Every Monday Scott Andrews contributes Officers' Quarters, a column about the ins and outs of guild leadership.
The Tank Shortage of 2008
-- is it worse than the Tank Shortage of 2007
? Over the past two years, few guilds haven't felt the sting of being shorthanded on the front lines. Blizzard's response has been to give us the Death Knight
, a class that supposedly will be able to tank with any talent tree
. And while many of us
are enjoying them on the beta servers, everyone in live is still struggling. As more and more players take a break from WoW
prior to the expansion, it's a problem that's only getting worse.
In these desperate times, it seems like raiding guilds are taking anybody that can equip a shield or go bear
. But even today, some tanks are so terrible that it's just not worth keeping them on the roster. One reader wants to know how to let a bad tank go.
I'm faced with a bit of a conundrum with regards to a warrior in our guild. I'll start from the beginning:
I'm an officer and the Warrior class leader in a small PvE guild on Burning Steppes EU, which has been trying to break into 25-man content before Lich King. As we needed tanks we've been accepting warriors with little experience and gear in order to train them up and get them ready for raid tanking. So far we've had good success, with a number of pre-Kara tanks, including myself, now at the level of MT'ing up to prince. (I downed Prince my first night of tanking him :D)
Now my problem comes in the form of a warrior who is on trial. He's not a bad tank, at least not in instances. But when it comes to Off-tanking in Kara, he's awful.
He's ignoring markings, failing to listen to tactics, and seems to be in a dream world all the time.
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