Posted tagged ‘tanking’

It looks great, but, um, what it is?

September 23, 2009

My guild went and tried out the new and improved Ony fight. I didn’t like it much, long and boring fight, but thats neither here nor there. I want to talk about what I found on Ony’s body.

blade stats

What on earth?

…Lets take a closer look at this.

Taking a walk on the wild side

June 22, 2009

Stepping out of your comfort zone can be pretty intense

Stepping out of your comfort zone can be pretty intense

After much consideration, I chose tanking as my main spec. I didn’t do it for my guild, I didn’t do it out sheer love of tanking and I didn’t do it because tanking came naturally to me. I did it for the opposite reason: I became a tank because I wasn’t a natural. While healing seemed to be something I was born to do, tanking scared me. An as uber perfectionist, as an extremly shy person, as someone with an anxious personality, the idea of being on the front line of a pull was absolutely terrifying. I remember my first few runs, feeling physically sick before each pull, shaking like a leaf the entire time… I loved every second of it!

I suppose it’s the emotional equivalent of scary rides at the amusement park. Rides put you in a situation where you feel like you’re in danger, but in reality, you’re quite safe. (Unless you’re very unlucky.) My first tanking runs were just like that. I worried that I’d fail (very disastrous for a perfectionist!), let everyone down and heck knows what else I fretted over­. But in reality, I was just playing a game with my friends. They’d still love me after a few wipes in Shadow Labs. I felt like I was in emotional danger, but the worst case scenario was being affectionately teased about it for a few weeks.

Did I get anything more than amusement out of trying something outside my comfort zone? Definitely. As I worked my butt off trying to be a good tank (which I still struggle with to this day), I gained a level of understanding and attachement to my class that I never would have experienced had I stayed a pure healer. I also deepened my understanding of the game in general as I watched the mechanics from a new perspective. I became better at all my specs, including holy and ret, it helped a lot when learning to play my mage and I find it much easier to learn other classes for when I need to give advice to a guildie. (more…)