Josh wants to work on his DK’s gear, so I volunteered to tank for him-as a DPS, nothing beats having a tank buddy for insta-queues. My paladin could still use some badge gear, as I do use her for Ulduar hard mode tanking.
As always, I am…quite vocal while tanking. Josh is treated to a slew of commentary, usually along the lines of “You know, I can hold the aggro on that caster over there just fine IF YOU DON’T FUCKING TOUCH IT YOU FUCKING MORON!” and “I guess the concept of waiting until I position the mobs is entirely foreign to you.”
In one particular Halls of Lightning run, I was pulling conservatively. Not only do I tend to this out of habit, but the group had already proven that they couldn’t keep their trigger happy mitts off single mobs I was dragging.
This does, however, often leave me faced with mana problems-I’m usually running around sans a piece of armor and using Seal of Wisdom. This was the case in HoL, but things had gone mostly smoothly. I say mostly because we did have some cases of Oh Look The Melee Died, but that was mostly the rogue not realizing that running out of The Bad was generally better for his health.
I would also like to note that the only time I had issues with aggro was when Josh ended up in Frost Presence. Yet for some reason, as we’re clearing the trash to Loken, I get a whisper from the warlock.
“Did you know that Seal of Vengeance does more threat?”
I halted. All sorts of surprise and sarcasm welled forth (“No shit?”), but I managed a polite, “I know, but I’m overgeared to the point where I have mana problems in old heroics, so use Wisdom.” And unable to help myself, I pointed out Vengeance is not the seal to use on trash, regardless. Mobs don’t live long enough for the stacks to be really useful.
…so they oh so helpfully told me I should chain pull.
“Ah,” I said, “but I’ve learned I can’t always trust the DPS to behave in random heroics, making chain pulling difficult.” I continue to boggle at how much some people struggle with the concept of letting the tank position mobs.
I got a non-committal response with a : \ face.
…then I whined to Josh that I was being told how to tank, and he initiated a vote-kick for the person. /facepalm
I’m just wondering why the hell someone would feel compelled to try to tell me how to play when I’m not having any fucking problems. The rogue died when all the slag mobs exploded? Not due to threat on my part. The DK and the rogue died on the lightning crackly boss because they can’t get out of the fucking way? Not my problem. I even generally held all the trash, so I’m not sure why this stranger on the internet felt compelled to tell me I was using the “wrong” seal when anyone who actually plays a fucking pally tank would know exactly why I was using Wisdom.
How about you don’t make an already timid tank second guess herself further by keeping your fucking mouth shut?
Oh by the way, did you know that you shouldn’t use fear in an instance? It’s really annoying.