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4-12-2011 @ 4:17PM
On the money. Very well thought out post. I will NEVER tank a random outside guild again. And I don't care if effing Mimiron's Head/Amani Warbears are in the goodie bag.
4-12-2011 @ 5:44PM
I too thought I would never tank a random heroic outside a guild group before, but I actually did one this past Saturday.Was I nervous? Hell yea! I had 3 random DPS, which did a great job but I know that can't always be expected, and the healer is from my guild so I know him well. I'm not sure I'll ever go into a random heroic dungeon with 0 people I know, but things could change.I should also mention that I've only been tanking high end content for about a month now. I have tanked before (high level Outlands and low level Northrend) while leveling, but it is definitely not the same.As I have said in a previous comment, I'm not sure how I feel about this incentive, as I play all 3 roles and pretty well I think and as others have told me. It's not that I feel it's unfair, just that the chance at a rare mount isn't nearly enough to overcome the anxiety and frustration that a pugged dungeon can (possibly) entail.
4-12-2011 @ 8:07PM
I point-blank refused to pug more than 1 person for the better part of the first 3 months of Cataclysm. For the last month or so, however, I've been a little more willing to pug a few people (but I have yet to try Qing alone).My experiences have been hit or miss.I've pugged on my healer and had about 50/50 with bad tanks/good tanks, including one infamous Grim Batol run with three DPS guildies where we went through 5 tanks because the first tank ragequit when I started marking things for CC (He was in blues. I was NOT healing that without at least two CCs), and every following tank "sry gtg" after each boss. 3 of the 5 tanks were decent (except for the suddenly "sry gtg" parts), while the last tank was a disaster and I still can't believe we managed to down Erudax after only 2 wipes.When I Q on my tank, I have yet to have a "bad" healer. Most have been competent (although a few silently dropped after a CC mishap led to a wipe on trash). Others were phenomenal. With the puggy DPS, I rarely have issues getting them to CC. Most pug DPS I see have the most problem with understanding the need to -refresh- their CC, preferably -before- it expires. I've only see 1-2 really awful DPS (attacking CC targets, not controlling their aggro, facepulling, or flat out refusing to CC).TL;DR: Random pugs were a nightmare 3 months ago. Now, they are getting better. I encourage you to at least try it out and test the new waters.
4-13-2011 @ 12:24PM
Perhaps I am in the extreme minority here, but I would like to point out that I (like some tanks out there) have experienced the following:1) I tank a few heroics every day. I like them, even though I'm geared out. NOTE: I may be full up on gear (main and off-spec), but I still use the Justic points for Heirlooms.2) I don't find the heroics difficult.3) I haven't had much trouble with crappy groups or obnoxious players. I usually just tell the offending player how I feel about their behavior, and it gets corrected or I (very rarely) drop group.I just thought it would be good to point this out, as I feel that while most commenters are willing to discuss what they feel is broken or could be improved, I don't think enough people speak up and say that they are doing fine. I'm not saying that this means that the situation is broken or working; I'm just saying that I've experienced one thing, while so many other people have expressed a different experience.As for my feelings on the CTA, I love it! This is likely because of the prospect of getting more stuff, but I will say that I feel that the rewards Blizzard chose for this feature are good choices. Money, flasks, etc. are always useful, and pets and mounts are the sort of thing that many players will want, regardless of their ilvl. Epics may become stale if offered through the CTA - they wouldn't provide incentive to geared players.In short - there's a whole lot of QQing going on (less on these boards than the officials), and not all of it is entirely necessary./end wall of text
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