My poor deathknight has been sitting at level 71ish for months. Largely because I cannot get motivated for more Northrend questing, and somewhat because I’ve been occupied with other things that have caught my interest in the game. Some if it is also because I created my deathknight so that I would have a “tank”. I have always felt that there was some value in understanding each aspect of the game, from a personal experience. The only problem is…I’m a shitty tank.
Ok, perhaps that is a bit harsh. But, in all honesty, I’m a mediocre tank at best. I am well aware that my biggest problem as a tank is that I am largely “clicker” (mock away…just know that as you do, I’m giving you the two finger salute irl!). But what makes me a bit of a strange clicker, is that I use my mouse to move also. It works for me as a healer, because I have everything bound to Clique and use my mouse almost exclusively while raiding. And on my DPS, I do have my attacks keybound so that if I have to move I can still DPS, but if I’m standing still I prefer to click.
It’s comfortable for me, and this system has worked very well…until I tried to tank. In addition to my clicking habit, which is absolutely horrible for tanking, I find that I just don’t have the awareness and button mashing abilities to be an aggressive tank (even though I am a queen at button mashing my way through Soul Caliber!). I also have a hard time keeping track of everything in big pulls. I mean, I did tank a decent number of instances leveling up to this point, but I always feel so stressed. And forget asking Brade for advice. He goes on these lengthy, winded, BORING speeches about the how god created the (insert tank here), and I just get that glazed look on my face and start to zone out. I need the basics! Not an hour long summary of everything everyone over at EJ has theorycrafted!
All of that being said, I really do want to learn to be able to competently tank at least heroics. Of course, there is that whole having to level in Northrend again thing standing in the way. So, I thought to myself “I wonder if I could just instance my way to 80 with the new dungeon finder”. You know, do a couple of instances here and there when I had a bit of spare time. I can’t really think of a way to become a better tank then to, you know, tank. I certainly won’t learn to tank grinding out quests!
I have mede up my mind! And so shall I go forth, and make your low level instance queue times shorter! And shortly after, I will go have my head examined :)
Do any other new tanks have simple tips or experiences to share to make newbie tanking easier?