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9-19-2010 @ 9:32AM
Actually, it is used inside the tanking community. Off-tank is now just a general term that means the person who isn't on the boss/main/big mob; i.e. the tank that is running around. Esentially, from an encounter point of view one could look at it like this:Main Tank is the "threat" tank who's soaking up the big hits and letting the dps go wild.Off Tank is the miscellaneous tank who's not so much battling threat all the time as he is stopping adds/dragons/flies/cakes from annoying and/or killing the raid. While not STRICTLY correct for defining their role, the terms are stuck. By and large no one's offended or indeed annoyed if they're the OT anymore, since arguably the better tank should be the OT anyway.
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