So there I was last week, sitting in a scenario, gearing up to unleash the force of nature, that is my KotBS DPS spec. Anyways the scenario starts up, and I flip to my 2 handed setup and off into battle I go, with a hey nonny nonny. Happy days all round or so I believe. All of a sudden I get a strange message, which I don’t fully get straightaway. You must understand, that the red mist had already descended, so I’m in monolithic grunt mode. But to break it down, it went No Guard No Heals, at which point the archmage in question jumped group. Ugg Ugg!!
The red mist having now cleared, I decided to pursue it further. A few PMs later I got the full scope of his annoyance. His basic problem was, I hadn’t guarded him, so to best teach me a lesson and indirectly punish the PUG group we were in, he had jumped to another group. We were now without a healer.
So I now spend the next 5 to 10 minutes justifying why I was in a 2 hander setup … blah blah blah … no one heals me … blah blah blah … no one heals me, so why should I spend my game time in defensive mode blah blah. Okay now I know from the outset that I’m on very weak ground here, but I tend to go into Mr Defensive mode, initially at least.
But the archmage had the moral high ground on this one. I am a tank, I’m there to soak up the damage. But I’ve been slipping into a new mental state recently, that I’m a DPS monster. I think it’s more to do with my DPS in pure tank mode being is so piss poor, doing zero damage can be a bit soul-destroying. To put it into context, I have the destructive potential of a light morning mist.
[Reflection]Outside of fixed groups and PvE encounters, I often feel that no one really notices if tanks are there or not. A case in point, when I’m in a scenario, I first check if we have any healers, then DPS, not how many tanks we have. This 50% guard hp mitigation we have, only becomes worth anything when fighting in very small numbers. In big battles then it’s a speed bump before the person I’m guarding is merely a smear on the windscreen. Give me a 100% guard and no damage to myself, so people actively seek to be guarded and the tank becomes something to be overcome sooner rather than later. Sorry about that, had a little EMO there.[/Reflection]
The end result of it all, was I did a flip back to my tank guard setup after being suitably chastised. I think it is important to be occasionally reminded of what your in game function is. I just wish it wasn’t such a background roll. It will be interesting to see how CC and guarding work together in 1.3.2. One role puts you on the frontline, whilst the other puts you in the back line. It does kind of imply that I’ll need to be “flexible”. I do hope the healers are forgiving of my forays to the front.
So for those of you who don’t feel that people are fulfilling their primary role, then reach out and give them a clip around the ear, you never know they may be as receptive as me.