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4-12-2011 @ 8:29PM
As a raid geared tank, with far too many alts and effectively too many heroics to do in a day, I don't see the problem with the bag of goodies. My tank is my main, and simply put, that extremely low chance to get a mount I either already have, or could easily chain farm solo in old content to get (as a dps or tank) is not much of a pull. I really don't understand why people would be upset with them giving incentives to try and shorten queues. I don't think it's about entitlement or some special gold star for being a tank, it's just what role you fill and if you can do it.That said, there is no good community in WoW, I don't think there really has been in quite some time. There's guilds, and their are friends people make, but a sense of community? I came from other MMO's that had real communities, WoW is simply far too big to have a real sense of that. Even server to server there can be such a vast amount of players that you can easily group with someone once and never see them again despite playing at the same time regularly. Also, with faction changes, name changes, server transfers etc, there's no loyalty to anything and the jerks always have a way to get around being ignored or blacklisted if it actually gets bad enough for them to want to.It's no simple task for Blizzard to fix societal problems, or to force good behavior. I will tank for guildies, and I do regularly tank through the LFD tool if I'm on at a strange hour, and 9 times out 10 have no real problems. I also have a ton of gear and have been tanking for many years now (on everything that can tank) so I feel comfortable with it.The sense of reputation and such I get, it's nice to get a kudos for good work, it's nice to have people seek you out for your skills, but lets not forget that one of the first lessons any tank learns is that it is mandatory for tanks to have thick skins. They will be blamed for things and you have to know when you are in error, vs when other people are just being jerks.In my personal opinion, it's not cata tanking that is the problem. In a lot of ways I blame WOTLK model, but also the players it attracted to tanking. So many people swapped to tanking in WOTLK because it was so easy and quick queues, or had gear from offspecs or huge amounts of badges and were fine. You could tank a lot of things wrath with very little knowledge of tanking mechanics and be okay. Now, it's back to a more rigid, real tanking model and it's simply too hard for a lot of the, forgive the term, but wrath baby tanks.I'm typically very quite in heroics, as a tank or as a dps, unless something needs to be explained. As a tank I lead, I mark things, I do ready check votes on optional bosses, and I try to keep a good pace. As a DPS I try to sap ahead of time, do my damage and basically do anything I can to avoid taking damage, or to help the tank and/or healer out.I have control on my tank, people usually say nothing and just go along with things and it's fine. As a DPS I am regularly astonished at how big of asshats some tanks are, but you get stuck in that mentality that they'll be a pain to replace so you put up with it. It sucks, but it's not a game mechanic, it's a person, and well...people suck.On a side note, how do people live with themselves selling tank queues? I mean I could do this easily but have NEVER done it because I just feel like that's about as low down and greedy as a person could get, plus from what I hear those that do it are usually terrible at tanking. Maybe part of blizzards incentive program is to maybe slow down tanks extorting people? :)
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