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Hello!

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:

  1. Read THIS. (Hooray for more coat tails!)
  2. 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.

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This should have been a Monday post, but the day was far too busy.  And I lacked focus.  Because focus is for chumps.  And for people who know what they want to do.

But that’s where I was this past weekend, as well.  I completely lacked any focus about what I wanted to do with my characters.  Sure, I had a general idea, but I had no plans on how to go about it.

Darthregis – I’m pretty much “maxed” out with him in regards to gear, other than trying to farm EoFs.  I’m far too impatient to worry about that.  (Ie: I won’t spend 48 days straight doing a random just to get the iLevel-264 chest piece.)  But I was gradually gaining the materials to get the Bejewled Wizard’s Bracers to upgrade from some Naxx-25 bracers I’ve had forever.  Fortunately, I finally got all the mats put together and found someone to craft them for me (I don’t have the recipe myself).  Now that the Patch 3.3.2 is getting released today, hopefully I can score some T10 pants and gloves in VoA as I did with my current gloves and pants.

Naturalregis – My goal with him was to get away from stacking so much stamina and getting some more avoidance, primarily through more agility.  I’m not sure if it’s necessarily worth it from a survivability standpoint, but I think it should help overall (maintaining threat, etc.)  Anyway, this was achieved by saving up all my EoTs so I could buy four T9 pieces all at once.  I just couldn’t justify the gear swaps until I could get the set bonuses.  I was sitting at about 25 EoT’s away from that.  With some help from guildies and then some chain-heroics from Chawa, BBB‘s horde toon, and a couple of his pals, I managed to get that done. 

Unholyregis – “Wait!  Who the hell is that?” you might ask.  Well, that’s my Death Knight.  I haven’t been doing much with him.  In fact, once he got out of the starter zone, he sat in HFP for a long, long time.  I’d hop on and maybe run some low BC stuff with guildies.  But I’ve dabbled a bit over the last couple of weekends.  Last weekend, I got him up barely to level 66 and got him some heirloom gear (finally).  This weekend I crunched away and got him to level 67 and level 68 (and Northrend) are in clear sight!  The new map/quest tracker system has made questing very efficient for me and with randoms tossed in there as I run through, leveling has been quick.  He now sits in Nagrand getting himself rested up for his next forray into the wilds.  XP bonuses are delicious!  (Much like bacon.)

Trappyregis – “Wait!  Who the hell is that?” you might ask, again.  Well, that’s my baby Hunter.  I quested with him for a good while, early on.  I gave him a break to tinker with a Shaman but that didn’t last because I’ve been in the Barrens too many times.  But I’ve got the heirloom chest and shoulders for both the hunter and shammy (yay enhancement!), but priority is on the hunter.  So I got him from level 40 to level 43 and did some questing with some lowbies in the guild.  We also ventured into Mara Orange and made it pretty far in, but we couldn’t keep up with the bosses being four to six levels higher than people in our group.

Spookyregis – He sat idle.  Poor Warlock.  But he’s reserved for any questing with Chawa’s priest, and as you may have read, she didn’t get much attention either due to Chawa’s other conquests.

The crazy bit is that I managed to get all that done while still doing some errands with Chawa AND getting some PS3 action in there.  Getting close to the end of Batman: Arkham Asylum and got a couple of games in “Be a Pro” mode of NHL ’09 (I’d like NHL ’10, but I got ’09 off a buddy at work).  Yeah, it was a fairly eclectic weekend.  They usually don’t feel so productive.

Now that I’m done all that rambling, I’ve got a few questions for you:

Do you play the game just going with the flow, doing whatever feels right at the time?  Or do you go into the game with specific goals?  Or both?

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Brain Freeze!

A crazy and frightening thing is happening to me.

I am loving my death knight these days

Why is this crazy?

Well, it’s melee and so far, my attempts at the melee classes have barely made it past level 25.

Why is this frightening?

Well, this may sound strange but…. I don’t usually yell out my spells at the screen like “Strangulate” or “Oh! Mind Freeze!!” or “DIE DIE DIE!!!”  And when I became conscious of what I was saying, I broke down into a serious set of the giggles.

Beware the giggling death noob!

Mind Freeze is, by the way, my favourite DK spell.  Every time I imagine it I think of an ice cream brain freeze and laugh.

What’s also frightening is that I actually asked to join in a Ramparts run this weekend with strangers.  I took the honest approach:

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In the end, turns out that person they got bailed and so I was brought in.

When we all got in the instance, the infamous question was then asked.  “So, who’s tanking”.

Um, what?

Party chat was silent for a good minute until the other death knight said “Guess it’s me”.

Hell ya it’s you!  See my screenshot!

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Until this happened, I naively had absolutely no thoughts of ever tanking on my DK.  For the most part, I’m a solo player.  I really only run instances and raids with the guild or with friends.  Chances are, with the number of tanks we’ve got in the guild, I probably will never be asked to tank.  However, with the availability of dual specs, is it expected on a hybrid class to always dual spec in some manner?  Perhaps, it is.

 

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