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9-01-2011 @ 11:03AM
I started playing WoW about 5 months before Wrath hit. My first class was Warrior but all the way to 80 I never tanked once, never even felt the urge to try it out. 2H boomcrits were what attracted me to the class and nothing that I saw on Wowhead or Insider about Prot Warriors compared.Then, many months later, after leveling a DK to 80 and gearing him up in Ulduar my guild started running Ony-80. I was still /dancing my way through fights as a DPS-specced Blood DK and swinging 7k quite comfortably and had absolutely no intention of Tanking, even though my bags contained a full set of the latest tanking gear and a sub-spec into Frost.One night the OT dropped out just before we engaged Onyxia and no other tanks were online in the guild.So the Guild Leader looked to me.The experience of handling 40 whelps by myself, pulling Lair Guards off my healer, Rune Striking the Brood Mother in the face every second... it was so liberating.From then on I was just as much a tank as I was a damage dealer. the week after my initial experience, in fact, I tanked Patch-25 by myself with no melee support.My message is this: if you ant to get more people into tanking, you have to make them feel special. If a player tanking is constantly looking at Recount to see their DPS standing so they don't get raged at for not contributing enough to the group DPS, they're not having the right experience. A tank has to feel like they're holding the weight of the world on their shoulders, keeping their allies from being crushed underfoot.And they have to feel like they're capable of that feat.
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