If you want to know just how much of a fail tank I really am, you need to see me on Lyestra. There’s something about flailing around as a warrior that is great for destroying any WoW-related ego I have.
I am-at least, by how I measure such things-an inexperienced tank. I leveled my paladin as holy, only picking up tanking after acquiring a fairly decent set of gear when Kara was on farm. I spent some time tanking a few heroics and Kara before I transferred to Azglor…where Steve was cruel and threw me into SSC OTing.
I had my prot warrior to 80 in those days, but she never even set foot in a heroic. Neglected alt was neglected.
When the pre-Wrath patch hit and fubar’d all my tanking gear (that oh so carefully juggled combination of tanky stats and spell power), I went back holy,only picking prot back up well into Wrath.
I’m not sure that such a sporadic, mostly raid-based career as a perpetual OT was the best way to go. I like to think that I don’t suck…on my paladin. My warrior, however, seems to be a constant flail fest of lost aggro. Maybe this is just because I’ve never geared up as a tank before. My paladin always started with a collection of hoarded epics. Lyestra has started from scratch so to speak, and may be suffering for it.
This shaky tanking career is probably why things like this are terrifying:
omg omg omg omg omg omg omg! Performance anxiety, performance anxiety! This is only an alt! What am I doing!
I felt immensely clever for things like dropping consecrate in one alcove and then running to another so that I could easily pick up two of the three spawns right off the bat. It doesn’t take much to make me happy, though. >.>
We cleared all the way through Saurfang…albiet barely. Saurfang was one of those post-enrage, one paladin left alive, bubbled and flailing wildly type kills. I’ll take it, though! Thank you, Pity Buff!
Of course as fail of a tank as I am, I know that certain behavior is uncalled for. Let’s say, for example, that you are invited to tank for a weekly raid run. The group consists mostly of a particular guild. The other tank, who is a member of that guild, tells you to tank the adds.
Do you politely say okay?
Do you politely say okay even while inwardly bitching about how add duty sucks sweaty donkey balls?
Either of those is fine. The following, however, is not:
And we’re kicking you from the fucking raid! Good night, Fivestar douchecanoe! Thanks for calling us all typical fucking children, you typical small dicked twatwaffle! Enjoy your wasted raid lock-out! I only regret not turning on trade in time to wield my rapier wit against your fail whining.