Thu 4 Feb, 2010
I had an old friend of mine stop by last night to chat. We’ve played together since he was just a new player back in the Burning Crusade days. He did the traditional WoW route. He started as a hunter because EVERYONE told him to play one. Its simple they said.. and you know what? He got pretty damned good at it, but it wasn’t quite fulfilling for him. Ok that’s a lie. Due to financial difficulties at the time that Wrath came out, he just couldn’t afford a copy. So he did what any redblooded casual WoW player would do. He started an alt.
Since that time, the Alt became the Main as far as raiding is concerned. He’s learned by trial and fire how to tank. He’s discovered that he really likes it. I mean hell…. who wouldn’t like getting their face beat in day after day.
Lets be honest, its a very high profile position in a raid. What’s the first question the healers ask? “Who’s the tank?” Who do people pin their hopes on in 25 mans and 10 mans? The Tank and the healers, but honestly.. tanks are more visual. When you’re looking at killing the boss, you see the tank. You half the time don’t notice the guys propping him/her up and keeping their furry …er… plated…. buttocks up and running. Its not fair to healers, but it is what it is.
We keep in touch from time to time. He has moved on to tank on the Alliance side on Whisperwind. I’m of course tanking on the horde side on Thunderhorn. So as I was babbling on, we got to talking and the conversation kind of progressed like this….
Me: Rough night in ICC.
Him: Which boss?
Me: Not a boss, more of just a general feeling of people being off tonight. Not terrible, just didn’t quite make it as far as we wanted.
Him: Yeah? …. hey do you mind if I ask you a question?
Me: No sweat
(queue… long wait)
Me: Uh oh.. must be a long question??!!!
Him: Ok… so I’m pondering is it normal to feel like you want to be the Main Tank and not the Off Tank anymore? Is that a normal feeling?
Good question… lets pursue it shall we??? (more…)