My main spec is a retadin 7K to 9K dps (I guess if I remember to doff the fishing pole I could improve it :))
I read this thread with a new set of eyes, because I just started tanking. I wanted to learn to tank out of frustration with some experiences I had with other tanks, and because I wanted to help my guild (minimize the 40 minute waits).
As a dps, I like it very much when priorities are identified by tanks - i.e., skull and X. Fights always go more smoothly when they are marked - when tanks do not mark priorities
, the instance is always frustrating. As a tank, I try to always mark priorities.
As a dps, I like it when cc is used (and marked well). Each fight goes better, and the healer seems much less stressed for mana. Although I know tanks do not need to be the ones marking cc's - when others do not mark their cc's, and tanks refuse to either mark cc's for the party (or outright refuse to use them)
, the instance is always frustrating - and often a wipe. As a tank, I am at the stage of learning to mark cc's and speaking with the healer about level of cc's they wish. I am not at the advanced stage of asking others to mark their cc's, and setting dps priorities after.
As a dps, I admit to having gotten caught watching my hands instead of my feet. I have gotten better, but I think we all stay in "fire" too long once in a while. I learned to like the "green circle", and then..boom..poison circle. Or light blue "healing circle" I jump out of. It will always be one of my areas of improvement. As a tank, I notice the color under my feet, and the casting bar of my opponent much more.
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to tell you that I loved the post, and most of this thread... mostly in confirming what I have been learning as a dps, and am trying to apply to tanking.