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Tanking new Flash Points


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Vinjar
12.07.2012 , 08:16 AM | #1
So I've more or less been playing since day one. I have tons of alts, several of which are tanks. I stopped doing Flash Points after Mandalorian Raiders because I have haven't been to anything after.

Here is my question: How much grief will I get by just saying I don't know the instance and asking the group to bear with me? I kind figure people are just happy to have a group.

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BlueArab
12.07.2012 , 08:20 AM | #2
Quote: Originally Posted by Vinjar View Post
So I've more or less been playing since day one. I have tons of alts, several of which are tanks. I stopped doing Flash Points after Mandalorian Raiders because I have haven't been to anything after.

Here is my question: How much grief will I get by just saying I don't know the instance and asking the group to bear with me? I kind figure people are just happy to have a group.
Honestly, it will just depend on the people. I was learning most flashpoints recently, and I had some people help me, and some leave the group. At the end of the day, all you need to have explained is how the three boss's work, and usually only the third will actually present a challenge.

Now that I've learned, I am more than happy to help, and will usually ask if anyone needs help at the start of a FP.

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itsmymillertime
12.07.2012 , 08:21 AM | #3
Alot as people have fp on farm and just want the bh comms. Learn the fights from watching youtube videos and then go into the fights.

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SaintForHire
12.07.2012 , 08:24 AM | #4
I've never had an issue in PUGS yet with that specific thing. Most people tell you the fight so that they can get through it in one try and fast. Besides that, tanks are hardest to come by so if you're a tank, they'll pretty much bend to your will to get through it.
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Pirana
12.07.2012 , 08:29 AM | #5
Once entering the Flash Point, let the group know that you are still learning and to bear with you. If certain individuals have issues with this, they're more than welcome to exit and wait for a new group, which of course, they'll be waiting even longer now. As mentioned, most have these on farm and expect a quick run, just let them know ahead of time, most will help where needed.

Tanks and Healers have little down time in the queue.
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Heezdedjim
12.07.2012 , 08:33 AM | #6
Hardmodes are not that hard, and if you're paying attention, you and your group should be fine. If you have concerns, just run the FP on story mode a few times until you feel like you know your way through it.

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lpope
12.07.2012 , 08:51 AM | #7
I've run into a few FPs where the fresh tank opening admits he's fresh and asks for pointers and advice. All of those FPs went fine because we all knew to expect him not to hold aggro like an experienced tank and what not. I'm an experienced tank so I could walk him through how to approach the fights. Others in the group gave pointers too, even those I forgot to mention.

You may have a few dps or healers who drop group when you say that, but that is not your fault and is their short-sightedness. What you don't want to do is go in and not say you are still learning - that is just a recipe for disaster.

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Blackardin
12.07.2012 , 09:59 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Vinjar View Post
So I've more or less been playing since day one. I have tons of alts, several of which are tanks. I stopped doing Flash Points after Mandalorian Raiders because I have haven't been to anything after.

Here is my question: How much grief will I get by just saying I don't know the instance and asking the group to bear with me? I kind figure people are just happy to have a group.
People shoot themselves in the foot with this, then complain that there are no tanks.

Been tanking for years, through many games. Lead raids, tanked everything in wow and this game. Took a break. If I come back I'm sure there will be some knucklehead giving me grief because I don't know the new heroic or maybe a few older ones. Attitude more then anything else tends to contribute to the "tank shortage". No one wants to have to deal with peoples attitudes.
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Stenrik
12.07.2012 , 10:13 AM | #9
This is the first game I ever tanked in.

I did a lot of flashpoint leveling on my first tank character. Never had a single problem with any group. (If I didn't know a fight, I let 'em know.) I think what made me better out of the gate is that I had some healing experience on the other faction, so I was comfortable with watching the overall group situation and used to keeping my eye on people's HP.

People in pre-50 were pretty laid back, to be honest. Think about it: flashpoints aren't the fastest way to level, so the hardcore "plough-through content" types probably probably aren't there, anyway.

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Druzod
12.07.2012 , 10:32 AM | #10
Been wondering about this myself. Been playing the game since launch but I had a kiddo a few months ago and I"m just now getting back to the point where I think I could do some FPs again. I'm a Guardian tank and don't have a lot of experience with the endgame FPs, though. Before the kiddo I ran the dailies to get purple mods for my orange gear and I think all my stuff is at least 126 rated (I'm at work so I can't check). Just nervous about trying to group finder some FPs (even on easy mode) since the tank is usually the leader.
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