Filed under: Advice for Non Tanks, Rants, Stupid Tanking | Tags: Deathknights, rant, stupidity
…Or, why Tarsus’ always ends up tanking on his Deathknight even though She is nominally DPS specced.
Yes, like everyone else I have Deathknight alt. As I think should be obvious from the spec, I am working with a cookie cutter DPS/Leveling build. It has been a reasonably pleasant experience so far – Death Grip is pretty much about as fun as Charge. There is really just one problem.
I end up tanking anyway.
Thus far, I have grouped with one protection Paladin and a hell of a lot of frost/unholy Deathknights. And I have some choice words for those Deathknights: Learn how to f***ing tank.
You have three tools to nab casters. And for gods sake use Death and Decay as often as possible. Hell, Pestilence and Blood Boil are also your friends for AoE packs. And, yeah, Frost Presence. Lich King’s Elite my ass. Noobknight is the new Huntard.
It is so hard not to just simply say “No, no, no. Give me that. Go… try and DPS or something. At least then your incessant spamming of howling blast and gargoyle will be of some use.” At the moment I’m just sticking with “It’s okay, I’ll tank.”
I know, deep down, why this bothers me so much. I am an experienced tank. I am accustomed if with the dynamics of the art. Even with mechanics that I had never seen before, I figured out how to tank practically from the time I finished my first Ramparts run. It seems positively inane to me that someone could not figure out that they needed to be using Frost Presence. Maybe I have standards that are just too high for a three month old class to hold up to, but it feels like finding a good Deathknight tank is like finding a Unicorn.
Or a resto Shaman.
I think, however, there are two lessons to be learned from this experience that apply.
1. You will always be most critical of those whose role you share.
As a tank, it was rare that I experienced this sensation until this Deathknight thing. I always got teed off at noob DPS, but I never really thought about how high my bar is set for tanks. It is worse because I have the capacity to simply swap gear-sets and presences and grab the reigns. Have I stunted the growth of a future tank, just because I can? It’s a pretty key question that I don’t have the answer to.
2. There are key abilities that are necessary for tanking to matter what your class/spec is.
Perhaps obviously, you don’t need to be specced to tank to tank anything lower than a heroic. It’s the old corollary: ability > gear > spec. And of those, ability is the hardest thing to cultivate. A tank needs to understand what their abilities do and how to use them. A tank needs to get a sense of what they can do to handle casters and other mobs that won’t just “get over here” when you pull them. A tank needs a sense of what the inside of an instance looks like. All those things you get from experience.
So all those Deathknights who I cut off: apologies are in order. May I offer a bit of advice?
Play a warrior first.
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