I have very low expectations of lowbie pugs. Still, I hold some standards: if I queue as a healer, I have caster gear on and will try to heal you. If I queue as a tank, I will have tanking gear on and will try to tank for you. Now, my standards for other tanks at least lower to “not in caster gear trying to tank” but apparently this is just too much for some people.
I was on my wee little 39 druid, trying to get her up to 40. She both heals and tanks, but my rogue has my DPS/tanky heirlooms, so I was only signing up to heal. I zone into DM, and I target the other tank. It’s a druid. I wait for bear form.
They pull with roots and randomly moonfire at shit. The trash dies without too much paim, but still, I speak up: “Um?”
“lol were trying this thing”
“where we dont need other people” (so you queue’d up with other people because WHY?)
I started a second druid–same server, same faction, don’t ask–and have specced her as feral, because tank queues are amazing. As soon as she hit 15, I had bear form and despite my woeful lack of buttons, I said ALRIGHT. LETS TANK US SOME DEADMINES.
It took me all of about 15 seconds to regret it.
The problem with baby bear tanks is that…they’re rage based. Rage based, with very few buttons, and at level 15 everyone seems to think that letting the tank hit things first is completely optional. This means you spend most of your time chasing around mobs that are chasing around DPS, and there is dick all you can do about it.
You want to know why some lowbie druids tank in cat form? THAT’S WHY. I tried asking the group to let me snag stuff first, but “lol it’s deadmines” was the only response to that.
I sucked it up and waited 10 minutes to instance as DPS until I was a high enough level to get swipe. I love you, swipe. I also abuse the talent where I get rage for shifting, and bounce in and our of bear form before pulls so that I can, you know, hit things.
Rage is just a lousy mechanic when you’re a lowbie tank.
Why is it hard to let the tank hit things first, people? C’mon. Please remove your asshat when entertain an instance…