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12-16-2010 @ 3:11PM
PROTIP: DPS target assist your tanks, this is a skill that died in Wrath sadly, and I have yet to tank a pug where all of the DPS actually assist me.If you don't know how to assist group-mates, for the sake of all that is good and holy, google it.
12-16-2010 @ 3:33PM
I had an issue with this in a group last night in H-HoO, the tank dropped after 3 pulls before i figured out what was going on. I forget the exact CC order, but skull was to be killed first of course, and moon was CCd by someone other than me. 3 pulls in a row, i somehow ended up DPSing moon, and with 5 stacks of DP and a rupture, it couldnt be re-CCd.My SOP on a pull is to tricks the tank, press "f", prep, ShS, ambush and go to town, so how was i constantly winding up on the wrong target? The tank didnt have skull targeted right away! But he dropped group before he could explain himself. Granted, it was sort of my fault, and i felt like an idiot, but i have a tank too, went 11/12 in ICC normal with him, so i know the ropes, a frequent last word at the end of randoms where a dps would constantly be pulling other mobs off me was "nice run, and hunter, i hope you fix your 'f' key" "huh?" "exactly". Why wasnt the tank targeting the right mob on the pull!?!?Sorry, random rant, but its still bugging me.
12-16-2010 @ 4:08PM
The assist key sometimes gets DPS into trouble.It's happened several times that a DPS will assist me at the precise moment that I've switched to my secondary target, then proceed to unleash their entire toolkit.This is why I tend to rely heavily on raid markers.But the real key here is for DPS to just pay attention. Raid markers and the assist key are just tools.Pay attention, and if you're screen starts flashing red, or Omen suddenly has your bar at the top, slow down, switch targets, or both.
12-16-2010 @ 4:24PM
That strategy works ok when someone is asigned as Main Assist. But that person has to know that he must be targeting the kill target at all times. There are a dozen different reasons that a 5 man tank may switch targets. If the established plan is to kill the skull, it is up to the DPS to make sure they are on the right target.
12-17-2010 @ 2:21AM
I have a macro on my bars that auto-assists my focus target, which (unless I have to keep something CC'd for a long period of time or something) I set to be the tank when as soon as I zone in. That way I don't even have to target them first. It's practically part of my rotation by now, and I'd like to think it's made the tanks' jobs a bit easier.
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