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5-20-2010 @ 1:01PM
Yeah it is very hard to come into the game and suddenly be a pro tank at fresh 80. I am writing a series on the subject on my blog: http://doctorsofphilosophy.blogspot.com/Essentially, if you want to plan your tanking, start thinking when you are 70. I have a plan, but this is my 2nd DK and 8th? 80. (Or something, I have too many to count). So I don't expect people just to 'get it' just like that. Assembling the tank set takes some effort. Learning to tank takes some effort. I am still learning alot (just started raid tanking), even after years of PUGing heroics. Best bet is start tanking when you are 70 or heck 60 ,and learn the ropes, the very basics. Work up from there. The previous guy had it right, tank nexus/UK first, then work up from there. With normal dungeons nobody expects the mad zerg, and you'll avoid all those GS jerks. Lastly, find a healer. Drag your friend/guildie with you. Find someone through your realm (maybe even ask in trade, although this also asking for abuse). Find someone who is overgeared and willing to help you. That will save you so much grief. And finally if the others have issues with your tanking, they can leave or kick you (in that case you have a instant queue and a chance for a nicer group). You absolutely will find the biggest jerks in LFD. Every once in a while my geared, and highly skilled DK, I get some complete jerk groups. It happens 1/10 runs or maybe 1 in 20. I imagine if I was a fresh 80 it would occur much more often. Where to go for help. www.pwnwear.com has good DK tank forums. The official forums have stickies you should read (you probably don't want to post in them, its like trade chat). Elitist jerks has some info but its spread out and not really relevent for the newbie. Also, ask your guildies, or find a skilled DK. Don't ask in trade, half the answers are wrong. Find someone who knows what they are doing and ask for a few minutes of their time.
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