That’s right, I tanked. And a raid at that, VoA 10. It was hectic, I could hear my heart pounding but in the end we got the kill. Oh, not on my shaman, on my Death Knight. I sucked.
Well, if you consider that we killed Toravon and that it was my first time tanking anything for more than other 4 people (and I’m jittery about that too) I did great. Just that I didn’t, I plain out sucked. The only thing worse than how the fight happened was if I had wiped the group and I really wasn’t far from it.
When I’m on my shaman in VoA all I care about are the adds, when up, dodging while pew-pewing them and afterwards I just watch my cast bar intensively so I queue the next spell just at the right time. I had no idea about how the debuff looks like, the one you have to taunt off the other tank, I just knew that it had to go to 3 and then I step in.
Let’s move 4 minutes back, for some background information. The group is imba, and I mean that wholeheartedly. It’s almost a class run, we just have two pallies, tank and dps, we lack a druid. Healing team is holy priest + resto shaman, both healers whom I trust after grouping with them before and seeing them pull of some impressive stunts. It was 30 minutes before WG started and we’d been waiting for about 20 minutes to find a warrior/druid tank. Not prime game time, it was early in the afternoon when you only see a handful of people in Dalaran. Knowing that I would have to leave in about 20 minutes, I suggest that I might be able to give tanking a go, I’m defcapped but I’m a bit low on health, with only 32 k HP unbuffed. The RL meets the idea with enthusiasm, he grabs the first warr dps he sees and a-buffing we will go. I am clearly the OT here, the MT is sitting on some 40 k HP self buffed so he proceeds to pull the first Stonewarder or whachamacallit. I give him a good two seconds to establish aggro before I step in and thought that I’d just do my blood dps rotation , replacing HS with something else that is off CD at the time.
The moment I throw in IT I grab aggro and I clearly wasn’t ready for this. I’m a dedicated panicker so when I see AGGRO in red and I hear that annoying booming sound I tend to stop what I’m doing and crawl in a sort of upright fetal position and hope for the best. Ok, i don’t, but I did stop and wonder what had just happened there. The pally taunts off of me and then i just auto-attack with the odd PS refresh (because I’m not a completely incompetent tank I know that there’s a talent there somewhere that makes my frost attacks cause 80% more threat. Or something along these lines).
Before the target is dead I see the second whatchamacallit approach so I valiantly tackle it and get to run my tanking rotation => target dead. We, and by we I mean the other tank and I decide that we can pull as soon as we reach Toravon so as the two adds up to him are killed we get the all so common ‘gogogogogogogogo’ line that everybody loves to hate. He taunts, I auto-attack and when I see 3 stacks of something white I brace myself for the hit(s) and taunt. Yay, I did it, I iz big shot tank nao! The pally taunts when I have 3 stacks and then all hell breaks loose in my mind.
He has two something white stacks up on him! One is at two and the other is at three. What do I do, do I taunt or not? ‘To taunt, or not to taunt, that is the question’ ran through my panicky mind. Better to do than not to I decide in a heartbeat and I hit the button. Crap, it was the wrong thingamajig at 3, he had only two stacks and before I know it I have 5. He taunts back and he’s on 5 in what seems to be a heartbeat. Mine drop off and I taunt, ready to pop my CDs (because holly crap, I might need them if I want his buffs to wear off). He taunts back and when my turn comes round I have a very strong deja-vu feeling: he has two white thingies, one is at 2 and one is at 3. Like a hamster, trying to eat over and over again from the electrified corncob, I bite and taunt. Too early again. And so on and so forth until the bugger is dead, in what seemed to be an eon or two. Skada said it was almost 2 minutes.
Tanking seems to be a lot more difficult than what I’ve seen in 5 mans. It’s more than endlessly spamming the AoE aggro attacks I have and keeping diseases up. Learning to play with another tank will get easier with practice I guess but still… it was not pretty the first time. I had heard that the first time it hurts but damn, it was almost spirit-breaking.
Oh, and the saddest part is that the DK tanking pants dropped -.- Now that I got an upgrade I feel obligated to keep on tanking.