I often joke that I minored in worrying… because well, I’m good at it. I’m starting to realize that I’ve let other people erode my self-confidence as a death knight tank.
On my pally, threat has rarely been an issue – randoms or otherwise. I can half sleep through the instance and keep threat on stuff. Not that being good at pallytanking is easy, because it takes work and practice. It is EASIER. On my warrior I knew the “problems” they face going in. I accepted them, and made a conscious decision to be fearless and plunge into heroics. It worked and my warrior tanking experience has been mostly successful. Now I’m working on getting my druid out there tanking… and I’m facing a lot of the same insecurities. I took her on a guild heroics run this evening and did alright… Had threat pulled a few times, and caught up with a bear tank friend who gave me a few tips… I may try it again. I won’t go into heroics until I consider myself good enough or until I make a conscious decision to be as fearless as I was on the warrior.
But back to the death knight… It’s been a struggle with her for a long time. Not because she sucks, or I don’t play her well.. or anything other than self-image. Now, don’t be thinking I’m considering giving up dk tanking here. I love it and I believe it complements my hubby’s pallytanking well… but I also have my own frustrations. I’ve let a lot of stuff get to me that shouldn’t. Former officer in the guild berating me on officerchat for low threat [dk versus pally], as well as in vent. Same officer taunting mobs off me in the 25 man raids in order to be the center of attention… pug healers that see me and “omg dk tank – drop group”. The many disastrous pugs I’ve encountered on my dk and the poison that is trade chat – espousing that dks should never tank and weren’t made to tank… It also can be a frustration when I can’t get a rune strike to proc in ICC and hubby’s aoe threat keeps yanking stuff, so I can’t get a rune strike… etc. Bad RNG can suck. BADLY.
My dk who was made and specced and geared with raid [mostly] single target tanking in mind… has trouble in heroics with ICC geared dps going all out [specifically bladestorming warriors, nonmisdirecting hunters and on occasion mages]. I see other dk tanks having the same issues… and warrior tanks, who are even more aoe threat starved than I am… And I realize that I’m not alone. I’m not the only one struggling and fighting to be the best and do their best. Maybe this is why I try to be more careful with warrior and dk tanks on my dps toons. I rarely have to tread very cautiously with pallytanks and bear tanks are rather rare in my random experience… so usually the ones that exist are very geared, very good, and have very few issues.
As several guildies have told me – my tanking talent is there and I’m good at it. I just need to stop worrying, be fearless and just tank.
So… Let’s all be fearless together. If you have a toon with a tank or healing spec that is ready for heroics but you’ve been too timid to try it, today is the day! Throw yourself out there and just do it! I declare today “Fearless” day! Feel free to reply and tell us how it goes, good or bad! Do it!!! Do it NAO!!!
ETA: “Fearless” day can apply to all toons eligible for dungeon finder!