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5-30-2010 @ 8:18AM
I had starting writing for this article too, and glad to see that most of my list made it to here... These are my notes that I had started 10. Unit Frames / Threatplates [covered]9. Don't throw away sidegradesTanks do a lot of stat swappin to keep defense cap, hit cap, expertise soft cap, plus stam/dodge/parry at optimal levels. Keeping alternate pieces allow for shuffling around when needed8. Train all available weaponsIt royally sucks when you get an awesome tank 1-h mace, then realize your skill is 1. Take the time to get a cheapo green, sit in reguar VH by yourself, and grind up all available skills to the cap if they aren't high enough already. Do this _before_ your scheduled raid.. :)7. Watch your healer's manaVery much a beginner's lesson, but pally tanks especially have a habit of trying to keep divine plea up by chain pulling. 6. Know your resourceMana/rage/runes.... know when you're too low to do the pull at hand, and take a breath or two to ensure the start of the pull goes well.5. The Art of the pullDifferent tanks pull different ways - dk's and pallys pull mobs to them, warriors charge into them, and druids... well they're screwed.. :) Usually they run into them or are forced to LoS them. Practice in 5-mans before you hit the raids...4. Know the boss fightsThe tank, more than any other role, MUST know the fight because 99% of the time, you're responsible for boss/add positioning - and that can make or break a fight3. Know and USE your cooldownsThis includes your class cooldowns, as well as your healthstone and trinkets. If you wiped, and didn't use all/most of em - somethings is wrong. Plus consider using them at the start of a tough pull to give some breathing room for getting into position2. quit looking at your butt [covered]Be aware of the whole room1. Be confident, but know your limitsA hesitant tank is a dead tank. I don't think you should pull entire instances at once - but a tentative tank is a highly dangerous thing to the raid/group. Know what you can handle, and then get them to punch you in the face
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