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3-03-2011 @ 6:39PM
You're confused that people don't want to tank? Really?Up until Cata, my main was a healer, and my primary alt was a tank. I took a break right after I got Kingslayer, and was still out when patch 4.0 dropped, followed by Cataclysm. I rejoined the game about 5 weeks in, and took my time leveling both toons to 85. I didn't want to get sucked back into hardcore raiding, so I actively avoided instances. I've still not set foot in any of them, yet, focusing instead on rep grinding and PVP. I'd love to go in to some dungeons, but I've heard horror stories about pugging from two family members who also play. Those stories have been reinforced by a half-dozen friends and scores of strangers who post in forums and right here on WoW Insider. People in random groups are viciously cruel to "newbs", to the less-well-geared, to anyone who can't or won't GOGOGO. I've heard from tanks and healers I respect who refuse to even group with non-guildies. And since I left my old guild when I left the game, I don't have that option, even.So while I agree, tanking is fun, and I'd love to get back in the game, there's more than enough evidence to scare me off, particularly since I don't know the fights like the back of my hand, and my gear is as good as non-heroics can get.
3-03-2011 @ 6:55PM
Horror stories are just that: stories.After a single bad experience shortly after the Cata launch, I started queuing up again recently. I've been pugging for the past few weeks, and apart from the occasional ass, my groups have been competent and quiet, if not outright friendly. Maybe I'm just lucky, but I find it hard to believe that EVERYONE is getting terrible groups when I can pop into a random and heal a successful run almost every time. Sure, sometimes we wipe, but I've yet to zone into a heroic that I didn't finish. Except the time I had a power outage, but that was clearly no fault of my group.Of course, I still prefer guild groups, but that's more because I enjoy talking and playing with most of the folk in my guild than any fear of pugs.
3-03-2011 @ 7:30PM
I rolled a Tankadin in Cat. I've had great luck with PUGs. Only a few jerks, and more great players then the jerks. If you haven't been in the instance before - let them know... people seem more then willing to "put up" with a newb tank then newb DSP.And if someone is GOGOGOing and the rest of the group isn't ready... let them die or get close and save the day like all tanks can!!!
3-03-2011 @ 8:32PM
For the most part I find the groups apathetic rather than judgmental be it on my geared 85 Warrior tank or green-machine 85 DK tank. For some reason though I find tanking a bad group WAY more stressful than DPS'ing or even healing a bad group. As a DPS the game for me is to put out the most DPS AND utility to my ability. Success/failure of the group is a bit of an afterthought if I did my best. As a healer it's roughly the same. With a tank my enjoyment of the game comes from a smooth, efficient group. Having people with 5k DPS, hunter's pulling things at random, DC's, CC breakers, etc really bug me as a tank but not at all as a DPS.
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