Welcome to my un-authorized and previously un-discussed counterpart to Brokentree’s post on Pugging as a Tank. Yes, I’m riding on your coat tails.
Anyway, this post is mostly inspired by an altercation I had over the weekend while pugging away in the LFD system.
You see, I teamed up with one of our Pally tanks to acquire my EoF’s for the day. No worries! Having a tank in group = no waiting! The loading screen fired up and we were presented with Oculus. No problem! Two more EoT’s and a chance at a funky mount.
Of course, the start of the instance is arguably the worst because of all those stupid whelps. But you usually manage. I find as DPS it’s usually best to just target one whelp and blow the hell out of it. Sure, you get zapped once or twice, but it’s only one whelp so it isn’t so bad. Anyway, we go into our second pull with a couple of the dragonkin and the DPS Death Knight gets a ton of aggro and dies. Smarmy words ensued.
I was initially going to detail the argument, but it detracts from my point. Short version is that the DK blamed the tank for not having aggro and I defended the tank, suggesting that DPS stealing aggro is the fault of DPS.
So, I’m going to provide you with a two very simple tips to help you share a healthy balance of threat with your beloved tank:
- Read THIS. (Hooray for more coat tails!)
- Learn what your tank’s AoE ability looks like and wait for it.
Otherwise, my DPS brethren – pulling aggro is indeed YOUR fault. Have some situational awareness. Adjust to your surroundings and your tank, whether it be their play style, gear, or inexperience.
Thank you, that is all.