Thanks for the horse.
This post was inspired by Demeternoth. Check out the original here (it’s fantastic and worth the read) and follow Deme on Twitter. Yes, I’m fully aware that Deme’s post is like two weeks old, but I’m recently back in the blogosphere and I’m catching up. Don’t judge me.
Over at my old blog, I wrote about chemistry in a raid setting. I’ve talked about tanks and healers as well as the MT/OT relationship. After reading Deme’s post, though, I felt like I wanted to touch on the latter again.
In TBC, our raid team was fairly consistent. Granted, we weren’t farming Black Temple or anything, but every week we’d have the same group hitting Kara and, later, ZA.
My OT at the time was Nitedragon. We tanked together so much people started calling him my pet bear. I don’t think he minded.
A little aside about Nite: Cheesi, Willy and I met him while in our 60’s working through Outland instances. He was dps at first, but when we had trouble finding healers he respecced. Please note that when he respecced for us Nite wasn’t even in our guild.
As we started doing heroics and Kara, we were short on full-time tanks. Nite had joined the guild by then and was more than willing to meet that need…just the kind of guy he is. He respecced again and did a ton of homework to learn how to be an effective bear tank. In no time at all, he became an incredible bear tank.
Tanking with Nite was easy. It got to the point where we didn’t have to verbally communicate with one another. If a mob peeled off, he had it. If I went down, he immediately picked up the boss. I can’t even tell you how many bosses we killed with me lying flat on my back because Nite knew what he had to do in an emergency and did it without any kind of hesitation.
I’ve worked with many other tanks since then. Sometimes it goes really well…sometimes it doesn’t. In Wrath, I’ve tanked alongside guildies and developed some pretty decent chemistry. I’ve also worked with pugged tanks with varying results.
There are a lot of variables in most boss fights: tank-swapping, movement, adds, proper placement, kids screaming in the background, whether or not you’re saving money on car insurance, West Nile Virus, etc. There’s a lot that can go wrong.
Obviously you should do your homework and learn the fight, but having an understanding of how your other tank works can help eliminate some of the variables you’ve got floating around in your head and allow you to focus on the basics of tanking: staying alive and generating threat. You’ve got enough to worry about on your end, but if you’re not totally confident the other tank is going to do their job chances are you’ll end up making a mistake. Tank mistakes can and usually will wipe a raid.
Having another tank in the raid with whom you’re familiar increases your chances of succeeding in any given boss fight. Understanding one another and anticipating what your fellow tank is going to do let’s you get “in the pocket” and focus on the fight and the basics of tanking.
Thanks for the inspiration, Deme.
I took some screenshots to illustrate this post, but I didn’t get them from the computer on which I took them to the computer on which I’m currently writing. So, please use your imaginations and picture a Draenei with an odd haircut and some PvP heirloom shoulders (Because Uncle Mis didn’t have quite enough badges to make the PvE shoulders happen for him. Better than nothing, right?).
Tintreach (“CHIN-trhukh” – Irish-Gaelic for “lightning”) is my Shaman. As of right now, he’s a level 17 Miner and Jewelcrafter.
Tint is my first Shaman, and it took me a very, very long time to even roll one. Something about the class was very intimidating to me. When I created Misneach, part of the reason I did it was because the Warrior class seemed pretty simple…run at stuff, hit stuff with sword/axe/mace/stick/whatever. The Shaman class, on the other hand, seemed significantly more complicated. But, earlier this year, curiosity got the better of me and Tintreach was born.
While Mis and Big Mac have been working the auction house, I’ve been toying around with Tint and leveling him and his Jewelcrafting.
A few observations:
In other news, I’m still missing some of my former Faters. It’s not that much fun to log in to an empty guild. I’ve heard rumblings that I may be getting some people who haven’t played in ages back in the near future. Hope that happens.
My brother-in-law, Willy, started playing WoW before I did. I knew he was into MMOs (Asheron’s Call was his vice for ages), so I mentioned I was considering playing Warcraft. He told me that he was already playing and that I should start up a character on Bloodhoof so we could play together.
Willy was the GM of Call of Fate, the guild out of which Echo of Fate was born. CoF was originally a guild he and our family friend Tassh created in Asheron’s call, so they brought it over to WoW. The birth of Echo of Fate is another story for another day, but Willy’s main characters came over to my new guild along with Tassh, Willy and Cheesi’s dad, and a number of other very good friends we had met along the way.
That’s all just back story, though.
I started playing in the TBC days. I made my way to 70, Call of Fate started raiding (which I don’t think any of us expected would have ever happened), and we put a ton of effort into it during the last year of TBC.
A couple of months before Wrath dropped, we slowed down and decided take a break from our fairly intense (for a casual guild) raiding schedule to get our ducks in a row for Wrath. One day, during that lull, I was talking to Willy on the phone and he asked me if I had any goals that I wanted to accomplish before the expansion. I forgot what I told him, honestly, but that memory popped into my head a couple of days ago because I’m in a similar spot now.
I probably won’t be doing any raiding between now and Cataclysm if I’m completely honest with myself, so that really frees me up to focus on getting some things done before I dive back into leveling, working on professions, etc.
So, with that in mind, I think I can identify at least a couple of goals that I want to accomplish before the expansion:
So there’s my list of pre-Cataclysm goals…at least the ones I can think of this early on a Friday. If progress happens, I’ll be posting about it.
I’m the same guy who used to live over here. If you’re new to the party and have absolutely no idea who I am or why I’m invading your internet, let me get you up to speed.
I’m Misneach, a Human Protection Warrior on the Bloodhoof (US) server. I’m the GM of Echo of Fate, a guild that, due to some issues during my hiatus, is currently on life support, but we haven’t pulled the plug yet.
I’ve been playing WoW since 2007. Back in TBC, I tanked Kara roughly 1.8 million times. In Wrath, I managed to tank all the way to ICC and part of the way through it. Real life called, I had to take a break, and the guild kind of dissolved. Can’t say I blame anybody who left. No hard feelings here…I would’ve done the same thing.
My wife, Cheesi, is a Gnome Rogue who pretty much single-handedly inspired me to take up Engineering. She’s currently easing her way back into the game as well.
So why am I back? Well, one of our guildies got hacked. The d-bag who hacked him decided to almost completely empty our guild bank. All was recovered, and Blizz sent me the bank items via in-game mail. When I logged in to put the stuff back a couple of Saturdays ago, I ended up sitting at the computer for about five hours doing dailies and putting up auctions.
I decided that day that I really did miss WoW, and even though I will likely never be able to play as much as I have in the past (which is not exactly a bad thing), there’s no problem with getting in touch with the things that I’ve loved about the game from the very beginning.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy my new place here. Make yourself at home and please pardon the dust…there will be a ton of remodeling.
It’s good to be back.