Why Tank?

August 10, 2008

That’s a really good question, and I don’t know if I can really answer that, as I can only assume that there are as many reasons for tanking as there are tanks. And now that I’ve given you the most generic answer possible I’m going to tell you why I personally made the jump, seeing as I’m still addicted to beating things with sticks.

One of the reasons for my switch is because I got tired of being asked to do something that I had no experience and the wrong spec for. Thankfully this seems to be slowly changing, at least in the end game, but it wasn’t uncommon for me to be asked to tank, and then given incredibly rude responses when I tried to explain that I didn’t even own a shield.

Another reason is that I’m impatient, and I don’t want to spend a ton of time looking for a group, and tanks always seem to be in a shortage while it’s not that easy to find work as a retadin. Hell, some times it’s still hard even when you’re a classic DPS like a Warlock or a Hunter.

That’s not really a very sound reason for switching from PewPewing, but that’s why I’m trying to make the jump. I’m sure there are people out there who’ll tell you and me that it isn’t a very good reason to start tanking, but I think a lot of people first learn to tank for similar reasons. I know there are born tanks, and God bless them, but I don’t think I’ve ever met one.

I guess there is another reason, if I’m willing to admit it to myself. I love being in the center of things, especially when I can do a bit of leading. I don’t have the mentality for day-in, day-out leading, but I do love to be in charge of things for short periods of time, and when you tank you often are the default leader of the group.

So, I guess my reasons all boil down to me being impatient and having a huge ego. Maybe I was really a born tank in denial 😉


lol l2tank, nubz

August 9, 2008

The first character I was ever able to level past 20 was a human warrior on Arthas, named Jeanvaljean, and I was spec’d dps, through and through. I hated the idea of equipping a shield, and I was good at whacking things until they died. At the time I wasn’t too interested in instances, which was a good thing, as at the time it would have been nearly impossible to convince anyone to let me in with my two madly swinging swords.

It wasn’t until I rerolled Horde on Coilfang that I really started to see how narrow minded people were about the roles of classes. A bunch of my friends were rolling Blood Elves, and I figured I’d do the same, picking paladin because it was as close to my beloved warrior as they could get. And if any of you have ever tried to get into a group as a retribution paladin, you’d find pretty fast that they’re expecting you to heal or tank, but definitely not be up there swinging wildly with your two hander.

After months of being pestered to haelz or being asked if I could tank I got sick of it and rerolled a warlock on a different server. I had a blast and managed to get my little gnome up to level 62 before everyone I knew stopped playing.

Then one new friend started playing, and I figured I’d get back into the game with a new mindset, and I’d actually l2tank, seeing as I had endlessly heard about the tank shortages. But if I was going to tank, I’d have to figure out how in the word I’d go about leveling in anything resembling the speed I was used to. After researching the subject some, I stumbled onto the druid, and ended up deciding that I would roll feral druid, which brings me to this blog.

There a many good blogs on paladins and druids and warriors floating around, but there wasn’t any that I could find focusing on tanking and learning to tank. I’m fairly clueless in this field, myself, but I figured it would be a great service to myself, if nothing else, to chronicle everything I learn along the way.