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3-03-2010 @ 8:12PM
3-03-2010 @ 9:12PM
"Be kind to your newbie tanks, my fellow players. At some point down the line, the time you save may be your own."Amen! By creating a more friendly environment for beginner tanks and healers, especially during leveling dungeons, it will make it more likely for them to stick around as tanks and healers for end game.Especially in the age of heirlooms and super-fast leveling, many an impatient DPS follow the rules of level 80 heroics, and it can cause so much headache for tanks that they just stop trying.
3-03-2010 @ 9:27PM
Amen again! I'm a holy Pally main- switched over from my warlock months ago to try more aspects of the game.I built a Tanking set, I got up to 32k hp unbuffed, but NEVER tanked ANYTHING. Why?Everytime I even thought about it, I wanted to crap my pants. I tried a couple of time, and the tries didn't go ALL bad, but I started out with the Caveat: This is the first time I've EVER tanked this. People were a little more understanding of the overgeared but underexperienced tank than I'd seen people be of other tanks.Tanking is a LOT of fun, and jumping into the cold water of leadership in PuGs and such can be a lot of good times, but it FREAKS MOST PEOPLE OUT. As such, there aren't very many tanks queuing in LFD. I even don't everyday- I still often queue as holy, not feeling up to the stress of the success or failure of the group being all on me, and having no raid frame to quantify it all for me, or decursive to show me which slot to drop which spell onto which person through.I only started tanking when my guild was missing a tank for Marrowgar, had an extra healer who'd gone DPS, and I popped into my prot set nervously and asked if I might be able to help. The other tank was like: dang, you've built quite a set there, man! He took me under his wing, helped me have some great success in ICC, and I've been tanking a lot ever since, though I'm still holy main.It took that much to get me into tanking, and it is ALL because of the attitudes of players. The plural of anecdote isn't data, but there sure are a lot of good anecdotes like this out there. So, indeed, be kind to newbie tanks, folks. What Allison says is true.(I'd like to add that the 'rockstar tank syndrome' we have going on often is ALSO a side effect of this culture. Some rockstars are that way regardless, but I know that I have acted a little snide in the face of mean-spirited DPS in order to hide my tanking insecurity before, and I've dropped group when folks are rude. I go through enough to get into the tanking spirit and have fun with it despite the fact that not all of my characteristics are well-suited to it, I don't need the extra, "Damn, you noob," added to it.)
3-05-2010 @ 4:14PM
Yes great article. One piece of advice to people leveling tanks right now is, when you hit 70, pick up the complete Cobalt plate tanking set, and level the rest of the way to 80 via LFG tanking, in order to start collecting Triumph Emblems as early as possible. Do that exclusively from 70 to 80, and the moment you hit 80 you'll have enough Triumph Emblems to step right into T9 and 245 emblem and crafted gear, and hence be much better prepared for farming Heroics (and even ToC) w/ ICC-geared dps.
3-04-2010 @ 10:18AM
@ByronI hear the idea about just using the LFD tool from 70-80 so that you get the full T9 and can jump right into heroics a lot but there is one problem.You only get 2 emblems at that level once a day. If you queue up again, you only get money and a bit of exp.Shoulders=30Gloves=30Chest=50Pants=50Helm=75Thats 235 for the whole set. Thats 118 days to get a full set. Almost 4 months.Most people doing this will hit 80 in about 21-28 days if they solely use the LFD tool. They will only be able to collect one or two items at that point.This is still very helpful, but anyone doing this, don't expect to just jump into H HoR once you ding 80. You just wont have the gear still.
3-04-2010 @ 10:39AM
Very good article Allison! I'm (or rather was ;) ) a Pally Tank, properly speced and In nearly all 232, 245 gear.I still got abuse, as before the LFD system I didn't run a huge number of dungeons and so don't know every last fight intimately. I also refuse to chain pull if there are newer (or rather somewhat under-geared) players in the group. You know how that goes when the only reason people even play WoW anymore is for the 5 minute Frostie run.Definitely the highest barrier to entry level tanking is the douchebagginess of the WoW population in general.I don't tank randoms anymore, I refuse. I've dual specced to Ret and am collecting a DPS set now and I queue only as DPS and do my best to help out the noob tanks, as people who are willing to get into that thankless business are going to become fewer and fewer I think.
3-04-2010 @ 7:23PM
I tried to tank once as a DK in hellfire ramparts. I was nervous, shaking and even had a more experienced player guiding me through on voice chat. The hunter in the group immediately asked of the other dk (my friend) could tank.Yeah, haven't tried since.
3-04-2010 @ 8:53PM
I am rather new to tanking on my warrior. I started at L60 and tanked my way to 80. My gear is more than enough for any 5 man, but last night in an H Forge of Souls, the healer called me a horrible tank because he burned 3/4 of his mana pool on the first pull, because some DPS were taking damage. Last time I checked, he was doing what he was there to do, no?I'm not sure this healer has ever tried to tank FoS as a warrior, but the caster pulls aren't easy to handle. I have never quit on a group before that, but I'm not going to listen to that the entire run.
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