I decided to carry out my little experiment. I logged on to Ambrosine, which resulted in a small explosion of dust. Her gear is mediocre-tanking ToC10 is really the pinnacle of her ability right now. Despite that, it is still all epics, gemmed and enchanted and showing that I’ve managed to flail my way through several raids somehow.
I did three heroics, including Halls of Stone, which I loathe. Things did not go flawlessly-I tried to skip a couple of mob packs to save time, which resulted in people pulling them, naturally. The healer died at least once. I lost control of an add here and there, even as a lolpaladin. I was often mana starved, until I won the Winter Hat in Nexus and put it on.
Yes, folks, I ran around in a gods be damned Winter Hat (visible-see above!) and no one said a damned word. In fact, everyone was quite nice. This tells me a few things:
1) Even mediocre epics make a difference in people’s attitudes, or
2) I got damned lucky with the handful of heroics that I did despite every single one over the weekend being full of fail, or
3) The Ruin battlegroup is magically less fail than the Vindication battlegroup, or
4) Winter hats are awesome
Obviously this is an experiment I’ll have to continue, but the initial results are…interesting.
On another note, I was no more OOM with a disc priest healer than I was with the others. I sure can see the geared paladin plight in the older heroics though-damn, even with Divine Plea up, I was perpetually running on fumes! I was drinking before some pulls! My suggestion is that you either downgrade some gear, or wear something silly (like my hat) while still remaining over def cap. Don’t ask the disc priest to not bubble you, you’ll make me cry (and I’ll swear that it didn’t fucking matter).
ETA: If you want advice better then “wear a silly hat” go here, my fellow mana starved tankadins!