Random Thoughts…

Well, I took part of my morning and cleaned my account of most of the extra toons.  I kept a few on servers where I have friends [ie the Effers] but other than that I went through and deleted all the extras…  I still had level one toons that have been sitting for two years and never even played.  I deleted total about 20 toons.  The lowbies just got deleted and all the extra death knights picked someone at random and traded them the gold they had.  Someone might as well use it right?  And with the BoAs supposedly becoming bind to BattleNet, I may want to roll some new toons at some point, or develop the ones I have on other servers first :P.

My priest is 3 Tol Barad commendations away from having her spirit trinket.  It’s a little frustrating as we’re sure not to win today again.  The win quest alone would get me what I need.  But alas, I shall get the trinket tomorrow for sure.

Cardboard Tanks
I’ve discovered a new phenomenon.  The “Cardboard” tank.  We all know what a tank is, and what a “dps tank” is.  But what is a “Cardboard tank”?  They are a special breed with decent gear and appropriate tanking specs that are insanely squishy – as in, I have to dump most of my mana bar each pull – on just the tank.  When I run across one of these on my healer, I just bow out of the instance.  To be fair, I always give them to the first boss, then politely bow out.

Now how can someone have the right spec and gear but still be squishy as a tank?  It’s very easy!
1. Don’t use your cooldowns – AT ALL.
2. Stand with your back to half the mobs
3. New tank.  [not a bad thing to be new but new tanks do tend to be more squishy]
4. Don’t take the talent in your tanking tree to be uncrittable
5. On top of any and all of the above – refuse to use CC.

Now your healer is dumping BIG heals on you and draining their mana each pull to keep you alive.  Even worse, Cardboard tanks RARELY watch healer mana.

On an aside, Lost City of Tol’Vir is also the bane of my existence as a disc priest because of the aoe damage, especially on the third boss.

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Author: Askevar

Raid leader and Tank. Also is an altoholic

6 thoughts on “Random Thoughts…”

  1. Yes, I’ve had quite a few cardboard tanks. Some so squishy I’d be tempted to call them paper tanks. Almost invariably they respond to a request for CC as if it’s a personal insult. I can’t tell you how many times they give some variation on “I haven’t had to use CC since I was in all greens.” Ignoring for a moment that you cannot, in fact, queue for heroics in all greens, I marvel at how they think that being carried by a healer in every other run they have done somehow imparts on me an imperative to do the same. I think I’m going to have to write a scathingly sarcastic post on my blog just to vent about this. I mean, what if I fired back that I haven’t had to spam my big heal nonstop since the last time I had such a l33t tank?

  2. Wow you’re in the Effers too, that really is a blogger sanctuary lately isn’t. I will miss the BBB though, even if do I understand his reasons.

  3. always really shocked to see tanks with their back to the mobs… all tanking classes rely on facing the mobs to enable block/parry. Standing with back to mobs and getting ass critted while blaming the healer for low heals is just silly.

  4. I’d like to think I’m not a cardboard tank, at least I don’t do the things you talk about here so I think that qualifies me as not being one. I think :-P. However, I have seen more than my fair share of those you speak of. Lately I don’t really feel like healing or tanking because of how much people trash on me no matter if it’s my fault or not.

    BTW, I love your blog.

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