This weekend was pretty exciting. After my half day of mandatory overtime at work, I headed home to a marathon of Mumble interviews with at least four potential guild applicants. All of them made the cut and I was later discussing with Kurn how fortunate we are to be able to attract such quality apps. I think we have only had two that were questionable. We only had to let down one of them and the other removed himself from the running, after choosing another guild on our server to be a part of. Hopefully, that is something we can continue to say is the case. Especially when we really are pushing to fill some much needed spots in our raid.
I managed to get my DK’s mining skill to a point where she could start gathering in Outland, so I headed over to the Dark Portal and prepared to step inside. I noticed the typical introduction quest to Outland, provided by the appropriate faction leader outside the portal had changed. He sent me around the Blasted Lands to kill various things and that led me to a brief, but enjoyable quest chain in the southwestern corner of the zone that centered around a Worgen settlement and a corrupted druid. I was hoping there would be more new quests like that to distract me before I head to Outland, but I couldn’t find many more.
My main goal for my DK is to be able to tank with her. I spent Wrath tanking on a paladin alt and it was fun, but paladin tanks are everywhere. It was fun. It could still be fun, but I wanted to try something new. I have always had a secret appreciation for the death knight class and I always feel a little disappointed when I see players really dumb them down. There are certain classes out there, such as hunters, that are a lot more complex than people give them credit for. They could do so many great things and people would rather resort to keeping them simple and not really trying to dig into those classes, to see what hidden potential could be there. In my experience, there are two kinds of death knights. Bear in mind, these are much funnier over Vent/Mumble, when I can actually do the vocal impressions to go with these.
DK #1. “I am a death knight, free from the grasp of Arthas Menethil and I have dedicated myself to the finer points of death knight tanking, which I assure you will keep me plenty interested and intrigued throughout this great expansion that we as a player base are fortunate to be a part of and experience.”
DK #2. “I beat stuffs!”
Do you see the distinction? Sadly, there are far too many of DK #2 floating around and I would hate myself a little bit if I didn’t at least try to make the most out of the class and give it a go at really understanding everything in front of me. Regardless of whether it’s an alt or not. I don’t set out to be bad at anything.
So, I managed to get to level 60 and I decided that I was ready to try my hand at tanking things other than helboars and ravagers in Hellfire Peninsula and I threw my hat into the ring for a random dungeon, specifically Hellfire Ramparts. As it happens, the queue popped right away and I was in. The group consisted of myself, a frost mage, a moonkin, a healing priest (not sure which spec) and a rogue. I began pulling slowly, carefully, so as not to be bad and because I remember how difficult that place can be on a regular setting, when you are the actual level to be there.
The next thing I know, the moonkin starts pulling packs without me. I stood idly by and politely asked him to let me do that. I pull a few more groups and I think things are improving. The moonkin starts pulling again. I gently remind him that I am the tank and I would like to do that. The moonkin then proceeds to tell me that I’m slow and that I should L2tank. After downing the first boss in Ramparts, the moonkin races immediately to the door and starts pulling the mobs outside of it. At that point, I decided we were officially done. Three strikes and you are out. I thanked everyone for their time and dropped group.
When did it become bad form to be considerate of your party, especially knowing you are a new tank and wanting to do the right thing and be careful? When did the zerg strategy become the norm? How did we get here?
At this point, I have a few choices. I can either:
a) Wait until my guildies level alts that are at my level (which many of them are doing) and only do runs with them, with a mix of questing and other exploring thrown in.
b) Quest my way to 70 and not participate in instances (as a tank, anyway) and then start tanking. Maybe having better gear or newer abilities may help out and maybe groups will remember how difficult certain level Wrath dungeons can be at the appropriate level.
c) Quest my way to 80 and then start tanking in Cataclysm. Knowing that Cataclysm will really be a refresher course on party etiquette, being a cautious and courteous tank should be welcome and maybe groups will be more understanding and appreciative of such qualities.
For now, I’m having a lovely time mining, questing and saving up the gold needed to buy mats to level my jewelcrafting, which is turning out to be more painful than I thought. Why didn’t I just keep it simple and level blacksmithing, like any other decent plate wearer? Why did I have to go and try to be different?