Uff. Here we go. I was frikkin busy last week, so let’s get on with all the ideas I had during that time. Let’s start with Panzerwhiners.
Opening disclaimer: The post actually took a bit different tone and is very generalizing. So please don’t take it literally but with a grain of salt. I tend to rant about things and sometimes I rant just for the sake of ranting.
Panzerwhiners – background
Lately I’ve came across many posts about tanks, for tanks and from tanks about how you are not responsible for dps pulling threat off you. That is is never your problem, it’s the dps problem. Well, guess what. That is wrong. Now I understand that newbie tanks do need the pat on the back, and I totally agree that in more cases is at fault the dps but not the tank. Where is the problem then? The self-entitlement and wowcocks of most tanks. Just because you are tanking, it does not mean you are godsend wunderkind that can solo the instance. Sadly I see more than often on both my Death Knight and Rahana.
I repeat again – just because you spec protection / feral tank / any dk spec, equip tanking gear and go dryhump mobs or try to get physical on the receiving end, it does not make you a better than anyone else in the group. In fact, this sense of fake self-entitlement makes many fresh tanks to act like even bigger dickheads than they would actually be.
Panzerwhiners – the ideas
You are not responsible for loosing threat, it’s the dps problem to watch their threat and pace down accordingly.
That is fair point and there is no discussion here. Then again, many tanks who just fail at tanking use it as an excuse. I mean, if I have taunt-tank (a tank that tanks through autoattacks and taunts) I will pull threat at some point, no matter what I do. And if I get this quote back in my face, I enrage. If however I see the tank doing whatever they can to tps but the T10 dpsers are devastating him, I will always have his back.
If dpsers unload everything on the very moment you start running in range, pull and die it’s their own damn fault.
It is. Then again if you are warrior charging into group, I unload my Howling Blast with Killing Machine proc and end up tanking everything, you are to blame. Thunderclap and Shockwave are valid AoE tanking spells. Actually, one of the best snap-aggro mechanics in game. Use them (and yeah I know SW is pain in the ass to get it right). Don’t yell at me for not wasting a big dps cooldown.
DPS are responsible for attacking the right target, if they pull threat from anything you are not focusing on, it’s their own damn fault and they should burn in hell.
This kids is a point where I disagree heavily. Oftentimes, no matter what I do, the tank is just not keeping to a single target. Tabbing through giving a little love to every mob but not really preparing any of them for fuckload of damage incoming is a fail from dps perspective. If you run in, start tab swipe-mauling, don’t blame me if I don’t follow it too. I always select same target as tank pre-pull, or the most dangerous mob if I am sure the tank just charges, tags and shifts attention there.
You are not supposed to use marks, dps must know what they can dps.
This is just extension of the above rule. Use skulls. It’s not that hard to make a button for marking skull or bind that through modifier to your charge, throw, deathgrip, faerie fire so you always give a dps heads-up on target. If tanks dropped the stubborn dickhead attitude on this, their lives would be a lot easier.
Of course there are many dps dickheads that just won’t care about skull or marks at all. But there are as well us, nice players who don’t want to make your life miserable. But it’s a two way road. You scratch my back, I scratch yours. Help me help you.
Panzerwhiners – where can you improve?
Make haste for the time is nigh and the end of the world is close.
It is not. There is plenty of time. And by going too quickly you are likely to cause more troubles. To quote Big Bear Butt:
“Why is there never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to release and run back in?”
Read it again and think about it. I understand you’ve seen your awesome main tank Björn to reap through heroic in one pull, leaving nothing but severed body parts behind him, pushing in the frontline as only beacon of hope, shining champion that can’t be stopped. Juggernaut if you please. Well, that’s Björn, not you. You can’t do that. So don’t try. Always set your pace accordingly to your group, don’t push them too far.
We will just skip this here. I will pull this entire room. We should do it the way our guild does. Oh well, the Paladin will take care of that.
These shouldn’t be just voices in your head. Leading the instance by pushing forward and selecting paths is not only about doing what you want, but as well about communicating that to others, so they can prepare and support your decision. I personally hate skipping trash, it most of the times does not work (someone facepulls) and then there are two nasty groups to deal with and people wipe. Pit of Saron comes into mind heavily.
If you plan to do anything that derives from “standard way of doing heroics” – pulling more at once, cornering in some specific way, skipping trash or bosses – communicate. We are not mind readers. You risk breaking visual with your healer, over estimating your or healers capabilities, dps capabilities, anything really. And if you over estimate that without people being prepared, they hardly have a chance to recover.
Don’t turn your back on me! Turn it on them!
What really annoys me on most tanks is their inability or lack of will to prepare mobs for dpsers. Turn them around. You can comfortably do that while building awesome threat on them. That way you show that you appreciate other people in group with you and you actually null the chance of twat dps attacking from the front (twat dps always selects the shortest route to mob in vain attempt to top meters). I’ve even seen a response to this made by a tank who claimed that he
Does not have to turn the mobs around, it’s dps responsibility to get behind them.
It is. Then again, you scratch my back, I scratch yours. And by doing this, you are becoming a tank. Not a random panzertwat, but THE TANK.
Please think about how and what you do for a while. I understand you feel superior to us healing or dpsing people because you get shorter queves, you are crucial to any group you are in, but still. Make yourself a good tank, not just random stranger who pulls without thinking and then rages on everyone else for stuff they caused or failed to prevent.
Disclaimer: I am often fucking up as dps, mostly because I just can’t care enough in heroics. I admit that. But I try doing my best when the situation requires. Even if that is not enough. Put down the pitchforks and torches.