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12-07-2009 @ 11:47PM
One of the keys to getting a tank job is to be there every night ready to raid and not just when you feel like being there. The RL wants to know he can count on you so that he doesn't have to wonder right up to the time you log on that he has his tanks. Stay loose and spend dkp not just on tank gear but also on DPS. KNOW HOW TO DPS. Its a big switch going from MT to a melee dps. Suddenly you are at the bottom of the healing list and you are in one of the most vunerable areas to get wacked. You go from not waiting at the velvet rope to standing in line with the rest of the peons for a heal.Work with the tanks as a team. I don't care if you think you are the best, you just might be but don't stick your nose in as the new guy OT and try to run the show. For Christ sakes don't taunt to show you can tank the boss or point out to the other tanks their mistakes in a public manner. You screw up and don't like it when called out in public, why should they?The tanks in 25 man have to act as a team, willing to do what it takes to progress the guild, no matter what the cost for them. If this means running around soaking up adds instead of getting the glory of being the MT DO IT. The rest of the raid gets an uneasy feeling if there appears to be a power struggle in the ranks. Being consistent is what makes your healers and r/l happy.Sound confident and relaxed on vent even when things are going in the toilet. If the guy who is your guilds MT is forever screaming for heals and sounds like a little girl about to faint and you do your best Chuck Yeager everything is cool act the raid will feel more confident about you and guess who they will want to tank. Don't believe me? Think how you would feel if you were in the back of the raid and it always sounded like the MT was going to lose it. I bet your first reaction is, Oh Boy, this is going to be a long night and give up before you even have a chance. Be gracious, on time, selfless and humble. Know your class and be ready to perform when the tanks take a night off. Lou Gerig the baseball player set a record for consecutive games played after the starting 1st baseman on the NY Yankees wasn't feeling good and wanted the night off.
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