So… you know how I wrote about learning to tank on my baby paladin, and then a few days later gave up due to the poisonous jerks I encountered in LFG? Well it turns out that I’m a bit of a flip-flopper.
M paladin is still a tank. I’ve thought things over for the past few days, talked to a lot of people, and realized that I still really want to learn how to tank. I want to learn it on the way up, not when I get to 80.
So how am I going to deal with the jackasses? I’m going to do my best to not let them get under my skin. My new philosophy is that if they aren’t going to treat me like I’m a real person, and worthy of respect and politeness, then I’m not going to treat them like a real person either. Mobs in WOW yell nasty things at us all the time, and it doesn’t bother us. If a player says something nasty, then they are just another enemy that needs to be dealt with. I’ll either ignore them, let them die, try to kick them, or leave if they are going to hinder things too much. When someone says something rude, they are no longer a part of my team.
If I have a moment of weakness and let someone get to me, then I’ll just leave. I will probably mope and/or rage about it for awhile, but that is life. People are idiots. A little bit of a thicker skin wouldn’t be a bad thing for me to have.
I tanked quite a few instances over the weekend, and each run went fine. In almost every one there was an overzealous player or someone who’s pet went a little wild and pulled more mobs then I was interested in pulling. It was annoying, but survivable. When the extra mobs get pulled, I hit Consecrate and taunt if necessary. There was one “helpful” warrior who would would run ahead and grab more mobs (after he decided I hadn’t pulled enough), and bring them back to my Consecrate. There was also a healer who decided not to wait for us to loot Houndmaster Loksey and ran on to pull a few mobs. I find I can handle this stuff if I just laugh and mutter under my breath. I’m sure Jardal will eventually get annoyed with my continuous “omg did he really just do that?” comments.
All my healers were competent, and no one insulted anyone. I’m becoming far more confident, and willing to charge in when the healer says “pull the whole room”. Having 8-10 mobs beating on me is such a rush – I feel invincible . I can understand why some people love tanking. I can’t wait until I can get some better mana-generating abilities, as even judging wisdom leaves me running on fumes after a few pulls.
I went from 33- 36 today in Scarlet Monastery. Instance leveling is incredibly quick, and the queue for a tank + dps is almost nonexistent.
I’m still leveling my priest on the other side, and she’s roughly at the same level. I’ve encountered quite a few horrendous tanks that make me feel really good about my tanking skills. Like the Pally tank that decided mana wasn’t important enough for him to bother with. On each group, he would hit one mob with Judgement of Wisdom, and do absolutely nothing else. I’m pretty sure Jardal’s shaman tanked most of that instance.
Now that I’ve decided to stick it out, I’ve been researching some tanking addons to use. Here’s a few I’d recommend:
ThreatPlates is a theme for the TidyPlates addon. It has threat-reactive nameplates can change color, size, and alpha depending on aggro level. You can select Tank mode or DPS mode. In the Tank mode, the default behavior is that nameplates are green and small when the mobs are aggroed on you, yellow when you’re beginning to lose them, and red when they are not on you. In DPS mode the behavior is inversed. It is very configurable – you can change things threat threshold, scaling, and alpha. When you switch specs it actually can switch mode for you, which is pretty cool. I don’t know if I could tank without this addon. I know there are other similar nameplate addons that people like such as caelNameplates, but ThreatPlates works nicely for me.
LuckyCharms2 is one of many addons that enables easy marking of targets. It has a scaleable, configureable bar that has the mark icons on it, as well as a ready check button. You click the mob you want to mark, and then hit the respective mark on the bar. I haven’t had the opportunity to use it much as most groups seem to want to faceroll through the instances, but I think eventually it will come in handy.
Final note: Don’t tank angry. Those antics the DPS pull will not be amusing.