I’ve always been a big believer in rolling on the gear of the role that you’re playing in heroics. I realize that gear in five mans is basically inconsequential at the moment – save for a few pieces in the ICC five mans. But something happened today that made me think a bit.
I’ve been trying to get the tyrannical beheader for my paladin’s ret offspec. She’s main spec prot but I queued her as dps for H-PoS. 20 Minute wait. Queue finally pops and we’re in. The group looks great! The warrior tank is super geared, as are the other two dps. The healer is a bit undergeared but within acceptable margins… and with an overgeared tank – that won’t be a problem. Tank takes off and hollers that he’s going to chain pull this place and to stick close to him and follow his directions. We start down the hill. The hunter accidently pulls a group the tank tried to skip and the tank ends up pulling 2 more groups. A warrior tank, plus mobs that won’t gather up… yeah bad formula. Despite our best efforts to help and CC, we end up wiping and naturally, the tank drops.
We run back in and requeue. I queue as dps, but throw on my tanking gear/spec. I know that in the early afternoon it could be a ten minute wait for a tank even so. We wait a few minutes, get buffs and take off. My pally’s main set is VERY well geared for an alt and I know how to handle her. My hubby’s been a pally since vanilla and he’s taught me quite a bit. Suddenly the queue pops back up. I requeue as dps, and the group leader fusses and said that she did that so I could queue as tank. I replied that I was here for the tyrannical beheader only and that I’d queued as dps for that reason – because I didn’t want to deal with the QQ when I rolled on it as the tank. First boss goes down and we’re almost to the second boss before I talk a guildie into coming and tanking for us.
But that begs the question of what I should have done? When I go for the NES on any tanking toon for their offset I’ve always queued as dps. I know a lot of people say role doesn’t matter… but there’s nothing more annoying than losing something you’re after to the tank or healer [or to a dps if you're a tank/healer]. After I replied, what I did, the group didn’t question it at all… I know they were a bit peeved that we were sitting there waiting for a tank for quite a while and having to effectively 4 man things. Had I not gone tank, given how long we were sitting it would have just fallen apart. But again, I don’t want to be dishonest. I spent the 20 minutes in queue as dps waiting for H-PoS specifically. I paid the dues for a dps spot… I was what I consider honest and ethical about trying to get a piece of offset loot.
Should I just queue my pally as tank for h-PoS from now on and roll on what I please?
What would you do?