I remember a time..
..When tanking used to mean something! Now I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Its unfortunate that I never got a chance to raid in vanilla wow but I think I still have a decent picture of how it was back then. Celaeno; a guildie of mine recently brought up a good point on her blog about tanks, healers and how little praise they receive for a job well done. Now I’ve done it all, healed, tanked, and topped the damage charts so I’d like to think that I know what I’m talking about. Tanks and healers have in many cases a significantly more difficult job than dps (not always, but a lot of the time) and the consequences to their failures generally affect a greater number of people in raid. They are first to take the blame and last to receive praise.
DPS have damage meters. Healers have healing meters. Tanks have…meat shield meters?? No, they don’t have anything. Whats more frustrating is that 90% of wow players don’t know enough about the various tanking classes or the job itself to tell a good tank from a fail tank. It can get really depressing sometimes.
I remember a time when being MT of your guild meant a great deal. No one needed a quantifiable means to judge my performance. Why?? because MTs don’t fuck up and if they do, they fix it before the next attempt. They are immovable pillars upon which good raid groups are built. Now I know thats a rather bold statement to make but if you speak with any successful vanilla wow tank he will tell you close to the same thing. Tanking in WotLK has been a joke compared to prior expansions. Today anyone can pick up a sword and board, shape shift, or chance presence and be an acceptable tank as long as either fucking GS is over this weeks outrageous number and they have more HP than the next guy. These are sad times indeed.
I think back to my own experiences back in BC. For a young level 70 tankadin the quest to reach uncrushable was EVERYTHING. It meant something to be uncrushable, or to mitigate more damage, or to make that crazy last second clutch move to save a raid from a wipe. But no one notices these things anymore untill they are no longer there.
We tanks of days long past are a dying breed. Trully a dime a dozen. fortunately for my wonderful guild, this tankadin won’t soon lay down his sword and board, We’ve got bosses to down and dungeons to conquer.