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Or is it the other way around?  Anyway…

A few weeks ago now, Chawa, Brokentree, and I entered into a random heroic instance using the LFD tool.  BT was going to tank on his warrior, Chawa heal on her priest, and I was going to DPS with my mage.  We ended up getting Pit of Saron.  It went smoothly up until the Krick & Ick fight, where a Death Knight ended up biting it.  Some drama ensued and it resulted in vote-kicking him from the group for being rather rude. 

I really wanted to rant and rave about this guy being a jerk, but decided against it.  Then a little while ago while I was watching some Judge Judy on TV (I’m addicted!), Chawa had this great thought: 

What would it be like if Judge Judy was addressing the drama that came up in LFD PuGs?

So, we conceptualized the dying DK situation from awhile ago and co-wrote this fun little Judge Judy court case. 

Warning:  It’s a bit of a longer read, but it’s a good bit of fun! 🙂  Please enjoy!

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Ah, glorious Vault of Archavon (or VoA), how you amuse me! 

Okay, maybe VoA doesn’t amuse me so, but sometimes the people in it do. 

For those who avoid PvP (and live underneath an Azerothian rock), VoA is the raid you get as a reward for winning the world battleground known as Wintergrasp.  So, if you have happened to participate in the WG battle that happens approximately every 2.5 hours, you will notice the VoA callouts immediately after a victory (both in WG and Dalaran).  

[1. General] [PlayerName] LFG VoA 10/25!!!1!  (And anything of the ilk.) 

You are also likely aware of fact that VoA bosses drop some high end PvP gear and tier gear.  Toravon drops potential hands or legs in Tier 10, Koralon drops hands/legs in Tier 9, and so on for Emalon and Archavon.  The iLevel loot also matches up with the raid size, so 25-man VoA drops 25-man equivalent gear.  Which also means that if you run both 10 and 25, you get potentially two swings at the bat for some phat lewtz and some extra Emblems of Frost

Depending on the time and day, I enjoy duking it out in Wintergrasp and following it up with hopping into a VoA.  Now, the biggest downside of every VoA run is that you’re in a PuG.  As such, they can often be a little unpredictable.  This latest venture into VoA was just that, because the completely unexpected did occur to me. 

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Well, a few of the blogs that I read have chimed in with their thoughts on the changes to raiding for Cataclysm.  A few other blogs with their take on the matter have also been mentioned by WoW.com.

Now, I’m sure most of you have probably done your own fair bit of reading and opinion making at this point.  I probably should have put up a post with my thoughts sooner if they were to have any impact.  But I didn’t.  The hampsters are getting fat and lazy, and as such, they aren’t running in their wheels as much as they should.

Anyway, that’s neither here nor there.  What IS here is my opinion.  I know you didn’t ask, but you’ll get it anyway. 🙂

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I’m helping Chawa’s priest hunt down the Abyssal Rune from regular ToC.  I decide to go as a tank in hopes of quick queue times.

But this is what I see:

These wait times are unheard of for tanks! WTF!

The things we do for our better halves, eh guys?  nowutimean?

** Edit – 25 minutes later:  After a disconnect, a requeue and maybe another 7 minutes, we got into a group.   The first thing that someone said, “How many of you are here for trinkets?”  Seems everyone but me was.  That said, fairly smooth run despite some bickering over someone wanting The Black Heart (before we even got through the first fight).  Chawa’s trinket dropped and she got it, though.  Hooray!

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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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