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5-18-2009 @ 1:26PM
First and foremost - you absolutely have to have something that you can do other than raiding that you enjoy. Does not matter if it is five-mans, acheivements, PvP, whatever. Have a backup plan in addition to raiding.Second - Joining a guild that you feel is worth joining means that they will already have tanks. Come to grips with that. If they needed tanks, then their progression level thus far would probably not satisfy you, from what I'm reading in your letter. As such, you need to be doing that second thing that you enjoy while you bide your time and try to step in. When I did this with my Prot pally, I wasn't geared for Naxx and was only just passably geared for Heroics. When I interviewed with the GL, I made it known that I understood that they weren't looking for tanks right now, and she made it known that I shouldn't expect a whole lot of tank time. We communicated, ended up on the same page, I joined and we kept going.I developed a core group of people that always did five-mans together. We got myself and a couple others geared. We created our own niche. When the inevitable guild churn happened, the guild had 5-7 geared players that already had a developed respect and chemistry to fill in the wholes that the churn left behind. It was about a 1-month process from joining the guild to seriously raiding with them, and only about two weeks before I was one of the two go-to tanks. Since then, there was drama in that guild and about three people left to start their own guild. Seeing those three people leave, about 15-20 of us joined them. So even through drama and a guild split, I'm still tanking progression content.This would not be possible if I had not been patient. But then, I think ego has a lot to do with tanks having difficulties in this area. As tanks, we need to have that ego. It is what we do. Seriously, though, there are few things worse in a raid than a tank that has let his ego far outgrow his gear and skill. As such, applying for my guild with your attitude would not get you anywhere. You have to apply humbly, and then show that you deserve that ego. If you apply saying, "I'm a tank. I'm a raid tank. That is what I'm looking for and if I don't get a raid tank role, I'm quitting to do something else," then I'm not gonna waste either of our time.
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