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Ol' Grumpy and the crushing disappointment of roles {WoW}

Feb 16th 2012 4:19PM @rynxx

It's a good point, but I think you're confusing the ability to tank a boss and solo a boss. My understanding of a tank role is not the ability to survive alone, but the purpose is that you soak up as much damage as possible. That means you are the main focus of the boss' attacks.

I don't like tanking (too stressful for me), and I have had moments like yours (I also shook like a leaf - gotta love adrenaline!). But I think it's important to note that is very different than if Blizzard changed our beloved mage design so we would regularly keep bosses focused on us, while we juggled magic shields.

That does sound kind of cool, tho...standing at the eye of a cyclone of arcane, frost and fire shields...

(re-posting because comment system ate my homework - I hope it's not doubled)

Ol' Grumpy and the crushing disappointment of roles {WoW}

Feb 16th 2012 4:16PM @rynxx

It's a good point, but I think you're confusing the ability to tank a boss and solo a boss. My understanding of a tank role is not the ability to survive alone, but the purpose is that you soak up as much damage as possible. That means you are the main focus of the boss' attacks.

I don't like tanking (too stressful for me), and I have had moments like yours (I also shook like a leaf - gotta love adrenaline!). But I think it's important to note that is very different than if Blizzard changed our beloved mage design so we would regularly keep bosses focused on us, while we juggled magic shields.

That does sound kind of cool, tho...standing at the eye of a cyclone of arcane, frost and fire shields...

Arcane Brilliance: The best trinkets for mages, patch 4.3 edition {WoW}

Jan 21st 2012 8:54PM What about using Cunning for trash ( for AoE) and Insignia for bosses? I have been swapping them out, but would love to hear if that's a good idea...

Drama Mamas: The etiquette of AFKing in a group or raid {WoW}

Jan 9th 2012 6:29PM I was eager to read this post, but was kind of disappointed with the tone. Yesterday, for the first time ever, I had to drop group due to my baby waking up. In the midst of a WoE trash pull, I heard the baby start crying (not terribly, just waking up), and asked the group to stop. They pulled the next group, and I asked them to wait again (during the pull). When the tank just ran to the next group after that, I didn't follow; I wrote them a short note saying "Sorry - I tried to say something, but the baby's awake".

I agree that you shouldn't queue if you know you're busy or rushed, but this was a case where the baby was normally asleep for the rest of the night, and has literally never once caused me to interrupt my (limited) play.

I would just say that both Mamas could have mentioned something about remaining civilized to people when unusual situations do come up.

Blue Post and Other WoW News: In which Zarhym wants LFR to say "okie dokie" {WoW}

Dec 9th 2011 2:58PM @ Sidfish - What amazes me more than anything is that you are complaining that they released a new, completely optional feature in the game before you think it's ready. If you don't like it, don't use it. If you think it would have been better left to MoP, wait till MoP, then use it. But the rest of us are willing to accept that Blizzard can release some features in stages. I for one am glad for some new content I can use.

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