Monday, December 21, 2009

Wow Do I Suck As a Tank, and Other 3.3 Thoughts

So I've been having a blast running my warlock and my resto druid through the new 3.3 Dungeon Finder system. The wait is a lot longer on the warlock, so I tend to play the druid more - so he's been rapidly catching up to my warlock in terms of his gearing.

So I thought I'd try tanking on my Death Knight. I've got a proper frost spec tanking talent build, I'm defense capped (at least for heroics) and have decent amount of dodge and parry. But boy do I suck as a tank. I figured I'd start slow and try out heroic UK. Easy peasy, right? Wrong.

Granted, the downside of running heroics through the dungeon finder system is that you can expect to get grouped with people that significantly outgear you. So unfortunately, even with what I thought was a decent rotation, I wasn't able to hold aggro against the dps that they were doing, so they were constantly peeling off mobs from me in the trash pulls in the beginning of UK. So I got vote-kicked before even getting to the first boss.

I think it is going to get much more difficult to gear tanks because of the way the new dungeon finder system works. People just don't have the patience to wait for someone that is learning the role, and if you're significantly outgeared, it would take a lot more skill than someone new to tanking has to maintain threat against that kind of pressure.

So, I'll give it up for a while and stick with my healer - maybe try it again every few days to see if I can get a successful run in. I have managed to tank heroic Gundrak with my DK, but it was with a group of similarly geared folks. So we'll see.

2 comments:

  1. The first step is admitting you have a problem.

    I am teasing. Do not give up on tanking. You will have some groups that have some jerks in, but there are a lot more patient healers out there and pretty much if you are a tank and find a healer then you will be able to run anything you want. Hang in there.

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  2. Yeah - I'm afraid admitting I have a problem might be the way to go. Plus, since I've got a very competent healer in my resto druid, finding groups isn't really a problem.

    I'm a glutton for punishment though, so I will likely keep trying the tanking. Even if I can't get it to work on my Death Knight, I will probably give it another try once I get my Paladin to 80.

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