a lot. I've run a lot of instances and raids with a lot of tanks, and out of all of them, I'd say that two of them are great tanks. Not just that they stayed alive and held aggro, but they were aware of and did the double-dozen things that a tank can do to make an instance/raid go even better.
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