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Tank's responsibilities

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Tank's responsibilities

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Gilthanel
05.17.2013 , 05:07 AM | #11
First off, don't be intimidated about tanking. There's this weird thing, I've noticed, where people who aren't tanks make it out to be a lot harder than it is and are too scared to try it out because of the perceived pressure. It's not that bad. If I can do it, clumsy as I am, almost anybody can. Just read forums, watch videos...which it sounds like you are doing already...and you'll pick it up in no time.

About flashpoints - they aren't too bad, but in my experience at least I actually find the trash is a little bit trickier than the boss fights because a lot of DPS won't follow a consistent kill order. You can't expect to pick up EVERYTHING. I'm a PT, so I've got my Death From Above, Explosive Darts, Flame Sweep, a grapple, and a good Carbonize/Flamethrower combo going, and I STILL can't always get them all rounded up and staying on me. There are a lot of pulls with random weak and standard level enemies hanging off on the fringes. In a good group, the DPS will pick those off almost instantly at the beginning of the pull while you focus on keeping aggro on the strongs, elites, and champions. Sometimes the DPS by instinct will attack what you are attacking right off the bat, so you may want to gently remind them to go after the little guys first.

About operations - the biggest thing I have faced here is psychological. I tank for a small guild that has cleared most of the 55 HM content, and the one major responsibility that has hit me so far is my need to be available. In my experience when I cannot make a scheduled hard mode operation, the raid is off...but when a DPSer or healer cannot make it, the group will often find a replacement. I tend to be of the mindset that I am fully replaceable even by an alt of someone who knows the fights, but for better or for worse a strong reliance and dependency on a particular "main tank" seems to be ingrained in the minds of many MMO players. Regardless of whether you consider yourself a leader or not, you will most likely be looked to for leadership. That's another ingrained instinct I have run across.
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Wielkikac
05.17.2013 , 05:21 AM | #12
Thank you for your replies guys! I've decided to give tanking a try.

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Joshthecook
05.17.2013 , 11:53 PM | #13
That is great to hear! Happy hunting and I for one would love to hear how it is going for you.

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05.18.2013 , 11:00 AM | #14
Quote: Originally Posted by Wielkikac View Post
Thank you for your replies guys! I've decided to give tanking a try.
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05.22.2013 , 08:18 AM | #15
Quote: Originally Posted by Wielkikac View Post
Thank you for your replies guys! I've decided to give tanking a try.
Awesome I've been a long time tank in various MMOs, and the tanking community (especially here) is a very helpful group indeed because we know how tough it can be at times, especially when you are essentially deemed the "leader of the pack". But, as another tank pointed out, it's not as difficult as many ppl make it out to be. The first thing to note, as with any class, is to learn to play your class to the point where you are comfortable with rotations for various situations. Honestly, the rotations don't change much for tanks so once you have those down then you are gold

Next, is learn the FPs/Ops basic boss fights, because this is probably the most difficult (IMO) when tanking, but there are a ton of resources for boss mechanics/strats. You may even come up with your own tried & true strategies! Otherwise, the rest is simply overall field experience. You read up on all the guides you want, but nothing beats being dropped in the fray and learning through blood, sweat & tears

Overall, have fun as a tank because it really is a great role!
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AlixMV
05.24.2013 , 05:19 PM | #16
Quote: Originally Posted by Wielkikac View Post
Hi, I'm soon to be lvl 55 Assassin and I can't decide whether to tank or dps. I haven't done much flashpoints during lvling and I'm not sure what are the tank 's resposibilities in this game apart from holding aggro so I've got some questions for you. Do you set kill orders for the dps or are they supposed to simply attack your target? Are you supposed to instruct them to use crowd control or cc isn't necessary? I'm talking about long cc like 1 min or so to exclude some mobs in the pack from fight. To former wow players: is tanking here more similiar to tanking in wotlk or in cata?
Man, your post looks familiar--a few months ago, this was me.

In my experience having to learn how to tank FPs after I was already level 50 and then moving on to Operations--it really depends. Don't get fixated on 'The tank runs things'. All things being equal, if everyone's inexperienced, the tank will likely be the one 'leading', but because some of this content is so familiar to the DPS and Healers that they'll frequently take point if they don't feel you're doing a good job. This is something I had to adjust to and not take it personally.

With decent gear, things are going to be very fluid in the level 50 and 55 HM FPs. DPS shouldn't be running up facepulling everything, but most groups can recover from it if they do.

Where that changes is in Operations. I'm still in the baby levels of HM Operations, but the tanks have more responsibility in them and that's when they do have to set the pace and the tone. But even then, I've been in a few Operations with PUGs where I was new and they were not and I've had both Healers and DPS 'leading' the raid while I learned from them.

Rule of thumb: if no one's dying, it's okay.

And yeah, like other people said: if you find DPS who don't facepull, CC intelligently, know their kill order without being told, grab on to them and never let go.
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