Echoes of the Weekend 9-28-09

September 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm (Guild Relationships, Tanks)

Tanking is an Art Form
I suppose it could have been worse – we could have been in a Level 80 dungeon. Over the weekend, some of us were doing a little rep grind while helping gain achievements in Outland, and most importantly: practice tactics we need for raids. Yes, we’re 80’s – yes, we’re overgeared (well, we did have one 70 in the group, loaded with epics). However, we were missing on common ingredient – a tank. 2 hunters, 1 mage, 1 priest and we were willing to go. Well, add one druid specced and geared for boomkin/tree, who decided to go as a tank. With minimal tanking gear. And, a serious lack of understanding in the cocept of “biting off more than one can chew.” Making matters worse was his constant overriding of plans being made amongst the dps for crowd control, prefering instead to run behind the corner. Yeah, we all know that trick – but how about this twist. Hunter 1 & 2 drop frost traps, and the mage will sheep on the pull – and the hunters can misdirect the remaining caster to you – around the corner. Then once we down one, we can shoot another free of the trap and tuck him in as well – the idea being is that we only have 1 target at a time to deal with. Am I wrong in thinking that this is what we were looking to work on, so that was the plan – and the tank’s “better ideas” didn’t have a place.
Thankfully, he left and I jumped over to my DK and tanked the other instance – while the dps practiced what they needed to. Sometiems, having the touch of skill in communications and diplomacy allows you to achieve your team goal, and your personal goal too.

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2 Comments

  1. KCnecrol said,

    First of all – great blog I look forward to reading it 🙂

    I had a recent experience where we went through all of the Outland dungeons sans a tank – and like you I found it to be a regrettable experience.

    I now /hug every tank I see !

    • rustbeard said,

      Just this morning the attitude problem left the guild for good. Shortly after the tanking incident, he pulled his druid out of the guild (and promptly joined another). When he was demoted following a signed up for instance on his alt and then skipping it; he complained, cried and threatened to leave.

      So, he was encouraged to make good on his promise. I only hope that the next GL doesn’t have the same heartburn.

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