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9-03-2010 @ 9:00AM
"The tank was low, the raid was low and it looked like we were going to wipe. I ended up lighting a Guardian Spirit on myself and unloading a Divine Hymn in desperation. I took a lethal blow, but the ability kept me alive. Naturally, this makes me look like a baddie -- but it was either that or lose the raid."No. No it does not. If you did that in one of my raids, I'd be dancing a jig!! Quick thinking, good awareness of the raid and the abilities you have. This in no way, no way at all...makes you look like a bad!I don't know, maybe I was trained differently from some. My old raid leader (now I'm raid leader, argh) basically told us this: "Healers. If you feel the need to take damage to keep the raid from wiping, this is at your discretion and I trust your judgment. Move if you can, but if you need to get a critical heal off before moving, do that." Then he told the DPS "DPS. I don't care what you're doing, stop doing it and move out of the fire!! Do not finish your cast, do not get in just one more hit, move. Do not make extra work for the healers so you can get an extra hit in."When I healed with him leading, I knew that I was trusted to do my job.Reminds me of a situation we encountered on my first run as RL, though. We'd just lost a bunch of people, so we've got a ton of people in new roles. At this point our tanks haven't tanked ICC before, or, honestly...tanked raids much at all.Anyway, at one point, I see our DK dps run out to range and deathgrip a Blood Beast. I wonder "WTF", as he chains it and begins kiting it. It turned out that he'd seen something I missed. Our MT, not accustomed to tanking ICC...had hit Maul without thinking about the glyph. Without a moment's delay, the DK realized what this meant and moved to correct it. He knew that the hit he'd take between the Deathgrip and the Chains, before he began kiting it...would be less harmful to our raid than having the Beast stubbornly stuck in the melee group hitting the tank until it died. He knew that his damage was less important than managing that beast. By kiting while it was on fixate, he didn't take any more unnecessary damage or grant unnecessary points, and by getting it off the tank he gave the ranged the ability to peel it off of him and kill it as the fixate ended.I was thrilled with him, and told him so.That kind of raid awareness and quick thinking? I can work with that!!
9-03-2010 @ 6:12PM
Really I am waiting for Cata to come out when Healers won't have the mana to heal DPS constantly and DPS will have to learn to play the game again.There are way to many people who do stand in fire so they can get that extra DPS out, and while right now due to mana it really doesn't matter that much, very soon it will.As a tank there are a few things you can do to help. If the boss your dealing with isn't massive and you have room to kite it a little, you can give your healer an extra second or two when you don't have a CD to blow, and they don't either. While this takes massive awareness and quick thinking, and an understanding of the boss your dealing with, you can avoid damage for short periods using movement. This is especially true if the boss has a spell with a cast time, as you can move and they can't. Granted there are some bosses this doesn't work on.
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