I made a mistake last night. Our second 10 man folded due to a last minute cancellation, and the new priest wanted to run heroics, so I thought I would offer to go with. I needed a few more VP for another piece of gear, anyway. So. Another guildie who is also new to the guild was tagging along as well, which would put us at a healer and 2 DPS. Eeeenh. Surely I can tank a Zulroic with 2 pugs and not want to shank people!
No. Absolutely not.
I have not run the 5 man ZA and ZG much at all. In fact, I’d say I’ve MAYBE done them each twice, and none of that was terribly recent. I tanked one of them once, but I don’t even remember which one it WAS, so my familiarity is…lacking.
And I’m not a very confident tank. I function fine as a raid tank for my guild, where I know the people and I know the fights. Throw me into an instance that I don’t know very well–where, in fact, I have old memories of tanking it when it was a raid layered over everything–and I slow down a bit, and flail a bit more.
I was, apparently, not fast enough for the pug hunter. Now, I was already head scratching at this hunter because he kept tossing down frost traps. Not the ice cube making trap of helpful CCness. Not the fire trap of more damageness. Not even the snake trap of LOLSNAKESness. No, no he was throwing the frost trap down…on trash that did NOT contain scouts…for no apparent reason. Now, I got my hunter to 85 and then proceeded to not do much with her, but I don’t recall that suddenly becoming useful.
And then he started the GO GO GO nonsense. I paused and told him, politely, that I was not a tank that liked to be rushed. He then proceeded to ANGRILY AND IN CAPS yell at me when I did not move the next boss fast enough (see: lack of familiarity with fights). I became less polite at this point, telling him to chill or to go back to enjoying long ass DPS queues because no one likes to tank for assholes. Later on in the instance, after a pull went…less than well, he told me he sucked and left.
I’m now back to never tanking for a heroic group containing any pugs at all. I’ll go sit in my long ass DPS queue.
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I finally got a chance to raid with all of my gear at least reforged to reflect the 4.1 changes and the DW frost DK’s new love for haste.
Just to give you an idea, I did 13.5k DPS in BH last night when I forgot to swap out of my PvP gear. Of course, I also DIED on trash because I yanked aggro off the pugged tank, so… >.> There is an increased risk, as well.
Throw me in a raid with actual PvE gear on (heh) and 15k on boss fights seems to be typical. This is a nice boost up from what it was pre-patch, so change good in that regard.
I can see why some people feel that it’s hectic. I found it less so, but then, my attention was caught by the ‘dead spaces’ in which I had nothing to do. It seems as if there’s a few more of those than there used to be.
I blame the loss of blood strike, which was my “hmm, I need a button to press” go-to sometimes. Perhaps I will just restlessly spam horn of winter in these spaces instead, where the DPS warrior can promptly overwrite it with a shout.
That, or just run circles around non-cleaving trash mobs some more. >.>
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/dives onto ore node
/rogue appears, stabs
/casts Hungering Cold
/mounts and flies away
Amber is excited, oh look a filler post, this is not a flowchart, zomg Hungering Cold
Yes. After reconvening and finding us down a DPS, we weren’t able to move on becuase we couldn’t add anyone to our raid ID. Everyone got a fresh instance.
Fuck you too, Blizz.
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achloryn: idk if the word was ever passed on, but last night went fine and dandy. Arthas took us 3 tries, but we got him just after 10 last night.
Oasic has his Kingslayer?
achloryn: yep, he does
as does al
achloryn: and… someone else i think who didn’t have it? i forget
oh! Temnyi! rofl
Now it’s my paladins turn!!!!
achloryn: tell you what
let’s help soltaris get his ret gear a goin
and you can tank with me next week
me: Oh god
achloryn: you know what that means right?
you get all the fun assignments…
abom duty.. shadow bitch.. kiting ooze..
me: Hey, OT Bitch is my specialty and always has been.
MTing putricide is harder, and a lot less fun than the abom
me: I get to suck and play with balls, I’m okay with this
ETA: When talking about the above convo with someone else:
Linedan: that’s OK, somehow one of our RLs’ husbands got on Vent last night and explained that the Frozen Throne is actually just a pile of dried Arthas semen
me: …oh my god
Linedan: yeah, he’s got a stash of Playghoul right behind it
not much else to do up there
Linedan: which led me to snark
“What happened guys? I thought we had that attempt going good.”
“Eh, the warlock pulled agro and got hit by Money Shot right in the face.”
Linedan: “Shit. Warned her about standing there.”
“I’m not standing in bad, I’M FUCKING COVERED IN IT EWWWW”
me: I now can’t think of Defile the same way
Linedan: my job is done here
me: and now we know why he has all the valks up there at his beck and call
Really, he’s just trying to drop us off the ledge becuase we interrupted him
Linedan: makes you wonder just what he’d do to Tirion frozen in that iceblock
<echo> “Squeal like a hog, paladin.” </echo>
Linedan: what? maybe he caught a late-night showing of Deliverance and got some ideas
Linedan: who are we to judge, right?
me: LK fight, ruined forever
Linedan: I’m why you can’t have good things.
Linedan: your new guild name, “Covered in Bad”
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I’m still mulling over a flowchart, but for now, enjoy this one-off sillyness.
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Murphy’s Law of Alting to Help the Guild:
The Inevitable Cycle of Guild Composition
Let’s say…you’re a priest. You enjoy priesting, but you also like to have a well prepared alt to help the guild out in case of Wonky Composition Nights, so you start prepping one that you adore playing. Alright, so secretly you relish the idea of raiding as another toon sometimes. You REALLY hope that you’ll get to use your alt at least SOMETIMES. Anyway. So let’s say you’re readying a hutner, because your guild is actually really low on hunters.
Just about the time she’s ready, suddenly your guild has 5 hunters.
Oh, well, there’s pugs and stuff, right? Back in the back for now, hunter. So you go along and soon it seems that your guild is always running short on tanks. They mysteriously vanish during anything but raid times, and it would be cool to help with off night raids and stuff. So you get your tank ready to go and…
…suddenly your guild has more tanks than they can shake a stick at. Not only mains, but also alts, becuase it seems like everyone else in the guild had the same idea you did. And they’re all paladins.
You keep on priesting. Suddenly a lowbie alt of yours catches your fancy and next thing you know, you’re plugging away at a druid. Your guild actually has a dearth of druids. Oooh, could this be your new Cata main? What a thought!
Just as she hits that nearly Northrend home stretch…
…half of your newest recruits are druids, of the 2 specs you favored, and you don’t need any more.
…all this has actually happened to me. How about YOU guys? :P
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