Apr 12th 2011 5:04AM Some interesting perspectives in the comments. I think the "bribe" offered by Blizzard is a great idea, but already I've been in a couple pugs with tanks who had no idea what they were doing (a druid and a warrior). I suspect those guys were trying to tank because of the bribes from Blizzard. Although they were probably trying their best, the fact is that it takes time to learn to tank successfully, and some of the nuances, especially regarding positioning, take time to master. I don't care how good a DPS or healer you are, it's quite a different thing thinking you know what a tank should do, and actually doing it. Call it "armchair quarterback" syndrome. Which leads to....
Tanks getting too much criticism. Nobody is perfect. Tanks have to learn each individual instance, and all the unique pulls and different mobs within. Many mistakes are made on the way to mastering an instance, and tanks get lambasted while learning the new difficult heroics in "starter" tank gear. I'm an experienced veteran tank, and have always been considered to be quite a decent tank (but not elite!). I've always loved tanking, but the new heroics are so damned hard that I've been loathe to persist, especially when others in the group are so demanding. But recently, as my gear has improved, I've begun stepping into heroics again. I usually get groups through LFG rather than running guildies. The reason? I use PUGs as a training ground. Yes, I take criticism sometimes after spectacular failures, but I'm upfront about my knowledge of the heroics and find that most people will give some leeway to a learner (although much of the time guys will leave immediately when I disclose that, lol...I don't blame them). But the main reason I tank PUGs isn't for the goody bag, but because I feel less guilt about a PUG wiping. When I'm tanking a guild heroic and there is a wipe I feel guilty as hell, although my guildies are generally very forgiving and supportive. The PUGs are my form of training, and it's the best possible way to train. Inadvertant pulls from DPS, CC breaking, weak heals, DPS opening up before I get threat established are things I never experience in guild runs..but in PUGs those things happen frequently. It helps me grow as a tank to adapt to poor play from the other guys and drag them, kicking and screaming if need be, across the threshold to success. If along the way I die a few times because I'm still learning the dungeon, then so be it. :D
Jul 7th 2010 5:56PM And the collapse of WOW continues. I was forced to change the name of one of my toons because it was "violating" the naming policy. I asked Blizzard to explain what specific rule it was violating and received an automated response. I then pointed out the multitude of players named "Rectum", "Anus", "ItchyBalls", and "BabyBatter" that hadn't been forced to rename. Again I received a form response and no explanation. As a longtime customer I at least expected someone to explain what the problem with the name was rather than just and automated response with the general rules. It's clear the company has no true concern for their users whatsoever.
No customer service. No consideration for longtime users. And now Blizzard announces they will freely disseminate personal information that could, literally, get you killed or harrassed. Interesting how Blizzard has concern for their EMPLOYEES and won't release THEIR information....only the paying customers have to worry about that. I can't believe people are just passively accepting this plan to violate our privacy.
May 5th 2010 3:29AM Are you nuts? The BEST AOE tank, bar none, is the warrior (properly played) with a paladin close behind. I have tanks of every class but one (Paladin) and the warrior has the most, and best, tools at his disposal. That being said Blood Tanks can be very good (I know..I'm a good blood tank!).
As for blood tanks AOE, I have little difficulty maintaining threat on large groups of mobs. If you are having a problem with AOE threat generation it's because you lack skill more than a lack of tools. The rotation is retarded easy...DND/Icy Touch/Plague Strike/Pestilence, tab/heartstrikes/deathstrikes. I know the author loves Runestrike but the fact is I NEVER use it except in single target (and then rarely) and I never have a problem with threat. The only time I lose threat is when retarded DPS attacks the targets before they get into my DND.
Apr 27th 2010 6:17PM I think your article is inappropriately named Allison. "Gearing a new bear at 80", but all the items you showed require lost of frost emblems, or triumphs, or honor, or high level raid farming (TOC, ICC). A fresh 80 bear isn't going to be running TOC10, TOC25, or ICC. He's not going to have access to items requiring lots of frost emblems or in all likelihood even triumph emblems (unless he's been levelling through instances).
If the intent of the article is to gear a NEW bear I think it would've been better to list the items from heroics and starter raids (Naxx, OS, etc) which are realistically within reach of a fresh 80, and include the rep rewards from the various factions.
I think the information you provided is EXCELLENT for a bear thats already been at 80 for awhile and already has a decent set of tank gear.
Apr 11th 2010 3:17PM Actually I thought it was pretty funny, lol. Especially the part about making Christian write an imp column!
Apr 11th 2010 3:12PM Uh huh. Something tells me we're being had. If mages wanted to play warlocks they'd have rolled them in the first place. No way Blizzard runs off hundreds of thousands of subscribers with something this dimwitted.
Jan 30th 2010 1:30PM Oh yeah, wanted to comment from the DPS side also. I DPS with my mage and can easily rip aggro off even the best of tanks. I hate doing it, because it hurts me on the DPS meters, but anytime I'm about to go "in the red" I'll stop DPSing. I have 3 ways to survive if I pull aggro, but I only go nuts on the DPS if it's an emergency situation, or in boss fights.
Even the best players have a hard time reigning in their aggro though. It's so cool topping the meters that its' really hard holding back.
Jan 30th 2010 1:23PM I generally heal with my druid in instances, but I have a lot of experience from the tank side as well. I don't bully anyone, but I constantly offer tips and such. The healer is in a unique position for monitoring aggro and I'll let the DPS know if they are pulling too much or the tank know he's not generating enough aggro.
My pet peeve is when guys show up to tank and aren't wearing tank gear (very common occurence) . On the easier heroics I'll bawl them out a little, but if their gear score is high enough I'll try healing through it (usually don't have any problems). On the harder heroics I'll drop group everytime when I see the tank isn't geared enough. 25k isn't much health in H POS and I've seen new 80's coming in with those stats a lot of times!
Jun 23rd 2009 3:05AM I critted for 14k the other day with Nourish. I'm glyphed/talented, plus he had lifebloom,rej, regrowth, wildgrowth running on the tank.