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1-17-2010 @ 10:10AM
Strangewayes is right. And I wish it wasn't a competition. I don't mind the fun competitions, say, when it's a group of friends all running together, but running with strangers, I just want to get it done and be able to contribute. But you DO get judged. They don't take into consideration that maybe you're doing your JOB by trying to hold back, waiting for the tank, or taking a moment to drink/evo, or anything. They just look at the meter, look at your gear and wonder why the hell you're not "doing your job" i.e., huge damage.By the time the tank pulls, gets aggro, and I start casting my single target spells, everything is DEAD. LB gets some of them, (and LB is actually one of the most fun spells but can be really dangerous too), but usually I don't seem to be able to do anything. Especially if I do stuff like, say, stop to loot. Since things usually die SO FAST, using AoEs is actually pretty efficient, if you have a tank that can hold aggro. I used to ask the tank how they felt about AoEs. Now, I just see how the tank pulls. I mentioned this in a comment to yesterday's post on a similar topic, but If they do fast, chain-pulls and I have to blink a lot to catch up, I'm assuming they are in a hurry and give a hand by AoEing stuff. I tab-target LBs (admittedly VERY dangerous as I've pulled extra mobs that way) Dragon's Breath, Flamestrike, and then IF anything is still alive, go in with my single target spells. If the tank is taking it slow and easy, or says his gear isn't great or he's not all that experienced, I try to take it easy too, limiting my application of LB, making sure to use the /assist (tank) macro, and waiting for him to get sufficient aggro. In those cases the "GOGOGOGO" dpsers drive me nuts. Let the tank pull at his own pace. Maybe he's learning, or doesn't feel comfortable in that instance.Also, I've spoken with a few tanks, and found that with multi-mob pull they are constantly CHANGING TARGETS. At first, this confused me as I constantly use the /assist (tank name) and when I stay on one mob that the tank HAD start hearing that familiar Omen sound. Now, I have to constantly click on the assist macro to keep up with whatever mob the tank is pulling.If everyone wasn't in such a hurry and if everyone didn't make snide comments or post meters and make you feel like crap, maybe, just maybe, we'd be more careful. Back in BC, I ALWAYS waited a few seconds for the tank. Mobs were marked, (I remember the white moon or yellow star for SHEEP) and we went in with a plan and stuck to it. I don't know if it was just the groups I ran with but I don't remember people going on and on about GS and meters and who's under dpsing the tank or whatnot. If everyone did their job and did their best, and we got through it, we were happy. We got through the tons of trash. YAAAY. We downed the boss!! WOOT!You'd think, the more I run them, I'd get better at instances but lately, I'm more confused than ever. I come here and read about what tanks want, and then get out into the game and see something completely different. Today, in HHoR, even though I know pretty much what order we're supposed to take down the trash waves (priest, then mages), I went with my /assist tank and got it all wrong. After discussing it with the tank and group (after a few wipes) , found out that I'm supposed to stick with the Priest-Mage-Rogue-Footmen-Hunter order and ignore whatever the tank is grabbing. After reading not only this but several other articles here on that topic, I did what I THOUGHT I was supposed to do. Maybe HoR is a very special case. I don't know. But as long as I don't pull too soon or pull the wrong target (too easy to do with tab-targeting LBs, btw, so be careful) most tanks don't seem to mind since everything dies in a few seconds and bosses are often dropping in less than a minute.But constantly feeling like I'm doing something wrong makes me tired. I've only warmed up to instances within the last year or so anyway and I'm starting to kind get burned out on them now. I do try. If I grab a mob a tank hasn't, I'm not trying to be in a hurry - I guess I think they have it, or mistargeted and I'll admit my mistake. These past few weeks, even in the easier instances, I've been slowing down, trying to avoid those honest mistakes.That being said, thanks for the article. Especially mentioning one of my fave addons, Decursive.
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