I want to learn to tank
You have a 90 Monk apparently...
I hear they are pretty hard for a beginner
This was my first tank, back then they were "hard". My level 50 BrM reminds me of old Unholy tanking.
Jump into some normal level MoP dungeons or heroic Cata dungeons and give it a shot. Maybe try to solo some old dungeons yourself to get the rotation down.
EDIT: if you have the cash, buy the crafted PvP gear, it'll get you through normal modes and geared for heroic tanking.
Since they added Active Mitigation to all tanks they are all somewhat complicated to play but none should be overwhelming.
I would recommend against leveling a druid as a tank. I love my druid tank but they learn their skills in a weird order and there are some really bad sections of the leveling grind where you just don't have much to do.
When you are working to learn tanking make sure you don't only focus on the mechanics of the class you are playing. Awareness of your surrounding, the healers mana, where is the fire, etc. is very important. In my opinion awareness is the most important quality of a good tank.
Also if you level all the way up from one you will probably not be traditionally "tanking" until about level 40 or even 50. In low level dungeons DPS can (and will) pull their own mobs and survive just fine.
And if your already an avid PvPer, then tanking is a breeze, it just boils down to knowing the encounter and knowing what to do. Class becomes irrelevant really, and knowledge on what to do and when to do is the key.
Before you sink days of your free time into a whole new character, consider buying a crafted set of level 450 blue tank gear from the auction houses, respec to Brewmaster, and start doing your daily quests in tank-mode. Check out a class guide to learn the basic spec and rotation, and then just start practicing.
Warriors I hear are the most fun, but like someone else mentioned about druids, they get their abilities in a weird order that make Rage (both's resource) feel really clunky till nearly max level.
Can't comment on monk. But you already have one at 90 so why not give that a swing. I hear they're a hoot.
Pally are pretty cool, they get tons of survival cd's, and a large selection of attack options even if their basic rotation is fairly short.
Obviously I recommend a DK. You're looking at about 3-4 abilities that deal damage for 80% of the fight (though there are many many more), which lets you concentrate on other things if that's your pacing. You get an a$$-ton of survival cd's, and self heals which makes people think you're a lot better than you actually are. Plus you start at 55, so you're already half-way there if you hate leveling.
Monk tanking, though my guy isn't high enough to run a dungeon yet, looks like it'll be barrels of fun to figure out and learn. Haven't tried it on my Pally or my Warrior, but I'm not confident with them at all outside of DPS (and that's shaky at best).
Your milage may vary, of course. I suggest leveling one from scratch, but I wouldn't be confident in picking up a spec I haven't used at all at max level. Once again, ymmv.
pally is pretty easy to tank with, use avengers shield/judgement to pull a group of mobs. Try to either stack the mobs on one of the caster mobs, or hit the caster with avengers shield. Avenger shield will silence the caster for a few seconds, so he will run to you before casting again. Your goal is to try and tank all the mobs in one spot.
After the pull, its really easy. Hit hammer of the righteous on cool down if your tanking a group, or hit crusader strike if there is only one mob. Hit judgement on CD, and try to throw in avengers shield, holy wrath, and consecration in whenever possible. It doesn't really matter when you use those though.
when you have 3-5 holy power, use shield of the righteous, it will do damage, and give you a short damage reduction buff. If you have low health, use word of glory to heal yourself instead. But you should rarely have to use that in a normal dungeon.
After a while, everything will become 2nd nature.
If you want something a bit more beginnerish but with not as good info check out the guide at Icy Veins.
I want to learn to tank, I'm specced as Arms at the moment, and I want to second spec prot, but I've never even practiced warrior tanking.
Would I be best off getting a good 1h and decent shield and soloing Cata Heroics for practice until I think I'm good enough for dungeons? Cos I don't want to level a new toon until this is fully geared and gemmed, but I'd like to pick up tanking. I do have an idea of the mechanics of tanking because I was a prot pally on my first toon, but is there anything I could do to learn on this toon? Any tips?
After you understand how to tank, go ahead and jump into heroics, it will be the same thing but bigger numbers.
The best tip I can give you is to tell your group that you are new, and try to learn when to block and barrier, its not simply block for melee and barrier for magic.
11/30/2012 04:49 PMPosted by GoonartI want to learn to tank, I'm specced as Arms at the moment, and I want to second spec prot, but I've never even practiced warrior tanking.
I just did this with a guildie. We started in MoP normals, jumped into a few heroics. It was fun.
If you can find a healer that is willing to help you through the learning curve, that works well. It helps if you bring along a tank that can dps and give pointers. In our case we had a hunter alt of another tank teaching our new monk tank on vent.
I would not start another character as you are not learning tanking until you reach the 80s.
I would do it in pandaland so your drops are useful.
At least get some pointers for key binds and rotations from another prot warrior. Getting a feel for how your AM works is important.
IMO, you should be fine with that toon in Panda Normals, but with your current gear plus a shield you will need a better than average healer, not an super healer, just not a noob.
Shuffle. Shuffle. Shuffle.
Use abilities accordingly, which pretty much goes for all tanks.
Yes I've tanked on every class. I'm loving the monk a lot. Getting this and my prot warrior going for right now. The DK is lvl 89.
In terms of the DK, if you're good at Rune Tetris and my dear god don't mind spamming DS as mitigation, then DK is pretty nice.
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