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3-27-2011 @ 3:33PM
I agree to a point, but saying "the best way to learn to tank is to level as a tank" doesn't help max-level people who are interested in tanking.If you are max level and want to learn tanking, queue for Throne of the Tides and Blackrock Caverns normal runs. You will outgear the content and the rest of the group by a wide margin, so threat and survivability won't be problems. All you have to focus on is using your tools.Then work your way up through the harder ones until you reckon you can handle heroics.Along the way, pretend you are running the heroic version, and that any stray mob would kill whoever it's on. This will give you a sense of how well you could handle the situation if it was a heroic.Practice target marking. It's silly for an 85 warrior tank to be marking targets in a lvl 80 normal, but at the very least get used to making a kill order. DPS are practically incapable of targeting your target, and choose their next target at random (not limiting it to the current group). They understand skull and X, however, so if you put those out there they might behave.It doesn't matter in your practice norms, but it will as you start heroics, so it's a good habit to have.If you have a really gung-ho DPS who opens with his highest damage/threat ability always, assign him a CC target and ask him to CC after you pull. This gives you at least one more GCD to establish threat and get the group under control. Think of it as CCing the DPS, not the mob.Same goes for people who can't stop their AoE threat. If you have a party of 5 and a cleave that hits up to 3 things, CC two of them so that the AoE doesn't overtake your threat. CC is not always about limiting the damage you take as much as it is about keeping a leash on your DPS.
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