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10-28-2011 @ 8:08AM
I'm attracted to the *idea* of tanking, but I've never really had the courage to dip my toes in the water... I'm hyper-critical of my own mistakes, and I don't know if I could take the deluge of abuse that new tanks are prone to receive while still learning.Really, my "calling" is just melee in general. I adore my Unholy DK (perma-ghoul forever; I don't care if Frost does better DPS!! *thrusts fist in the air*), and I have a lot of fun messing around with my Rogue, Paladin and Enhance Shaman alts. Ranged is just so boring and uninvolved to me; I like bashing things in the face!I do have a full tank gear set on my DK, and close to a full one on my Paladin... now if only I could work up the guts to actually USE them...
10-28-2011 @ 9:50AM
There's nothing to be afraid of. I tank almost purely PUG's, and have a blast. If people are rude I drop group and tell them "enjoy your 20 minute queue", while I find another group instantly.Tanking really isn't that hard so long as you show some assertiveness and pay attention. Pull carefully, and watch your healer's mana and health.Mature players know that it's a wise investment of their time to be patient with a struggling beginner tank and coach them through it, rather than flame the tank and drop group.In the end, dungeons really aren't that hard, and as long as you are careful it's unlikely you will be wiping groups.And in the end you aren't hurting anyone by being a being a beginner tank. Finding a tank is almost always the limiting factor in forming a group, and players should celebrate that others are taking the initiative and extra responsibility. Because after all, more tanks means dramatically shorter queues.My mains are tanks and heals, and I do nothing but pugs. I have that stupid pug reward on several characters! While there have been nasty flamers occasionally, I up-front tell them to behave or I'll drop group and let them linger in the queue for another 20 minutes. In the end YOU have the advantage because as a tank you are a commodity in high-demand.
10-28-2011 @ 11:41AM
I find that the people who are the most critical of their mistakes make the best tanks. Just be sure to tell the pug you're new and are willing to take any constructive criticism they may have for you.
10-28-2011 @ 11:59AM
One thing to try: do dailies in your tank spec and gear. Pull like 4 mobs at a time or more. It teaches you how to survive and use cooldowns. Everything will slowly become second nature.Won't teach you everything, but it is a start.
10-28-2011 @ 4:11PM
Best way to learn tanking is roll a new level 1, and tank all the way to level cap. From 1 to 15, spec tank, gear tank, and play like a tank. From 15 on (or whatever the min level to dungeon queue is), always be in the dungeon queue when you're online.It's much easier to start as a tank at low levels, than to start tanking for your first time at lvl 80/85/90. Dungeons are easier, fights are simple, you have fewer abilities to wrap your head around or remember during combat, etc. etc.Also, become good friends with TankSpot, read their intro guides, and watch their intro videos:TankSpot's Critical Articles & Guideshttp://www.tankspot.com/forumdisplay.php?200-TankSpot-s-Critical-Guides-amp-Articles-LibraryTankSpot Video Guide: Positioning & Movementhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmOPuziOWuATankSpot Video Guide: Awareness & Camera Controlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf1pWQhJdhQ
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