Tanking for Dummies

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
Filed under: Humor, Stupid Tanking | Tags: , , ,

…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
Filed under: Analysis, Raiding, Strategy | Tags: , , , , , ,

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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Trials of being a Part-Time Raider
May 11, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Raiding | Tags: , , ,

As I have alluded to many times in this space I don’t get too much raiding action these days.  In fact, I get on WoW maybe once or twice a week.  Ironically, I probably spend more time writing for Tanking for Dummies in an average week than I do playing.

What can I say?  There is a lot of stuff going on in my head that I want to share.

Needless to say, Axiom is not a casual raiding guild.  So where does that leave me?  There are some unique challenges to being part time.

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Ulduar Journal: Auriya and Hodir
May 8, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Raiding, Strategy | Tags: , , , ,

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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Cow has Media
May 6, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Media, Raiding | Tags: , ,

I know, shocking.

Huge thanks to my guildmate Kerp for this video of last Wednesday’s Razorscale kill.

I’m not in this one, but you can see three of Axiom’s other tanks at work (That’s Emphatic, Armann, and Charnal).

High Definition DivX format for the video is available here.