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12-07-2009 @ 3:31PM
The glass ceiling is one of the reasons why I recommend tanks dual spec and learn to gear and play both specs effectively. I main tank for a guild that often has to pug a few extra dps to run 25 man raids, and I cringe a little when a tanking class wants to come with us and they do not have a second spec. Typically, because most of the tanking classes that want to pug raid with us just are not as geared or practiced. That means that we either have to skip the pug over in favor of somebody else, or when we use him, one of the typical tanks has to offspec the fight. Even if the pug in question has the required gear level, people tend to be more comfortable having tanks that they often use main tanking and using tanks with the best gear.True everybody has to start raid tanking somewhere; raid gear alone could mean that you just inherited the gear after your main tanks didn't need it. That said, I still believe that part of good tanking is knowing what you can do when you're not needed tank and how to play that role as well. Not only can you benefit the group by being more flexible, but you show to them that you are a worthwhile raider by putting in the extra effort, possibly opening up more opportunities to do that job you would prefer to do in the future.
12-07-2009 @ 5:56PM
Dual-specs just create a different sort of problem, unfortunately. I've had many, many times where my raid nights start out like this:"Hal, you're tanking. Wait, we don't have enough healers. Hal, you're healing. We'll get the warrior/DK/druid to switch to tank, and then we'll just grab another DPS."Then later:"Okay, tank gear dropped! Roll! . . . Hey, Hal, you can't roll on this, you're healing."If your only concern is getting invited to the raid, then dual-specs solve that problem. If your goal is to get the experience and gear you need to bring you into the next tier of content, well, dual-specs can sometimes work against you.
12-08-2009 @ 3:24PM
Fortunately, when we run raids, we allow main spec to still role on main spec gear. So if your main spec is tank, but you need to dps for the fight you get to roll on tanking gear as your main spec. You'd only get to roll for dps gear if nobody needed it main spec. We do it this way to allow for greater flexibility between fights. If we have to pug people, we typically do ask what their main spec is, and we check to see if they are geared accordingly for that spec. Luckily the tanks in our guild are pretty generous, and if we notice that an upcoming main spec tank is lacking on gear, we generally happy to help him get the gear he may need. We can't always be there, and it's good to have the back up players atleast geared for when they need to step up.As for experience, that's still a problem whenever you raid with the top teir of content. Tanks for lower tiers and heroics are always needed, but that top teir is definately hard to get into. Dual-spec would let you see the fight, but it's still not tanking it.
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