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I am a new player to wow. My first toon was a short lived Nelf Fire Mage created after many days of 'research' last August 2012. Suffice to say that much has changed as I have stumbled around wow across factions and toons.
I played this toon as ret until last November when I wasn't enjoying the spec but was terrified to try tanking. I saw that ret gear was superior to traditional tank gear in many cases at these lower item levels and so I threw all dignity aside and danced around specs to collect some better gear from LFR in order to over gear for MOP dungeons. But I was still terrified of tanking so I shelved this toon over the winter break and leveled a frost mage : )
I finally forced myself to complete a MOP heroic this last Sunday and have been tanking dungeons ever since. Everything is beginning to slow down even though I still feel slow, stupid and clunky. I completed the first part of the LFR Mogu'shan Vaults earlier tonight with the help of a very friendly main tank and even though I did my best to wipe the raid, we lived.
I want to improve as a tank and I want to challenge myself to see if I can obtain the skills to enjoy the proper end game content for both this and 5.2 and beyond. I know the best way is probably through a guild but because its so late in the season it seems everyone is looking for more experienced tanks and more experienced players in general. Everyone is simply grinding for gear in prep for 5.2.
Thank you for any productive feedback that you can give me. Also, if I am approaching this from the wrong perspective or not asking the rights questions please tell me.
TL;DR What is the best way for an inexperienced noob tank to progress to end game raiding (normals/heroics) this late in the season?
Well at some point, you will need to join a raiding guild. Start out casual first. There are usually plenty of guilds on any given server looking for more players. Be honest - explain you're new. It'll take time but you'll find one that is accepting and start there.
Before doing that, looking at your toon
- You need to enchant and gem your gear
- Try tanking every LFR you can and eventually becoming less and less reliant on the other tank
The new patch is coming, but you'll want to run LFR weekly and get VP capped in anticipation for the next patch.
I find watching videos of the fights to be very helpful. The in game dungeon guide also works in a pinch. I'm actually an aspiring tank myself and plan on watching the rest of the msv tank guides and then head out to lfr. Good luck :)
Good. This is one of the best things for you to do - practice tanking, ideally in a situation where you can ask for advice. I'm always happy when a co-tank in LFR asks for advice, because it's better than them not asking and then not knowing what to do.
A bit of what to learn is specific tricks for each boss, but a lot of what to learn is general tactics: spin the enemy to have his back to the raid, watch for adds, etc.
Read the sticky posts in this forum, but having someone to ask for advice can help you learn, and tanking heroics and LFR helps you turn learning into experience.
....one thing to remember though is that LFR is ONLY practice. Look up guides before entering any normal modes to understand what to do because the difference from LFR to normal is staunchly different from a tanking perspective
Stone guard: LFR-just stand stationary and hold threat on 1 or 2 dogs.....Normal mode-there's a strict taunting rotation that must be followed or fail group(and proper positioning helps too)
Feng: LFR-um, well just hold threat(you really only need 1 tank for this as the stacks you get will most likely fall off during epicenter/ also you can bubble for every epicenter).......Normal mode-you'll need to either be the shroud tank or the bubble tank and taunt off accordingly and steal abilities if you're shroud tank, and you can only bubble every other epicenter if you're the bubble tank
Gara'jal: LFR-either you or the other tank just hold threat and GG......Normal mode-well pretty much same thing only it's advised if you're the tank holding boss to chain trinkets with cooldowns to mitigate as much damage as you can to help your healers out, and when you get banished you actually NEED to kill the 'severer of souls'
I won't go through every boss, but just remember that LFR is just a easy peasy tool to help familiarize yourself with the fights a little before you dive right into normal modes
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