Man I am tired! Just 4 days of work to go and I can have a little break which will hopefully revitalise me for a few months.
Guess what I have been doing recently? Gearing my DK to tank!
I haven’t had a lot of experience tanking, I have done it once at current max level (2 dungeons yesterday), and once on my pally when I was leveling her to 70. I have also done some lowbie tanking, but that doesn’t really count considering I was like 45 levels off from max level at the time.
So yesterday I went in and tank my first dungeon… I pretty much failed. I put it down to the fact that I did not check everything after I spec changed back to blood from frost… yes, blood presence is indeed very important in holding threat. I suppose I should have remembered or worked out something was wrong because I couldn’t hold agro. I put it down to the fact I had 2 dps that were twice as geared as I was in the heroic. I am not ashamed to admit I had a little bit of a cry after that heroic. What set me off was probably the warrior telling me to hold threat, and I was that frustrated because I was blood boiling and taunting and couldn’t hold agro and couldn’t work out why and the warlock would pull mobs whenever it felt things should go a bit faster. Luckily though that the other dps weren’t that bad and didn’t totally rage at me, and that my mate (who has resto shammied quite a bit before) can heal anyone without any trouble. Even my bf managed to pull agro on his little mage, though his mage has got slightly better gear haha. When I realised I didn’t have blood presence I am not sure if I felt more stupid or if it made me feel better that without it I wouldn’t be doing so great. I agreed to go in to another heroic and didn’t have a problem with threat after that… 😛
In saying this though, it really frustrates me when dps don’t give new tanks a go. Granted I was lucky to have gotten the people I did because my self esteem was already copping a battering by myself, let alone receiving criticism from others. I can be the biggest troll to my own self esteem, thanks. I actually felt bad for a tank last night after dealing with my first experience that day – I went into Terrace. I got in at the same time as our new tank and he said he was new and people understood and that was fine, however there is one fatal flaw in this story. I know that I don’t want to go into a raid unprepared. I want to know what is expected of me, what is likely to happen and when to tank swap. Luckily my bf will be main tanking beside me so I will feel better. However this tank didn’t listen. Essentially we had 3 tanks on Sha. We had the main tank who would more often than not get sucked away by omnious crackle, the off tank who was new and stood outside of the circle, myself as frost and an enhance shammy who would stand in the circle to keep up the wall while the main tank was away – so we were like half a tank each. Try as he might with taunting, the off tank couldn’t work out (even with us telling him to come stand where we were) why he wasn’t keeping agro. I felt for him, but I also tried telling him to come stand where I was – which was greeted with silence. Not that I can do any better – I only know the mechanics of Sha for a tank because we have had several tanks who haven’t understood the circle of light principle, but I knew to go in as frost because of that fact. I hate not knowing, I feel like I let down everyone if I were to make a mistake, especially if it is something crucial like knowing mechanics or the basics of tanking.
Then last night I got the urge to make a little toon to level. Why? Because. That’s my answer. I just felt like leveling a toon and having fun, so Laanel was born. She is a little nelf druid on Khaz, and I had quite a bit of fun on her. Level 13 and has 2 sets of BoA gear (4 pieces) one clothy stuff and one leather agi. I am currently kitty, so I look quite strange in my gear haha.
Yes, Laanel has no shoes. I don’t think she really cares either haha.
What I am caring about though is what her professions will be.
To be honest I am not sure what I will be making her be or do, so I am not sure whether it is worth working out professions to min/max. After all, I have that many toons that she could end up doing anything.. just probably not be a caster/healer as Kam is my resto druid. I think Laanel will be a kitty as that is what Kam was originally going to be until I decided to play pvp resto on her. To be honest I haven’t even really read profession changes either, but one thing that would always be helpful is a druid that can herb and mine. I just love being able to herb as a bird – so much easier near mobs.
Only time will tell!
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