So, tanks. Tell me, what’s up with you lately? Something seems off and I can’t quite put a finger on it.
I love me some tanks. I try to be understanding when it comes to tanks. I’m not a full timer or anything, but I’ve tanked sometimes myself and have eyerolled at the mage who always pulls or the DPS who thinks he’s a tank too. I try not to say anything bad, since they’ve got enough to do and hear enough crap as is. I mean, I’ll shout “MOVE!” if a tank is standing in sheeyit, but that’s fair, ’cause I shout that at everybody. Seriously, doods! I don’t complain when tanks can’t keep hate/aggro, or when we wipe, or when you really need to pull those mobs out of that thing that’s healing them. You’re doing your job, and I’m doing mine, which is to shoot all the things.
So why is it that I keep on encountering tanks in LFD who are acting like prima damn donnas? Warrior, paladerp, beartank, drunk monk or death knight, it doesn’t matter. They can do it because they know we need ‘em and can’t live without ‘em. And what do they care about our thirty minute queue times when they can get a party in a minute (or five, depending on heals)?
Why, I ask, must you drop the party in the middle of the freaking instance when you do/do not get that tank trinket you wanted? Why, I ask, must you drop the party the moment you zone into the dungeon and realize that it’s not the one with the tank gear you wanted? Why, I ask, must you get trollish, pull crap and THEN drop the party, trying to kill us all when you go? This last one pisses me off the most, especially if things haven’t been all that damn bad and nobody’s died - what the hale is wrong with you? Leave if you must, but sheesh, leave us alive. (Also, what’s up with people botting tanks? Jeebus, that’s a disaster.)
Given the large number of DPS only alts I have, I complain about the queue times a lot. I’ve often said I’m going to make a tank @#%$ it so I don’t have to wait this @$%*ing long for a queue anymore! These days, though, my complaint is different. It’s more like, “I’m gonna make a tank damn it so I don’t have to deal with this sheeyit!” I’ve started a couple of times but then I always got distracted by other shiny things.
I like to solve my problems. Well, sorta anyway, since I still couldn’t tank for my ninety million DPS alts … but at least I would be “contributing” and complaining less! I’d probably want to go Horde, since that’s where I spend most of my time. All slots on WRA are currently full, unless I deleted one of the low level alts (only Daschela or Thirabel would be candidates). Therefore, if I want to stay Horde-side on WRA without deleting anybody, I have the following options:
Pros: Plate! Already has Protection set as an alt spec.
Cons: I’m still not having much fun with being a Fury Warrior, but I also remember thinking that I couldn’t take tanking as a warrior any damn more somewhere around Blackfathom Deeps. Maybe warrior tanking is better now? Also, she has no tanking gear (WTB shield).
Mechalis, Death Knight
Cons: She’s level 88 right now. Isn’t that … a little late to start tanking? She has no tanking gear. Would have to change her alt spec, which means giving up either Frost (awww, man, but I can dual wield!) or Unholy. I’d probably ditch Unholy since everybody can control an undead minion for up to five minutes now and just retame it when control drops.
Pros: Hasn’t even bothered to set her alt spec!
Cons: Would have to compete with ninety million other leveling monks for gear. I also can’t imagine Alexalis taking damage for anybody, because they’re almost all breathers.
If I DID delete somebody, it would probably be Thirabel, since Daschela is representing for (level 25 wooo) druids. I could figure out a new pet plan so Therm could tame Gib the Banana Hoarder (BECAUSE OMFG MONKEY IN A FE… wait, have I said that before?) and the other assorted pets I want. (WTB more stable space.) Then a slot would then be available for a new tankytype. Since I can’t have another Death Knight and I’d probably go paladerp for the facerolling because why make this harder than it has to be, this leads me back into my eternal conundrum of “Urgh, blood elves” vs. “Oh Gawd, Tauren fingers and no freaking hairdos.” (Honestly, guys, have you ever looked at just how few options Taurens have for customization? It’s kinda unfair!)
I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DOOOOOOO
(Balloon Tank was found via Google and is apparently the work of this artist. It’s actually kind of cool to see the tank deflate over time.)