I wrote last week about how I was going to try leveling my paladin as prot. This didn’t last very long, sadly. I admit defeat.
The mechanics of tanking are still interesting to me, and I’m a little disappointed that things didn’t work out.
My problem isn’t tanking itself, but what you have to put up with as a tank in the LFG tool. It only took one bad run to make me realize that I’m just not cut out for it. I know there are idiots out there – I’ve seen them before. But for some reason when I’m tanking these behaviors really get to me. In this case, we had a fantastic idiot mage who decided that it was his job to pull for me – and continued to do so when asked to stop. Then he spammed recount, and bragged about his amazing dps (yes, as a mage you WILL have high dps on AOE fights. Duh.) He insulted my dps as a tank (obviously he didn’t know what the point of a tank was), then he insulted Jardal’s dps. At that point I was just fed up, and initiated my first vote-to-kick ever. It didn’t pass.
I left. I know that the others just wanted to get through the instance, and they found it easy to ignore the idiot. I understand that mentality. I couldn’t ignore it though – I guess I take things too personally. I was stressed out enough trying to tank an instance I’ve never run at-level, trying to remember my abilities and hold aggro. The idiot just pushed me over the edge.
When the game stops being fun, its time to try something else. So I’m going to go back to Ret, and will probably try my hand at Holy when I get to 40. Maybe if she ever gets to a point where there are guildies at her level, I’ll consider tanking for them. I’m just not going back to that LFG tool as a tank. I know some would argue I shouldn’t let one bad experience ruin it for me. That’s a nice sentiment, but I realize that the bad experience is going to happen again eventually. The stress it caused is just not worth it.
I wonder how many other people have been discouraged from tanking by similar incidents?