The Life of Lowbie Tanks

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.

Well then.

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…

{7 Responses to “The Life of Lowbie Tanks”}

  1. I did exactly the same thing, but I queue with a friend who’s levelling a holy pally. I don’t really worry about DPS hitting trash first, most people are in full heirlooms and can tank the trash as well as I can. If they hit a boss first, my friend and I let them die before I pick up aggro. You yank it, you tank it. If you don’t like it you’re welcome to either
    a) requeue, and enjoy the wait. or,
    b) kick me, I’ll take my healer with me, and they can enjoy the wait.
    I don’t like taking on the role of entitled tank, but sometimes you’re left with few options.

    Swipe *IS* super awesome though. :)

  2. Easy lowbie bear trick – use Demoralizing Roar as a cheap but effective AOE grab. It’s not a taunt but it is a “HEY GUYS LOOK OVER HERE” mechanic before you get swipe.

    • My lowbie-bear trick was 1)autoattack first mob, which will build enough rage to 2) Mangle second mob, while saving your growl for the ineveitable 3) DPSer pulling a random mob, and by the time you get around to hitting the fourth, it is either dead or you have enough rage to deal with it. FWIW.

  3. > at level 15 everyone seems to think that letting the tank hit things first is completely optional.

    Yes, this. This is why I gave up on LFD tanking on Callaigh, because of asshats.

    The really obnoxious thing? All those DPS in heirlooms didn’t actually need a tank. They just killed stuff before they died, so not only did I not get the practice in tanking, they felt justified in just derping on through.

    So I just left them to it and went back to leveling.


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