Thanks for being good folks.
Worried about public rep, and game play
Tanking is probably the most stressful job in the raiding game. Mainly just because you know that you're the engine that makes the train move. You do all of the pulling and positioning. The raid moves with you and that can be stressful for certain players.
I tanked through Classic, BC and Wrath on an old account, but have since retired from tanking. I feel like I did all there was to do as far as tanking goes. I had some great moments and memories, along with plenty of success gearing my character. I am not nearly as involved or serious with the game these days. I have now picked up healing as my new go-to role and I enjoy it. I have been healing since the start of Cata and I feel like it suits me well. I don't have as much time or interest in the game anymore, so healing gives me just enough that I feel more involved than just another DPS (no offense to the DPS out there, I just don't get much enjoyment from it).
Hit and expertise caps are your most important go-to stat. Dodge/Parry/Mastery are all lower priority than 2550 hit and 5100 expertise. Reforge from Dodge to expertise, then parry to expertise, then mastery to expertise. This is because of your HP-generating abilities. A missed/parried CS or Hammer drops your survivability because you're losing the holy power and thus using SOTR less.
Congrats on opening up the new LFR's! Good luck!
You need Recount, DBM (Deadly Boss Mods), and Auctioneer to tank effectively with pugs.
I really don't want to derail this thread, you guys are doing great and supporting Siseihra.
But what exactly is auctioneer going to do to help them in a raid setting?
Disclaimer: I don't tank, much for the reasons below, and particularly I find it incredibly boring, but to each their own.
1. First, don't give up, and don't let your self worth be determined by this game. Cheer up, a positive attitude will help immensely.
2. Learning to be a tank sucks. When in a group situation, EVERYBODY expects the tanks to generally now everything about their class and the encounter.
3. Following from #2, LFR/LFD are NOT places to learn. People in these instances are impatient and sometimes downright cruel. Stay away from them for now. So how do you learn? Your guild. Start running some dungeons with some of your guildees with the expectation that you are learning, they will be FAR more forgiving and helpful, especially if you have vent or mumble to talk out your struggles. If your guild won't help you with this, then honestly you are in the wrong guild.
4. What if you don't have a group? Practice on your own. If you are out adventuring, just help somebody else with a mob by taunting and taking threat and be the meatshield you yearn to be. No need to group or even talk, just help. If you can score one, try the brawlers guild, it will help you work with a boss mods addon and practice your interrupts.
5. Addons, there really is only two type of addons that is absolutely necessary. Omen, or another threat meter, it's your job to stay on top of the threat table. Some kind of boss mods addon (DBM, BiggWigs, etc), this is essential to keep you self aware of the major tasks expected of you as a tank, mainly taunting and interrupting.
6. Once you think you have mastered the basics. Jump into some REGULAR dungeons, they are super easy, and will help you learn more. No, most of the gear will be useless, but this is how you learn.
7. Now you are starting to get ready for the big leagues, you should know how your tank class works, research the encounters before jumping into LFR/LFD, everybody expects this of the tanks. I know its unfair a DPS can lol their way through LFR/LFD, but thems the breaks, you want to tank, then that is what is required. Open the Dungeon Journal in game, check out sites like
8. Finally, if you are confused about an encounter, just don't pull, speak up and politely ask for some basic assistance. Remember, be humble. Typing text can leave much to the reader to imply a tone when it is not intended, take the time to be polite and respectful.
Hang in there!
If someone has threat, the border around their frame turns red. Very simple to use. No guesswork.
I used Omen while tanking on warrior. I like Vuhdo better while tanking on Paladin because I can easily click someone's frame to dump a hand spell or LoH on them (if it comes to that, in emergency situation).
Seems to cover all bases.
Also, tanking does take time. You can tell when someone hasn't been tanking for a long time. They hesitate, the rotation isn't as fluid, and they make mistakes like popping CD's too early or too late. It's kind of like being a passenger with a 15 year old, just got her permit driver. Can they do it? Sure. Is it a little scary? -Absolutely-.
The only way to get familiar with the fights though is to do them, over and over and over until you've got a natural feel both for your keybinds and for the fights. Try queueing as DPS a few times and see how other tanks are handling things. That can also help. If you have tank friends in your guild, talk to them and ask how they handle fight XYZ. Most tanks are more than happy to share secrets.
Anyway, good luck... keep trying. You'll be Sir Awesome in no time. :)
If you wanna practice tanking put all your tank gear on, go out into the world and pull as much !@#$ as you can... I mean pull alot of stuff :) and practice holding aggro on everything and surviving.
And yes, if you're just doing random dungeons don't worry about your rep, literally no one will remember you. I can't say the countless times I've kicked idiots or had awful runs and seen those idiots kicked; or seen jerks pull then leave. But I can't remember a single name from someone else on a different realm that isn't personally on my friends list.
Even if you're on their ignore list somehow they no doubt won't remember why they put you there a few weeks from now.
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