There is a lot of nervousness on the part of those who are attempting to take up the tanking torch. I completely understand why this is so – the new LFG tool incentivizes tanking with low wait times and high desirability. Even if you’re terrible at it and you get kicked from your group, you probably wait less time for the debuff to wear off than you would to get into a new group as DPS.
Yet, expectations are high, as is performance pressure. Tanking is a lot about confidence. You are, after all, the front line. So that nervousness is itself working against you. The tag line of LFG instancing, “Gogogogogo,” doesn’t help this situation much. No one wants to be rushed.
So if you want to tank, take the following tip from the Stupid Cow: If you know where you are going, everything else is just heroic strike spam. You can read the strategy on Tank Spot, or watch a video even. Boss strategies are about research more than anything. But getting lost is not something you can prepare for very well. In my experience, no video or map can replace the actual experience of running it through.
In some instances, this is cake. You can’t exactly get lost in the Halls of Reflection. In others, such as Sunken Temple, it would be easy to get lost. As the tank, you control the pace of the group it’s true, but more importantly you control where the group goes. If you know that, you’re already on the way there. If you don’t, maybe you should run the instance using a character you are more comfortable with.
THEN come back and tank it.
Because after that, you’re talking about either things you can prepare for outside of game (boss strategies, etc) or things that even the best tanks would be hard pressed to compensate for (bad LFG puggers). Everything else you either get by tanking, or just knowing where you are going.
That is how you get from where you are to tanking. Run the instance on your other spec/toon. Consult your favorite strategy site. And pick up your shield and go.
You can get to “Gogogogo” later. It’s not like they can do this without the tank.
Ah. New LFG Tool. Your praises have been sung by many. I have, myself seen the beauty of it’s well designed features. The obvious rewards, both potential and actualized. I could go on…
But I am a tank.
See, it has been brought to my attention that there are certain discrepancies in demographics, which, shall we say, make the LFG tool less than useful for certain other group roles. Like, say, everyone else.