On Friday night I romped through a couple of instances with my usual PuG tank.
He even trekked back from Northrend to help me out… See, puggers will cross the seas and stars to help each other out.
Then it was back to BGs and quests until I got an invite to Blood Furnace. The original DK tank had to go before the run started so another one was recruited.
The Reluctant Tank
Well it was a DPS DK, as a reluctant tank. Don’t get me wrong, he was happy to tank, he just wasn’t sure if he could pull it off.
That was his 1st clear indication to the party to be cautious. It was pretty much unnecessary, most of us measured him over the 1st couple of pulls and worked within his abilities, which were fine.
Most of us…
Not all of us…
There was one, a Ret Pally that was consistently pulling aggro… Every fight. I didn’t mind too much, it gave me something to do, but the DK wasn’t happy. He knew the natural order of things.
Pally was told
See the DK was the tank. He knew he was meant to be the only one getting aggro, the only one getting heals. It wasn’t like he wanted to tank, he had offered the job to the Pally at the beginning of the run.
Over the course of that BF run and into our subsequent Ramparts run, the DK asked the Pally on multiple occasions:
You want to Tank?
Then stop pulling aggro!
DK tells Pally to tank
Just before we got to the 2nd boss in Ramps, just after the pull at the top of the stairs with the Dark Casters, the DK had enough.
Pally, you tank this pull, I’ll be right back.
The Pally jumped in as requested
Now I was healing, spam healing, but the Pally went down. The DK hadn’t gone anywhere though, he was waiting for this moment.
No sooner than my screen lit up red with AGGRO, did it revert to a more serene green as the DK leaped in and took control.
Not surprisingly there were no aggro issues while the Pally was face down on the floor.
Squishy Plate Wearer is Squishy.
As I rezed the Pally I pointed out he was too squishy and I wouldn’t heal if he was tanking. The DK knew this would be the result. My statement was just the completion of his earlier statements.
If you pull aggro, you can tank, you can die.
Leave the aggro Magnet job to the tank!
Back to the DeathKnight
So the DK took over again and there weren’t any more problems over the next few pulls.
Why only the next few pulls?
Because the Pally took his bubble and went home, right before the 2nd boss.
What did we do?
We four manned the last two bosses. Easy peasy single target heals for the most part. No one else pulled aggro, no one died, except the bosses and the mobs that stood between us.
Moral of the story…
- If you pull it, you tank it.
- If you can’t tank it, don’t pull it.
- Let the tank do their job and save on your repair bills.
Gnomer and Out, Squidly and Stout!
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