This blog got called out as having some Druid tankey goodness to it. I’ve brought it up a couple of times, but haven’t gotten into it that much. Now that it’s been brought up, I feel obliged to talk about my Druid tank. No pressure!
So, I’ll start it off with some old thoughts and work it into my renewed focus:
Since patch 3.3 dropped, the biggest and shiniest feature would probably be the new LFG (LFD) tool. And I would have to agree – it’s a very good, efficient way of getting groups. I like it a lot.
Given the amount of blog posts that are going on out there, it seems that this wonderful tool has also made it evident that WoW is full of more asshats than initially anticipated. (Penny Arcade did an amusing NSFW comic on this anomaly.) And you’d think with this many people complaining about asshattery, eventually the problem will subside. Well, it’s a new shiny still, so we can only hope it will get better.
Anyway, a little while ago I wrote a blurb on how I was hesitant taking Naturalregis in to see Koralon; the latest resident of the Vault of Archavon. The fact remains, I’m still hesitant about taking my tank into PUGs. Even into 5-mans using the LFD tool. This time, though, it’s not so much that I worry about lacking gear. (Have a look here or here – yes my expertise is low – what of it?!) What I’m aprehensive about is what I may lack in a few other areas. Here’s a quick list about what I worry about:
- Being able to keep aggro over the T9 + EoT gear dps’ers
- Being able to keep aggro over the dps that attacks whomever they want out of the group
- I don’t chain pull; I do pull more mobs than I used to, but I still don’t go all nuts over it
- I don’t rush-tank; which often goes hand-in-hand with chain pulling
- I actually mark my intended kill order; this also makes asshats more impatient
So, basically I like my dungeon experience to be a little more calculated than brute force, regardless of how easy the latter may be accomplished. This may make me boring, but whatever. Sure, there is some fun in chaos, but I prefer a clean, steady path to completing things. In the long run, it probably saves more time rather than take longer.
That being said, it’s time I overcome this hesitation. There are some things to be learned from the chaotic approach and hopefully I can figure out a thing or two about tanking better. Such as better use of my growl and fairie fire on mobs, etc, etc.
Another one of the things that I should be doing is helping out my guild by getting some better gear. Again, it’s not all that poor, but there’s still room to improve. And using the armour and miscellaneous gear lists that BBB posted, I can actually break it down and pick gear that will be relatively quick (and easy) for me to get. (For the record, I’m going to focus on getting the EoT trinket first and then work towards the head, chest, hands, and legs T9 bits and pieces.)
Now, all I have to do is stop being a big sissy and stop shying away from those PUGs. For me, it’s always better to run with guildies, but that can’t always happen. And there’s always going to be a rotten apple in the bunch, but I’ll just have to roll with the punches. And considering the short wait time for tanks, I should have no problems reaching my goals.
Do any of you have any thoughts on the matter? Any other experiences to share while tanking out there? Will I get kicked from a group when I let the mage, who initiated the pull, die?