Jan 2nd 2012 10:29PM Actually, Fox in the article is right. If I'm the only person in a dungeon with the Darkmoon Guide, then I'm the only one who sees the quests drop and I'm the only one who can roll on them. It's fabulous at low levels, since almost no one has a guide on all of their alts which means less people to roll against :D
I can definitely confirm this as recently as today.
Jan 1st 2012 9:06AM I like this resolution!
Dec 31st 2011 2:39PM Perhaps another feature that was widely whined about but seems to be working well is the Tank/Healer Call to Arms. I wasn't the only one who thought it would result in nothing but absolute morons queuing as tank and healer, but so far I haven't seen a huge negative impact (that is, no more morons than usual).
Dec 31st 2011 2:29PM You know, the same thing happened to me and my Karoma a few days ago! I was questing in Tol Barad and somehow he got an incredibly overpowered version of Mend Pet on him. I could see the buff on him and it didn't have a duration but it healed liked crazy. I couldn't buff him with a new mend pet because the one on him was more powerful. I think it disappeared when I was ganked, though. (Killing me while I'm fishing is really impressive).
Dec 31st 2011 2:23PM I told you about every cat I have ever owned in my whole entire life (so far). If I get this kitty, then I'll be able to tell you about it in next year's 12 Days of winter Veil! :D!!
Dec 30th 2011 5:22PM Oh my goodness! But I don't have ANY bears!
Dec 29th 2011 3:58PM To everyone complaining about pants-on-fire tanks:
The reason that I keep us in combat 95% of the time isn't because my pants are on fire, or I hate mana-users, or because I'm in some huge hurry to get through the dungeon and on to another.
It's because you DPS pull ahead of me if I pause to gather loot, and you healers heal the DPS that pull ahead of me which only encourages them to do it more often. Personally, I don't pull when the healer is out of range or in need of a drink. I don't pull aggro off of any rude DPS who think it's cool to go ahead and start the next pull while the healer and I are in the previous room. However, it is so much easier and less stressful for me to stay as many steps ahead of the DPS as possible to prevent any clashes.
I don't think that the majority of wowinsider readers fall into this particular category of dirtbags. I just wanted to point out that the paladin who strafes back and forth in front of the next pull while the mage starts casting his pyroblast only to interrupt it a half second before it goes off and the rogue skipping three groups ahead to pick pocket is the reason some of us tanks feel an enormous amount of pressure to hurry the frick up.
Dec 29th 2011 3:40PM For the first guy, there's nothing you can do about him now but in the future you shouldn't feel bad about letting jerks die. I've been tanking for years, and it's definitely more fun once you stop stressing out about people who are going out of their way to make things as difficult for you as possible.
If he's using a high-threat rotation, or pulling ahead of you, or nuking a target you haven't even looked at yet, politely ask him to stop a few times and if he's rude or refuses to, just let him tank the floor. No reason for you to stress out when there's nothing you can do to fix the situation, and it's surprising how quickly someone will settle down once they've died and realize that yeah, they do need you to be able to do your job properly.
Especially if someone pulls ahead, just stand back and let them deal with it themselves. It's even better if you have a clever healer that doesn't heal rude DPS who pull ahead of the tank :3
After you have some more experience under your belt you'll see the difference between someone with better gear/unlucky procs pulling aggro (in which case you should still be trying your best to recover threat) and someone who's just a tool.
As for the second bit, definitely don't feel bad for not knowing your way around! ^_^ Just make a macro you can hit at the beginning of an unfamiliar instance that says "Hi guys, I'm still really new to tanking and this is my first time in this dungeon, if you could point the way that'd be great. Any helpful advice is extremely welcome!"
If you're upfront and communicative, people will be really super helpful (usually). If you get any more bad apples, just take a day or so off of tanking to cool off but definitely get back into it once you're ready. It's way too much fun!
Dec 29th 2011 10:33AM Aww that's pretty cute
Dec 28th 2011 4:14PM I'll be the first person to find it clever to type 'very slowly' as my comment, right?