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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.)
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