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To Tank or Not to Tank...that is the question

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To Tank or Not to Tank...that is the question

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AshlaBoga
11.07.2012 , 02:26 AM | #11
Quote: Originally Posted by mikebevo View Post
If you are the selfish need everything, then this is not the thread for you.

The question here is for those that are generally trying to make their guild better and the community better as a whole, not the self-centered me at all cost. I have been feeling guilty lately because, you guessed it, I do not have a tank on the republic or the imperial side. I have 3 healers and 3 dps at the moment. So am I being selfish and self-centered by not at least rolling one tank? Or does the healer role absolve me from need to roll a tank?

The tank role just holds no interest to me. Of course the healer role held no interest either, but that was what the guild needed at the time and I have fallen in love with the role. I also know many people only run dps, but this isnít about that, is it alright not to roll a tank if you at least fill the healer role. I could easily covert my dps shadow over to tank, but I like the support role of a healer way more than I ever could enjoy leading a group.
It depends, a lot of people aren't able to tank HM EC and HM TFB, if you can (and your guild needs a tank for it) then I'd say you should at least offer. If you're not able to tank HM TFB and Nightmare EC when it's out then don't feel guilty about not offering.
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mikebevo
11.07.2012 , 10:53 AM | #12
First I want to make this clear; no one in my guild is telling me that I need to roll a tank. I just feel guilty that some of them have to run ops on their tank alt instead of their dps. My main is a healer, so while I am not running them that often on my dps, I am running them on my main.
Quote: Originally Posted by Chaqen View Post
Playing a tank will help you experience the third side of the trinity, and will make you a better healer and dpser. Also if you understand the role of a tank well, and get a fair amount of experience you should be able to contribute more to the development of strategies for new fight (that is if you do progression raiding).
I know this is true, it didnít really seem to matter in everything up to NIM KP and EV, but doing EC and TfB on my DPS, really helped me heal them on my sawbones. The next time I healed either of them I knew when and where the damage was coming from which made be better prepared with big heals and HoTs on those that I knew would need them. I was also better able to pay attention to DoT and know what could be cleansed and what couldnít. Even when I could not do anything, I had the knowledge of how to tell dps to mitigate damage when I had to concentrate on the tanks.
Quote: Originally Posted by AshlaBoga View Post
It depends, a lot of people aren't able to tank HM EC and HM TFB, if you can (and your guild needs a tank for it) then I'd say you should at least offer. If you're not able to tank HM TFB and Nightmare EC when it's out then don't feel guilty about not offering.
Have no clue since this is my first MMO, but believe I could figure it out, after all I figured out healing. No doubt I was the worse healer ever when I first hit 50, but now while I still donít consider myself great, I am fairly competent and have been told that I am really good by even pugs. I know my abilities on every toon. Learned in my first HM FP that it was key to a successful run especially for a healer, sure it is the same for a Tank. Only tanked twice so far in the game and one of those was on my sawbones. Tank died on SOA, I got aggro and somehow kitted him under a pillar. Pillar got him, but me too, but dps finished him off. My guild still jokes about my smuggler being a backup tank. The only other time was on my dps shadow on the turrets at the start of HM EV. I guess I did alright, no one got hit by the turret, but meÖOf course I died right as dps finished off the turret. Beyond that I have just used the taunts on my shadow to divert NPC to me instead of the fresh 50ís I help with dailies. I am really good both on my healers and my dps and using what abilities they have to mitigate damage.

Thanks everyone...think I will roll a tank or change my shadow to a tank, but only after I get my Knight to 50. If nothing else I can use it to get guild mates though hm fp faster.

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Kurugi
11.10.2012 , 06:17 PM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by mikebevo View Post
First I want to make this clear; no one in my guild is telling me that I need to roll a tank. I just feel guilty that some of them have to run ops on their tank alt instead of their dps. My main is a healer, so while I am not running them that often on my dps, I am running them on my main.
Why? If nobody is pressuring you to do something you aren't really interested in doing, why feel guilty about it? If your guild consistently has to have people switch to playing their alts to get the right composition for a group the solution isn't to have yet another person have a tank alt available. The solution is to get your guild to recruit people who's mains are actually tanks.

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DarthObelisk
11.10.2012 , 06:29 PM | #14
I wouldn't feel bad about not wanting to tank. Sure if you ran a tank up to 50 if might be easier for you to get into ops or faster ques using the group finder sometimes but it seems like your guild has a pretty strong raiding group from what you have said.
Everyone clings to that one professions that they like more then other professions. My first character is a jedi sentinel but after trying the jedi shadow and running him as a tank i find that im on my shadow tank 95% of the time now then my main character that is the sentinel dps. So dont worry about it.
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Anysao
11.10.2012 , 06:37 PM | #15
I would suggest trying a tank role, because when I first started the game I had no interest in it, and just thought I'd go easy DPS. I played some of the beta as an inquisitor, and I knew the light armor is annoying. So I decided when the game went to live to make my assassin defense-specced , just for survivability. Then when the team was desperate in my first boarding party, I decided to tank. I love it.

Then I eventually started a guardian (who is now my main) and guess what role he is? A tank. Eventually I made a DPS operative, and I always seemed to do enough damage to pull Agro. And now I have a vanguard I plan to respec to tank at level 30.

There's just something fun about looking the boss in the eye, while your DPS chips away it's health.
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RendValor
11.10.2012 , 06:38 PM | #16
Play what you like to play, period.

That being said, you may want to try out a tank just for the sake of trying something new. Who knows, maybe you'll actually enjoy the role like you enjoy healing.

Vanguards and Shadows are recomended tank classes, I'd stay away from Guardians since they have a difficult time holding aggro and don't have as much utility as their blaster-toting colleagues
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Zodiacrat
11.14.2012 , 05:43 PM | #17
You already have lots of good advice up there, but I'll make this short and straight to the point...

Unless your guild is actively paying your subscription fees and has direct access to log in your account, you play what YOU want to play... period.

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Xargyn
11.14.2012 , 09:40 PM | #18
There's a difference between being selfish and self interest. You need to play what you enjoy playing the most. If you decide on a role based more on what the guild needs over what you enjoy playing, you will get burned out on the game and quit. Then the guild is down a member.

Only tank if you're interested in tanking. I just happen to be the type that likes to get in the middle of a bunch of NPCs, shrug off their blows and scream "NOT IN THE FACE!!! NOT IN THE FACE!!" at the top of my lungs. That's just what I find to be the most entertaining. I don't need to be the top of the charts, I just want to be the center of attention.

If that's not for you, then by all means don't worry about it. There's plenty of tanks out there, your guild can recruit one if they need one.
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Chromedbustop
11.19.2012 , 08:16 AM | #19
If you don't want to tank, then don't tank. If for no other reason than you'll be less likely to want to play, or be good, if you're doing something you don't enjoy doing. And the game doesn't need anymore bad tanks.

Do I personally feel that everyone should have an idea of how it is to tank? Yes, if only so the complain less. But too many people roll tanks for the wrong reasons. They end up being timid and clueless.

If you're not willing to actually learn how to play the role, and not the class [Dirty little secret: learning to tank, in any game, is not half as hard as people make it out to be] then don't roll a tank .

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SumZed
11.22.2012 , 11:37 AM | #20
I prefer someone who knows what they are doing over being a spec we need...

if you're a bad tank, and don't know how to tank, or tanking just isn't your thing, then don't bother... because we'll hate you more for it for doing it badly...
rather you be an extra DPS and wait for a tank than to bug you to do a tank...

I have made a tank assassin, and a tank vanguard (also tank shadow, which is basically mimicking my assassin) but not very high in lvls yet...

I don't think I'll make a medic, would probably try, but may not like it... I've never been the healing type... and I know no one will bug me for it and rather they know I suck at it than to try and fail and disappoint