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3-03-2010 @ 9:49PM
This is a very good article. I leveled a druid using heirloom gear and had quite a lot of fun doign this. But it took awjile because i have a better geared 80 hunter in ICC 25 gear so I am very leary to hope right into tanking. I would love to queue up and have people accept that I'm a new tank and just learning while we go but I doubt someone in purpules would put up with me for more than a single wipe. Any thoughts from fellow readers dps, heals, or tanks?
3-03-2010 @ 10:12PM
as a rather well geared tank (245+), I say, jump in! With the LFD queues, you'll get in around 20 seconds maximum. As long as you know the rotation, what you are doing, and and keep all the mobs, you'll be fine :). When no one dies, you are far more invaluable to the group than the 232 900 DPS rogue.
3-04-2010 @ 12:58PM
My advice would be to put together a reasonable set of tanking gear (just look for stam and agility) until you hit about 28,000 hp in bear form. (assuming you don't have tanking gear already)Then, do the random non-heroic lich king dungeons until you've replaced most of your gear with ilvl 187 gear and have run all the different dungeons at least twice each. Queue for specific dungeons if neccesary. During this part of your learning, especially, remember that you play for fun, and enjoy the short queue times and take breaks between runs if you feel stressed out. Browse the AH for some upgrades or do some dailies.You will find groups in regular lich king dungeons much happier to see a lvl 80 tank than they will be disappointed in your gear. It always amazes me how a lvl 79 dps player will be grateful for any tank that queues while the same player at level 80 expects to see the ICC main tank...Once you are comfortable with every pull, queue for a few specific heroics. I suggest Nexus and UK because they tend to be a little easier. Also farm regular ToC for every single drop you need out of there.Once you have more than half of your gear at ilvl 200 you should be ready to tank a random heroic, and you'll have the benefit of having seen all the pulls from a tank's perspective. I really enjoy tanking and I mostly learned in this order (except that I lvled nearly exclusively in instances from 70-80). More people are afraid of an *inexperienced* tank than a gearing-up tank. Demonstrating familiarity with the pulls and mob positioning (which you learned in the regular runs) will win over all but the most intragnizent players. Also, feel free to use "ignore" on jerks. Your queue will be quick regardless :D.Good luck, I hope you find it enjoyable.
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