I have dabbled in tanking before. Lyestra, my warrior, has spent much of her career as prot, though I’ll admit that her endeavors were mostly lonely ventures. She was my third 70 and I was a wee bit burned out on heroics by then. She also had shit for luck gear wise, poor thing.
Ambrosyne went prot in the waning days of BC, after I’d picked up a lot of tanking offset gear and had burned out on healing. I went from OTing Kara to MTing Kara, and then transferred over to Azgalor…
…where Steve threw me at things like, oh, OTing SSC.
After 3.0 hit my carefully balanced tank set was hosed-the talent changes left me below def cap, and I didn’t have the gear to fix it. We also had a few too many tanks at that point, so I went back to heals. And that’s really the majority of my tanking experience.
Tanking scares me. I research it-my spec, my gear, my rotation but…it’s not familiar like healing is. It’s still strange, and stressful, and more so than all that: it’s high profile. Oh it’s true that if you fail as a healer people will notice, but not quite the same way that they notice tanking fail. You can stand in the back as a healer. The tank is RIGHT THERE. UP FRONT. And if you think DPS makes your life hard as a healer by standing in fire, trying dealing with stupid DPS as a tank! Or not even that, smart but better-geared DPS will give any poor tank a run for their money.
My warrior is sitting there at level 76 with the VH quest still in her logs, because I’m afraid to tank it. Oh sure, I did it on Heroic with Ambrosyne-with guildies, who knew what they were doing and didn’t go pulling adds around willy-nilly. On my warrior, without overgearing the instance, in a pug? Uh…
“Do it with guildies!”
Yeah. Two things: one, she’s in a very small RP guild. Very small RP guilds do not good instance runs make. Two, my worst tanking experience of Wrath occurred with guildies from there. When I tell you a boss randomly drops aggro to charge, and you scream at me for not holding aggro, I’m going to Tank Rage on you. And if you then /gquit because I was “condescending”? Well, learn to fucking listen, then!
…okay, so months later I’m still bitter, apparently…
…but yeah, that’s why I’m scared of tanking, however much I enjoy it once I know what the hell I’m doing!