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1-12-2010 @ 8:53PM
"My current favourite peeve is dps who can't manage their threat calling the tank or other dps bad because they only understand nuke, and link the meters over and over on trash, yet stay oddly quiet after boss fights..."While I'll agree with you that there are seemingly endless numbers of incompetent DPS, let's not pretend there's this reserve of amazing tanks working their way through the LFG tool.Case in point: I joined a random FoS run the other night, and the first thing the tank says to the party is this: "If you die, it's because you're stupid and it's your own fault."Great way to start off a run, eh?And, invariably, on every pull I waited until the tank had time to gain aggro, and used my Wind Shear on every cool down, but I was still getting aggro -- constantly. In the meantime, there was almost always a loose mob running around, hitting the healer or the DPS.And so I asked, politely, if the tank was having problems getting aggro, and of course he (a guy playing a female toon) responded in the nastiest way possible that I didn't know what I was doing. On another run (HoR) that same day, we went through four healers, with the tank bitching about every one of them. It got to the point where I had to tell him the healing could not have been the problem if we were on our fourth healer and he still wasn't happy.Let's be honest here: Most good tanks can fill up a five-man run with guildies very quickly, and do not need to use the LFG system. Of the ones who do use it, some are undoubtedly good tanks, but a large number are simply incompetent.Moral of the story? There are bad players of every class, spec and role.
1-13-2010 @ 2:44AM
Tank bitching to a healer? Well, that's one of the most surefire ways to see a bad tank. I've leveled two tanks now, and I've NEVER bitched to a healer. Even once when the "healer" on a latenight random was an elemental shaman obviously signed as healer for faster queue, who was obviously also completely smashed and we almost wiped twice on DTK because he didn't cast a single heal(my Improved Leader of the Pack was about 80% of healing done!). The dps were faster to complain than I was, really.Point is, as tank, there is NEVER really a reason to yell at healer. 95% of the time, if the heal didn't come, there was a good reason for it. Even if something goes wrong, a friendly question as to why is better than bitching; you're much more likely to get heals for the rest of the instance if the healer doesn't hate you...On topic: OH HELL YES. I so loathe AotD, and as bear tank, those knockbacks annoy me like no tomorrow. As far as I know, there are glyphs that kill the knockback for all three of those(correct me if I'm wrong). Death Grip(the 99% of the time it's used wrong) is pretty annoying, and of course the occasional Charge->lolstorm Arms warriors I come across."Any ability that allows you to hit a mob right after I've pulled it but before it reaches me." So. True. I have a special macro for those people that pull even before I cast my FFF:/sit/whistleI also tell the healer to not waste mana on such cases, though these days most healers don't heal those people anyway(like I do when I'm healing).
1-13-2010 @ 12:32PM
You probably didn't have the "pleasure" of playing with a healer that only healed himself and the tank, saying that he was an arena healer.In a Halls of Stone run (think Tribunal of Ages, where he let all DPSers die from stray damage before we were overwhelmed by the mobs; surprisingly we were able to down the previous bosses without much problem, despite the total absence of DPS healing).Granted, that was the only time I gladly vote-kicked a healer.
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