Tanking for Dummies


A Mythos Primer
June 19, 2009, 12:01 am
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So, stealing a bit of inspiration from Spinks’ post relating to this yesterday: There is a lot of things in World of Warcraft that owe a debt of gratitude to the work of H.P Lovecraft.  Lovecraft himself was a product of the age of Pulp, and his stories are a staple of the genre, filled as they are with horrible creatures and people doing terrible things to other people.  The thing that probably set Lovecraft apart from his peers, however, is that he was an adept world builder, and unlike today’s world of infuriatingly inane intelectual property disputes, Lovecraft profusely shared his ideas with other pulp writers like Robert Bloch (Psycho) and Robert Howard (Conan the Barbarian) and thus spread his world into the fiction of others.  This spread (which has continued today, clearly) is one of the reasons why people refer to this as the Mythos.  You’ll most commonly hear this connected to one of Lovecraft’s most famous creations, i.e. “The Cthulhu Mythos.”

If you’re new to all of this, allow me to give you a brief primer on the Mythos influences in World of Warcraft thus far.

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Ulduar Journal: General “Just use a DK tank.”
June 5, 2009, 12:01 am
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So much trash.

That is the first thing that I got from what we did on Vezax.  There is 7 pulls, Three of which are Mini-bosses of about the same level of difficulty as the Ancients in Freya’s area.  They don’t drop Emblem’s though, and that’s okay.  The ones that should drop the emblems are the 4 other pulls of NINE.  Did I mention there is only eight raid markers?  It was a good thing that I’m currently messing around with a dual-prot spec, so I could avoid accidentally dotting the sheep.  Not that this mattered much since the Death Knights did this anyway.  My god that first pull was so much death.  Especially one one of the rogue type mobs decided it would shadow step back to the start of the instance and start ganking healers when we tried to graveyard zerg it.

It works a bit better when your crowd control is working, but it still takes forever to clear, nearly an hour in our case.  As for Vezax himself…

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Ulduar Tanking Crits you for…
June 3, 2009, 12:01 am
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…everything.  And I thought I was Defense capped.

I mean, I’m not sure you’ve noticed.  You could be a total bear or something and have sixty bajillion hitpoints so this is not really so bad for you.  But for me, Ulduar has been a lesson in new ways to be gibbed, burned, splattered, diced, or otherwise rendered to ground chuck.  I understand Blood Elves like this sort of thing.  Personally, I hope they choke on a shard of my Slayer of the Lifeless.

Let’s Review, shall we?

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Ulduar Journal: And Mimiron Too…
May 22, 2009, 12:01 am
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After last weeks exciting episode turned into a prescient post on the drubbing of Thorim and Freya, the Monday crew got Mimiron as well.  The general sense seemed to be one of surprise: Is Mimiron easier than advertised?

Details shall follow after the break.

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Ulduar Journal: Stuck on Thorim and Freya
May 15, 2009, 12:01 am
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Welcome back to another addition to my growing Ulduar Journal.  Today’s subject is stumbling blocks, namely Thorim and Freya.  Tonight will mark the first night I have been in attendance where I will actually be fighting the same bosses I was fighting the previous week.  All together, we’ve been blocked by Thorim for three weeks and Freya for two by my count.

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Ulduar Journal: Auriya and Hodir
May 8, 2009, 12:01 am
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Welcome back to Ulduar.  Let me tell you, things are fresh.

Axiom continues in it’s fantastic capacity to clear all bosses already killed in one night (that would be Wednesday).  As of this writing, that includes Flame Leviathan, Razorscale, Ignis, Deconstructor, Kologarn, Iron Council, Auriaya, and Hodir.

The best part? I’ve been there for every new boss kill save Flame Leviathan and Ignis.  I know after a while I’ll be hurting for a new tanking weapon, but right now it feels pretty awesome to be able to document personally some progression raiding.  It feels like I haven’t done that since… well… Tempest Keep.

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Ulduar Journal: 2 weeks later…
April 29, 2009, 12:01 am
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…and I still have yet to participate in a Flame Leviathan kill.  This is not looking good for getting my hands on a Titanguard.  I may have to pin my hopes on other weapons – or try to run Naxx 25 myself for the axe.  I’m now well behind the curve of the other tanks on threat comming from white damage.

But that is neither here nor there.  Our second week/lockout was quite eventful.

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