Don’t try to tank heroics in your DPS gear.
I know this seems like a dumb, obvious statement, but seriously, don’t do it!
I was queuing up for a couple random heroics this evening after hubby went to bed as I had insomnia and ended up in a Utgarde Keep run. I glance around and can’t tell who’s tanking by health, which is a bad sign, mind you. I realize that the 24k DK is listed as the tank. I glance at his gear – NO defense gear. AT all. None.
Okay, so maybe he was dps in the last one and hasn’t swapped yet. “Who’s tanking?”
24k DK: Me.
I watch and wait for the inevitable gear swap, which never comes.
Me: “Where’s your tanking gear?”
24k DK: “I have it on”
I glance again, hoping I missed something. Okay, he slapped on the 226 badge defense necklace… and that was it.
Random Hunter: “All DPS gear”
24k DK: “Well I’m trying to build a tanking set, you know, with badges?” [this is essentially what he said – cleaned up a bit from errors].
Me: “You can’t tank without any defense gear”.
Seriously, I don’t mind undergeared tanks. We NEED more tanks out there! So I have people to heal in heroics. I don’t mind someone in blues, someone who’s at the 535 “heroics cap” or someone a bit squishy because their gear isn’t ideal – not in a run of the mill heroic. If we can make it through, we’re fine. But I was not going to put up with an “I’m a DK, I’m so leet I don’t need defense gear” tank. I don’t need that stress – especially not late at night and after a 25 man raid [where I tanked on my DK mind you].
Me: “I’m not healing you.”
24k DK: Whatever *begins pulling*
Me: *sits down right at the entrance* [Random hunter and pally also stay with me. Random druid goes with him to dps].
He manages the first pull with about 3k health left, fully expecting my tier 9 epiced out priest to come to his rescue. It took everything I had not to do it because it’s been ingrained in me since I started healing oh what 3 months ago? But seriously, I’m NOT up for that stress.
Second pull – he pulls the first major group with 3k health, and the inevitable happens of course. He dies.
24k DK: UR GAY!!!!!! *leaves group*
DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT EVER do that to a group people! If you want to build a tank set and you don’t have an adequate one – go dps for the badges.