Here’s a guest post from a reader, who became a regular commenter, then blogger! – G
I AM DPS, HEAR ME ROAR!!!!!
I started my wow life as a rogue and loved putting up the huge dps numbers throughout the Burning Crusade. I found that as I progressed through BC raids and the expansion cycle, I enjoyed doing max dps with every class I tried and was really very good at it, whether I dps’d as rogue, lock, or enh shammy.
Along came LK and Death Knights. As I discuss in my blog, I wanted to have a class capable of tanking, but really, I just loved the mechanics and playstyle of DKs, so I became a DK convert. The guild I was in when LK dropped had a good number of tanks and I did top dps, so I was never asked to tank, and frankly, tanking made me very very nervous. I knew I was good at dps, but I also knew that at least initially I wouldn’t be stellar at tanking, so I never really ended up doing it. I still amassed some tanking gear when it would have been de’d otherwise though.
Lo and behold, when I returned to the game and found a new guild, they needed me to tank!
Oh, shit…… they need me to tank.
Well, this isn’t a primer on ‘how to tank for noobs’.
You can find good basic primers here and here, at the tankspot and elitist jerks sites, or even lots of info here at Pwnwear. Go there. Research. Learn.
No, this article is more about the attitude and approach to tanking for dps DKs.
What follows are some thoughts and suggestions at making the successful transition to the tanking role from dps.
1. There is no “I” in epeen. Your dps numbers do not matter. DPS is only good in that it translates to threat which translates to baddies hitting you instead of anyone else (normally something that makes me /jump/IBF/AMS/run).
2. Keep your eyes front. And Back. AND BOTH SIDES. Now you’re paying attention not only to the mob in front of you, your rotation, and any potentially killer aoe/boss specials, but you also have to watch what’s happening to every raid member, position the boss to allow melee to keep dps, stay in range of healers, etc. If you tunnel vision as a dps, you’re probably succeeding, as long as you don’t die in a fire. If you tunnel vision as a tank, umm, yeah, that’s a wipe.
3. Use your cds. Inexperienced tanks tend to save their defensive cooldowns for if they’re about to die. It’s okay to have one cooldown in reserve, but generally you should be smoothing damage out by using your cds in an even fashion as they come off cooldown. Exception: known ‘big’ attacks by the boss – just make sure you have something ready to keep yourself up for the impale or w/e.
4. It’s all about the raid. Your repair bills will be higher, no one will stroke your ego after the fight and say, wow, great dps!!! You can expect the next tanking legendary to drop… never. If some healer or dps gets ganked by a free mob, you can expect to be yelled at, whether or not it was your fault. And when the mobs are finally all dead, you just shrug, slip your weapon back into your harness, and get your aching (much abused) bones ready for the next beating.
5. But know that if you weren’t there, taking the beating, the raid would simply not happen. DPS – sure, they’ll find more, but a good dps who learns what they’re doing as a tank, is willing to step in and take on the role, and make sure the raid succeeds, is an extraordinary raider indeed.
thanks to Gravity for giving me this opportunity to post.
- Hinenuitepo, DK Death Goddess