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Monday, 7 February, 2011

I have a slight flaw in my character, and palatanking

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:04 pm

Like Li Kao in the Barry Hughart books (an excellent read by the way) I have a small flaw in my character. A light was shone upon it this weekend when I tanked a dungeon or three with my Paladin Tank.

It was the first dungeon I’ve tanked in cataclysm, healthful in fact the first in a few months. Anyway I rage quit in the middle of the first encounter when someone had time to type “tank u r shit“. To be fair there was a fairly good reason for the comment as I had just completely failed to master the only mechanic in that fight.

So, glands I was reflecting later on my chosen “roles” in warcraft groups. I play healer as my main and tank as my alt, what I don’t do is play DPS at all. I have a sneaky suspicion that I want to be “special”, thing is, I don’t like being singled out! And that, my friends, is the core part of my flaw, and it leads to rage quitting.

I normally read a lot of healing blogs, and a common theme is that the healer is often blamed for wipes. Now I’ve played tank I can say, the healer only gets blamed if the Tank is doing their job correctly. And, what’s more, the healer gets the cop-out excuse that the DPS are actually probably a significant part of the problem. If the DSP are doing their job and the tank is doing thier job and the group wipes then, yes, it is the healers fault, but there’s also a fair chance that they can claim their gear is simply not good enough.

Anyway, enough about my personality problems.

After the rage quit, I rejoined and got a Black Rock Caverns run. Did the usual, “I’m a noob” speech and the mage volunteered to help me out. We cleared the place without any problems. I really enjoyed the run, there was chat, and not just of the “gogogo” kind, there was Crowd Control too, it was great. I was very surprised at the end when I discovered that I wasn’t just filling in a partial guild run, the atmosphere was that good. We did so well that three of us stayed on and did the run again, with a new healer and a friends DPS. Again it was pleasant with the players poking fun at each other.

So strange. Such a difference in attitude between two groups of randomly picked people. I’m glad I “got right back on the horse”.

Lessons learnt…

I wish I could say that I learnt not to rage-quit, but actually I think I may have learnt the opposite!

I have learnt that my tanking UI is completely useless and messed up.. I’m going to have to spend a couple of hours tidying up and trying out one of those UI’s where the information is just where it’s needed.

I will be tanking again! When it works it’s fun.

I wonder if I should try initiating a “vote-kick” with a reason of  “too impatient”.

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