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Sooo why be a tank again?

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Sooo why be a tank again?

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Tetrablade
03.31.2012 , 05:35 PM | #1
I just hit 39 as a vanguard when I realized something. On my server either people are standing around to do warzones or leveling alts. However you don't need to do flashpoints to level because it really won't effect your leveling at all. So that means most people are doing hard modes at 50 right? Nope. Cause you can get the equivalent to about columi gear doing warzones. So right now if you are a tank, or an upcoming tank you are pretty much useless outside of pvp. Since you only need one tank for a raid, and that means at least 8 people getting locked out of doing that raid on your server, the chances of you becoming a tank for any guild is pretty slim. That means that three ac choices become melee dps despite being handicapped compared to other dps counterparts.

I have to give it to bioware, first mmo ever where tanks were in to much abundance.

Edit: For clarification, I have a 50 scoundrel healer in some rakata. This is not posted without some idea of the needs of raids.
There's one thing you never put in a trap if you're smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow there's one thing you never, ever, put in a trap.....Me. -The Doctor

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Asavar
03.31.2012 , 05:38 PM | #2
Wrong.

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Antipathize
03.31.2012 , 05:38 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by Tetrablade View Post
I just hit 39 as a vanguard
Stopped there.

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Felioats
03.31.2012 , 05:41 PM | #4
They're designing operations encounters to require two tanks.

Every flashpoint group will need one once the LFG system comes around. The cross-server one they aren't planning on making, I mean. This single-server one can't fix empty servers.

Tanking in PvP also actually matters. It's not all about damage.

But if you feel that way, respec your skill points.
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Raiffiel
03.31.2012 , 05:49 PM | #5
Everything I have heard suggests FPs can be done with any type of group make up. UNTILL you hit 50. Then it is the standard Tank+Healer+DPS run. So I wouldn't get down at 39 about it. Keep running bub, you'll be loved later.

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kidatwood
03.31.2012 , 05:52 PM | #6
I pvp with my tank and with a healer unstoppable! Well practically.

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Snoodmaster
03.31.2012 , 05:52 PM | #7
Just wait, it'll smooth itself out once you hit 50 and start doing HMs.

See, the thing about tanking is this, it sucks for soloing, so nobody wants to spec tank. Therefore if you can hang in there long enough, at endgame everyone is all dps spec and starts needing you.

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Shadyne
03.31.2012 , 05:54 PM | #8
For the same reason you do anything in a video game. Because it is fun.

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FalcoLombardi
03.31.2012 , 05:55 PM | #9
When I pvp on my Juggernaut tank, I never get MvP requests or anything like that. I only do about 100K damage and protect 25-40K..but I do more than what meets the eye, along with being a great defender of the huttball carrier, being a great carrier, and occassionaly capturing stuff by myself since no one seems to pay attention to me . And gotta have a tank for HMs and operations.
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Tetrablade
03.31.2012 , 05:56 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Felioats View Post
They're designing operations encounters to require two tanks.

Every flashpoint group will need one once the LFG system comes around. The cross-server one they aren't planning on making, I mean. This single-server one can't fix empty servers.

Tanking in PvP also actually matters. It's not all about damage.

But if you feel that way, respec your skill points.
I actually like tanking on pvp warzones a lot and feel a lot more effective then as a full dps spec. I know it matters there since in the voidstar map alone I have snared 5 imps giving my team enough time to cross the bridge or room to plant a bomb many times. That and had the pleasure of taking a very annoying healer and roasting him in huttball.

However on the pve side I almost never see anyone looking for tanks. Ever. Maybe the occsional pre 50 flashpoint but after 50 the hardmodes are kinda a joke. For a 1-3 hour investment only one person might get a gear token, 3 for Kaon. The rest of the time you get maybe 1 crystal for each sub-boss and one token for killing the end boss. it is much more efficient, and easier to find groups, if you stick to raids.

Maybe a cross server lfg system would fix that, but then you would get people fighting over "omg spacebar already!" But at this point i'd take it.

Quote: Originally Posted by Antipathize View Post
Quote: Originally Posted by Tetrablade View Post
I just hit 39 as a vanguard
Stopped there.
Why? Cause I am not 50? Have a 50 scoundrel with some rakata gear as a healer. If anything there is still a huge demand for healers, but not so much with tanks. Or it could just be on my server.
There's one thing you never put in a trap if you're smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow there's one thing you never, ever, put in a trap.....Me. -The Doctor