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I am almost lvl 90 and I have no idea what Raiding is like... I have obviously never raided before. So should I Tank my first time or should I try and do some Damage to get the feel of the Raid.
I don't see why you shouldn't give tanking a go. Worst that happens is you don't do very well and back out and regroup. No reason not to do (reasonably) well though your first time tanking a raid. A little preparation goes a long way. Read up on the raid(s) at sites like Icy Veins and watch videos on the fights. Fatboss videos, for example, are popular and can be viewed on YouTube. Then give LFR a go. LFR is a less dangerous, simpler version of the real raid but still provides players a good intro to the fights. Next, to avoid unnecessary pressure and conflict try to find a casual raiding group or one that hasn't got much experience themselves. Ask them to be patient. Let them know you're new to the fight up front. Preferably run with a group of friends/guildies to ensure you're in a positive learning environment. Be patient with yourself too. Even the best tanks in the game had to learn the fights from your starting position.
Edited by Jederos on 4/3/2013 1:50 PM PDT
Right so you want to raid. You should NOT tank your first time through. Tanks face by far the most scrutiny so you will want to dps. Frost is a very solid dps spec for a death knight and easy to pick up.
But first you will need to get an offspec as I see you haven't done that yet. You will need to use your death gate to go back to Archeus and buy dual talent specialization. Select frost as your second spec. Then go read this guide and learn tips for how to play the spec effectively.
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2353275843 (Frost dk guide)
If you have specific questions about the Death Knight class you can create a thread and ask in this section of the forums. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/1012662/
If you whisper Taineeh in game I'm sure he will be able to answer any specific questions you have about Frost/Blood as well.
When you first hit level 90 you will want to start running Heroic dungeons. You will also want to do these as Frost (dps) until you better understand the fights. After you achieve a 460 item level you will be able to enter Raid Finder. This is an easier version of Normal mode and a great place for you to see basic mechanics along with getting epic gear. After you are comfortable with the fights in raid finder you will want to create a new topic on the Darrowmere forums that you are looking for a raid team. If a team is willing to take you, you can begin normal modes.
Also I have no Idea what Transmogrifying is because whenever I Look at someones armor it says Transmogrified to something else. How do you even do that?
Transmorgrifying also known as transmog for short is the process of changing the appearance of your gear. A lot of people run older raids such as Ulduar for gear that isn't of any use stat wise, but is cooler looking in their minds. The vendors who do this are located in the alliance Shrine.
Lots of stuff here but hope it helps!
If you have only ever tanked than I would suggest you try DPS but only to see which you prefer, not so that you avoid scrutiny as Pasha suggested. When you hit 90 and start the gear grind pick up a set for both dps and tank. Try both roles to see which you prefer.
Regardless of scrutiny you should tank if that's what you decide you enjoy. Just read up well on the fights and be prepared. Know the fight mechanics so you have a good understanding of when to use what personal and how to move/position boss, what enemy spells should be interrupted etc. This is assuming that you do understand what it is that a tank does.
If after a few weeks of tanking LFR you find yourself getting yelled at or worse, getting vote kicked, then maybe at that time you can rethink your desired role in raids.
I would go with a mix of what they all said. No matter what you do, you should definitely read up on the boss fights or watch YouTube video guides. Going into LFR as a tank without knowing the fights is a raid-killer and just rude, imo, and if you are given a chance to tank a normal mode raid with a pug group but don't know the fights, it's very likely to get you turned down.
Since you have never raided before, you're unfamiliar with the general mechanics of having 2 tanks, like taunting the boss or adds off the other tank when a debuff stacks up on him/her, and letting that person take threat from you when it's their turn.
I would recommend getting a dps spec and trying the boss fights in LFR first as dps to see the fight firsthand and watch what the tanks do. You might even try wsp'ing them to ask what they did during the fight. There's an add-on named CLC-DK or another named Spellflash (get the main add on and the supplemental DK one) that will help you to know which spell to use next. Less research on how to play that dps spec is needed that way.
Keep in mind, you have a couple weeks after you turn 90 before you'll even be able to get into LFR due to the item level requirements. During that time you'll have to spam heroic dungeons to gear up a lot. There are some cheap Epic gear items available from one of the Valor Point vendors at the temple near Shado Pan Garrison that will help too.
Make sure you gem, enchant, and reforge your gear once you have some good stuff worth investing gold in. It really does make a difference. You can pull up your toon on AskMrRobot.com and click Optimize and it will show you exactly what needs to be done to all of your gear. Just make sure you logged off in the spec you want to optimize; the website references what spec and gear you were in the last time you logged off. Hit the Refresh button too since the website doesn't always automatically grab the most recent info.
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