New Content. New Encounters. New Strategies.
Did you miss the window?
Personally, I find myself standing on both sides of the window. My druid pushed through the new content pretty quickly, and is currently working on hard-modes. My gear is excellent for doing the random heroic, and I often find myself spending the fight in some kind of monologue about how everyone else could be doing things a bit better. Like the tank. I had one a couple of nights ago who thought CC was optional, and for our group it was, but if he’d had a little less DPS or a little less healing, every pull would have ended in death. It wasn’t that the tank was bad, just a bit on the squishy side.
I try to keep my nice face on when doing heroics… I really do. I don’t automatically leave if we wipe. I don’t inspect people’s gear and do the /eyeroll thing. I get zapped into my dungeon, and keep on trucking unless I find someone totally obnoxious. Until last week, I didn’t even consider the other side, but I’ve found myself there now.
I started playing my paladin again. Being a tank, and pretty much only a tank, I decided I better look at some dungeons as I leveled instead of waiting until heroics. So far, I’ve been kicked out of a group, and left a second after being called more bad names that I can stomach. What went wrong? In both cases I had misunderstood a mechanic and didn’t do quite the right thing. (I’m just gonna ignore the group I got kicked out of after I said, “Hi. This is my first time tanking this instance. Advice appreciated ^^”)
The kicker, to me, is that I’ve seen all these fights. In general, I know how they work, what the bad stuff is, how to pick up adds and the like. However, going from a healer to another role is a kick in the pants for actually knowing what’s going on. A healer knows what abilities hit hard, and what not to stand in. Sometimes we even know what to interrupt and when to blow a cooldown. However, that doesn’t help you move a boss, or when to start kiting–for that stuff, you actually need to do it!
What I fail to understand is how I’ve managed to miss the window. I purposely am running regular dungeons, figuring they’d be more forgiving towards the learning curve. This isn’t Ragefire Chasm we’re talking about: the dungeons haven’t been out all that long. Hell, I’m probably nicer to my group mates in Ragefire Chasm just because I know someone is learning a new character!
Instead of tanking now and again as I quest to 85, I have stopped joining dungeon groups altogether. An instant queue is not an advantage when you’re rolling through that many players who have nothing to say to you except “you suck.” It’s actually semi-unfair, since I did manage to garner some good groups, but in this case, the bad outweighs the good in my mind, and so a dedicated tank is yanked out of the random option since I’ll only run with a stacked group.
My tank’s window is closed.
Have you encountered “the window” and which side were you on?