Memes How I Love You So!
Hinenuitepo tagged me in their newly-formed DPS Meme based off of the most current Circle of Healers Meme to give some self reflection about yourself as a DPS. I was going to do it from a Mage perspective, but I do not think I can honestly do it yet. Seriously, he’s 63!
Do not worry though, I will force request my co-patriot and partner in crime, Aifel to go all Roguie on that Meme! So stay tuned for more Memes by the end of this week.
Gravity over at Pwnwear, however decided to let me in on some of the kickassery athat is the ‘How do I Tank’ meme. Death Knight Tanking is what I do. Hell I tried to DPS for a bit and just got too bored with it. Actually that pretty much sums up why I never touched Death Knights again until around 3.1, I just can not stand to play melee DPS. So, without further adieu, I present you my little piece of meme!
What is the name, class, and spec of your primary Tank?
Elnoriah the Death Knight Tank of Frost-like hell. Seriously, it is my favorite part of hell!
To let you all in on a little secret, Elnoriah was the name of this imaginary superhero friend I had when I was little. He kicked major ass and served justice to all of my enemies in my younger days, so it just seemed fitting for me to create a Death Knight under that name. (Yes, I had a screwy childhood)
What is your usual tanking environment?
10 man Raids and some Heroics, I have Tanked VERY few 25m Raids. Although mostly this is because my computer would lag far to much for me to be a reliable Tank in a 25m, I still would prefer the tightly-knitness of the 10m Raids.
What is your favorite encounter to tank, and why?
I really love Tanking Twin Val’kyr! The whole encounter is a blast, but Tanking them just feels surreal to me. The mechanics have everyone enjoying the fight because there is always some sort of thing to collect, some damage going out, some aura to change, you have to be quick and focused!
What is your least favorite encounter to tank, and why?
Kael’Thuzad, he’s annoying to begin with but it is just a bland fight to Tank in my opinion. Although the first phase is hilarious to Death Grip the Abombs!
What do you think is the biggest strength of your class, and why?
The biggest strength of the class are our cool downs, we have quite a few of them and they are always up when we need them the most. Kora’s slamming you down with some lava fists? Pop that Icebound Fortitude and tell him to hit a little harder next time! Then you get to use it in 2min and laugh at him even more because he still has failed to kill you!
We have a weakness? You disarm us, we keep on hitting you with spells. Or try and silence us! We still hit you with our abilities. Even when we are dead we leave a preasent in the form of diseases for you to remember us by <3.
Nice try, but we still win!
What is your favorite thing about the class you chose for your primary Tank and why?
The creativity as a Tank, I have 3 specs to choose from that all are completely viable to use, and to top it off I can still be very flexible with where I put talents into my spec at that point.
In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel is the best tanking assignment for you?
Give me something that is interesting? Adds, the boss? Who cares, just give me the job that you do not want to do and I can Tank that like a pro.
What tanking class do you enjoy tanking with the most?
Bear, I have been thoroughly enjoying Tanking with a Bear buddy of mine. They are just so interesting and amusing to me. Besides, when whelps go amass I have his back, and when something big comes to chomp on me he can fight me to rip it off.
What? You didn’t think I would let him take it, it’s MINE DAMMIT!
and the least?
Other DK’s, you guys are either full of yourselves or down right idiots. There is room for only 1 idiot in this Raid, and it is certainly not going to be you.
What is your worst habit as a tank?
Some times I forget to switch Frost Pres on when switching specs or after being Mind Controlled. Seriously, do not toy with my Presence you damn Priests in H ToC 5m.
What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while tanking?
Idiots that either pull the boss before me, or unleash every nuke they have in their arsenal while I am positioning the boss. Let me do my job and I guarentee yours will be cake!
Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other tanks for PvE tanking?
I can not complain to be honest, we are in a good spot right now. Sure we have some downsides, but doesn’t every Tanking class?
What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a tank?
Omen and Recount, I want to see what spells are hitting the hardest and I want to be able to pull enough TPS that no DPS will even think of pulling off of me.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your tanking class?
That we can not Tank. Jesus christ, I figured you people had gone away, we CAN Tank, just because we do not have a shield or a Bear form does not make us not viable to be Tanks. Should I be telling you that Spriests can’t DPS because they are “meant” to be Healers?
What do you think is the toughest thing for new players of your class to learn about tanking?
What stats/caps should be your top priority. Honestly, when I used to heal I saw too many people just stacking STAM and not even thinking about the DCap. But what happens after you hit 540 and can successfully balance it?
No, if you keep stacking Drating because “it gives a bit to avoidance” you are doing it wrong. You need to know your caps and be able to balance them, not drown in them.
If someone were to evaluate your tanking ability via tools like fraps, recount, and World of Logs, what tendencies would they notice?
They would notice that I totally jump around too much like a pansy-elf. Generally I can’t think of any bad habits I have that would be noticeable and somewhat threatening.
Do you strive primarily for balance between your tanking stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
Balance is key, I generally pray to the STAM gods, but everything is taken into account when changing a peice of gear or regemming/enchanting.
What Tanking class do you feel you understand least?
As silly as it sounds probably the Warriors. Bears are a close second, but I’ve never played a Prot Warrior and honestly have no intentions of doing so.
Addons for tanking?
Skinner (to give me a wide-screened view to see a bit more around me), Omen, Prat (organize chat), Dominos, Mik’s Scrolling Battle Text, Grid, Pitbull, and a few others that I will probably remember later.
Here’s the FUN part, who else gets tagged by me? Well, how about any one that reads this and has not gone through this ordeal, because I think every Tanking Blogger that I read regularly seems to have done this already. Go for it, you will learn a lot about yourself through this.