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9-08-2011 @ 2:48PM
"4. Not forcing you to stand in stuff"For me, as a melee, this is the difference between a good tank and a great tank.A good tank knows not to stand in stuff. A great tank realizes that if they've back out of the bad stuff with the boss that the melee is not stuck standing in it. Large puddles of bad (or small puddles that grow bigger on their own) are the worst for this and a tank that is not only dancing with the boss but watching the whole dance floor has my respect.As a sometimes-tank, this is one of the things I try to be cautious of but I don't know how many tank-alts with caster mains realize it at first. (I saw a lot of tanks NOT doing this at the end of Wrath when the RDF would throw me into Heroic PoS and the tank would make it nearly impossible for the melee to dps the trash right before Ick/Krick.
9-08-2011 @ 3:36PM
As a sometimes-tank-with-a-ranged-main, I often *overkite*... probably comes from the instinct of "more distance = better" from being ranged most of the time. For whatever reason I utterly lack the capacity to judge just how much space there is between myself, the mob, and the melee and the "bad stuff." And some melee like to take advantage of the huge hitboxes. So I overcorrect. Better safe than sorry, right? lolIt's an intricate dance and I absolutely adore the tanks who manage to pull all of this off without going too far (like I do lol).
9-08-2011 @ 4:02PM
I have to agree. As fury, I don't know how many times I've been forced to either stand in stuff and get blamed for not moving or move out of stuff and get blamed for not dpsing. I also tank, so I understand what's going on, but sometimes it's impossible to convince others. The rule to "not stand in the fire" is so pounded into everyone's heads, that no one likes to believe that sometimes, as melee, it's not your fault. I'm not saying you should just stand in it, anyway. But I am saying that if you force us to move away from the boss to get out of the fire, then don't blame us for not putting out enough dps.The tank in me responds:At the same time, it can be awfully damn hard, especially when you are still getting familiar with a certain fight, to maneuver the boss so that you're not out of caster range, he's not facing the raid, and you're not forcing the melee to stand in the bad when, like the author said, you have his enormous crotch in your face and you're surrounded by a bajilion good and bad spell effects and a swarm of warriors, rogues, pallys, DKs, and such all masking what's on the floor.I'm torn.
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