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1-16-2012 @ 2:30PM
"3. Consider your movement."^This.I don't think a lot of tanks realize how much they jitter around sometimes. Every little unnecessary step can be extremely annoying for melee dps, who are trying to stay behind the mob and within melee range. And even annoying for ranged dps in some fights, especially the Asira Dawnslayer fight mentioned in the article. There have been times where i've done practically ZERO dps for that fight as ranged because the tank won't stay still long enough for me to get him between myself and the boss long enough to get a cast off.
1-16-2012 @ 3:07PM
My worst grievance with tanks on Dawnslayer is when they pull her out of the choking cloud AWAY from the group; as in, they place the cloud between themselves and the ranged DPS/healers. Pull to the side, or pull towards the group. I'd rather backpedal a few feet than shuffle around the cloud o' obscurement.
1-16-2012 @ 3:18PM
I know that, at least for me, it may take a few steps around in order to ensure that all mobs are in front of me (the tank), from where I can block/parry/dodge incoming attacks. However, once they're all fairly well established, yes, for the love of god, stand still. Also a nice idea on the Asira fight of you are using a hunter as a silence shield, which I have done numerous times. It's not an arena fight...you don't need to constantly be twitching around like you're on a Red Bull binge.
1-16-2012 @ 3:45PM
I'm guilty of jittering. I do a lot of pvp as ret, and also typically dps as ret. From pvp, I've picked up the habit of being constantly in motion; I feel weird when I just stand there in one spot for too long. So when I occasionally slap on a board and go prot, I have to consciously restrain myself to only move when the mechanics of the fight absolutely demand it.
1-16-2012 @ 5:32PM
@Hondahatch77: Oh yeah, forgot to mention the "stand behind the big, fat, tauren hunter" tip myself.I'm half-tempted to make a "Get behind me, doctor!" /yell macro just for the Dawnslayer fight.
1-16-2012 @ 6:14PM
I have learned in Cata to not be that tank who hops and spins like a blue heeler at dinner time.
1-17-2012 @ 6:21PM
I had this problem when running as a feral kitty in lowbie dungeons. I know, I know, lowbie dungeons aren't that important, just do DPS. Problem is, those are the training grounds for future heroic and raiding tanks; if they can't do something as simple as standing still while tanking a (relatively) very easy boss, how will they fair in LFR, etc?I don't mind moving to get everything just right. But I had a tank who was quite literally tanking around in a circle that was completely unnecessary. Was just sad.
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