If you’ve been reading the blog, you know that Gurdrid is a tank, and that I was hoping to do some LFD with her. But, here’s the problem…
I’m relatively confident in my general ability to tank. After one wipe on one boss once I was able to take the advice of a very patient warlock and successfully provide tanking for a no-death fight. But that was on normal, four of the PuG group were my guildmates, and, well. It’s just different.
I want to try heroics, but I’m scared. I’m afraid that I’m not really all that good of a tank, because I’ve never been faced with a crisis moment, really. I’m afraid that because I’m a little slow, like to mark targets, and am generally still struggling enough with things like movement and placement; that people will label me a noob, and kick me out of groups.
In normals, I’m more comfortable saying “I’m not familiar with this, can someone point me at the right groups”. Heroics? I’m not so sure about doing that.
Tanks always seem to actually need to be geared from the content to be successful at the content, and that means that until a certain point, tanks will struggle. Is that really still true? Or has Blizz finally fixed that gearing issue for tanks.
I think people are beginning to feel that they should be able to faceroll heroic content, thanks to the general age of the expansion and LFR.
I’ve been toying with several options, but I’m not sure what I really want to do.
1. I can keep running normals and use my JP to upgrade the one green, and maybe a couple of blue items I currently have. I already have several epics, thanks to the molten front, justice points, and the accessibility of crafted gear.
2. I can start slow, trying the easier heroics (as soon as I figure out which ones those are!) before doing random dungeons.
3. I can just wing it, and hope that the shortage of tanks forces people to be more patient with me.
4. I can scrap the idea all together for this expansion, and just plan to try and hit the curve a little earlier next time around.
I obviously don’t like 4; but, well…. My biggest problem, I think, is that I have to rely on strangers. Most of my in-game friends from previous guilds aren’t playing any more, or aren’t playing on my server (I moved, they didn’t) and I haven’t shared my realID with them. Those whom I have… I don’t really play at the same time with a bunch of them.
And my Blog Azeroth buddies are mostly raiders, which means most of the time when I look to see what they’re up to, they’re in Dragon Soul.