Thoughts on Tanking while Levelling
Gurdrid is a prot paladin. As I mentioned in my previous post about her, I’m loving the nearly non-existent downtime of playing prot. The instant queues for dungeons are really nice, too. But. Actual tanking gear in Outland is almost nonexistant. Somewhere along the line it was decided that all Defense was going to be turned into Agility, so there’s all this quest gear with strength, stamina, and agility on it. Little to no dodge or parry to be found. It would have been nice if Blizzard had changed the itemization with the realization that agility is useless on plate. (Well, I don’t actually know that – is it useful to DKs?)
Anyway, I’m level 64 and I’ve done one instance. I’m only about 2/3 of the way through Zangarmarsh. (And I went to Hellfire prior to dinging 60). Leveling through Hellfire was hella-fast. I know part of it is that I know the quests very well. I have two toons with the Loremaster title, and 6 toons past Hellfire. I’ve done those quests a *lot*. I have to say I like the soloability of some of the quests that I struggled with on Kerridwen, even over level. I know that that’s at least in part because of the recent nerfing, but due to the nature of questing these days, I think it was necessary to allow new players to see that content.
But, back to the comments about tanking. As I mentioned, I’ve only done one instance in BC; and it went pretty well. I got slave pens, which isn’t one of my favorites (I’m not actually sure what my favorite BC dungeons are… hm.) The DK had a little trouble keeping his aggro in check. I forgot to check and see if he had blood presence up or not. But he was good natured, and never once took aggro on a boss. Not once. We had a bad pull at one point, where we were about halfway through killing a group, and two pats came and joined the fight. My healer was awesome through that, and everyone waited 2-3 seconds for me to get an aggro lead before they started blowing AoE. My health dipped enough for me to drop Word of Glory only once in that mess.
All of that said, though, I’ve learned several things I need to work on:
- I need to work on pace. I tend to rush and take my time at turns. I think it’s because when I rush I feel like I’m going to miss something important; and when I take my time people get antsy.
- I need to work on dealing with mobs outside my AoE influence. I need my longer-range buttons more accessible.
- I need to work on marking targets – short story, I need a macro so I can mark on the fly.
I’m sure there are more. I’m sure I could be a much more effective tank, more aware of my surroundings, trying not to put my DPS in the ick behind the boss. Keeping my healer safe. Sona makes these things look easy. I know they’re not; and I know it takes practice, but I feel clumsy right now.
And OMG, do you level *fast* now. Level 64. In less than 3 days played. With mining and blacksmithing in the target area. I plan to quest through the rest of Zangarmarsh and then Nagrand; and then I’ll use LFD to finish out getting to level 68 (if I even need it.) I’m contemplating trying to solo the Ring of Blood. That should be interesting.
So, for those of you who are my fine readers, do you have any suggestions for how I might go about trying to work on my instancing abilities? This toon is probably going to get most of my not-guild-group love in that regard.