Last week, WoW Insider
saw a post by some guy about why tanks don't PuG
This week, I'm writing a post exhorting you warriors out there to PuG. Run pick up groups as tanks, DPS, hey, if people really want you to run around trying to keep them up with bandages then go nuts. Why am I telling you this? Well, it fits into my current crazy plan to stave off WoW burnout
. Playing a warrior can be a lot of fun, but it takes a certain mindset to do it and frankly, if all you're doing is tanking raids and grinding on quests, you're in danger of falling into a rut. You don't even have to be tanking raids for this to happen... soloing your warrior in Dustwallow Marsh can be just as much an example of staying in your comfort zone. Do you make up excuses why you can't run Zul'Farrak
just to grind away on quests in the deserts of Tanaris instead? Does the very idea of running Uldaman
make you break out in a cold sweat? Then you should run Uldaman.
Like most classes in WoW, warriors at say level 12 running Ragefire Chasm
or level 15 braving Deadmines
are hardly the same as a level 70 warrior running Sunwell Plateau
, but the path to the latter leads right through the former. You can read the forums, talk to other warriors, listen to long winded self appointed expert bloggers, or cruise the theorycrafting sites every waking moment, but as helpful as all these things can be you can learn more from doing than from all of them combined, if you pay attention and are willing to accept that you will screw up, groups will wipe, blame will be cast your way and sometimes it actually was your fault.
If you can endure this and learn from it, you'll become a better tank or DPS. In fact, I'll go so far as to say that's why these various instances are there. BFD
isn't just there to get you Strike of the Hydra
, it's there so you can learn how things like aggro management, crowd control, and tanking actually work.