“If the tanks succeed, then victory follows.”
Healer to Tank Transition
I’m still thinking about it. A lot.
Having healed since WotLK, I’m pretty good. My fingers know what to do without thought. Habit places me to avoid damage or even to soak damage. Changing talents per circumstance is obvious. And, finally, at this stage of the game, I can anticipate ahead what will happen.
I’m pouring AP into my tanking weapon to get the 3/3/3 on the Crucible. Having heroic gear, I know that I’ll be sturdy even if I don’t know what is going on. I have the tanking pantheon trinket and I think I might have a stat stick. I’ll set aside Legendary stuff for later once and if I commit.
Tanking is a leadership role. I can hear my insecure voices in my head but I have to counter that with the awareness that I’ve been promoted to supervisory roles in every job in real life. One concern as a leader is that I don’t want to be a dick. Perception can be everything!
One odd thought is that in tanking there is no competition. At least that I can see. No one is bragging on numbers. I looked at our raid logs and the two tanks had wildly different dps numbers.
I do have to be prepared to be kicked. As a healer, I’ve only been kicked twice; once when the tank was not in tank spec and everyone blamed me and once when I complained about a player’s dps numbers in a dungeon and had not realized that it was a guild group. As a tank, I can get kicked on a whim.
Getting kicked hurts my soul. Again, drawing on real life, I have put my designs out there for hundreds upon hundreds of shows; I know that the work stands for itself and if you don’t like a design does not mean that you don’t like me. If I get kicked for performance or even a whim, I personally do not suck as a gamer or as a human being.
Playing pvp pet battles, I can honestly see myself advance. I know how to anticipate or what to look for at the start. I have almost zero tanking experience, it could take months to get to the point where my fingers go where they are needed and to react to something with style and panache.
Another thought is that the trade off with me tanking is my voice. To focus on being a tank, I can’t be that chatty guy I usually am. In this I wonder if I’d be benefiting the raid team in the big picture. My ego says that they need my abundant personality!
I’ve learned that my guild can be totally dismissive of my concerns. I don’t know if that is good or bad. I said that I was worried about the number of buttons to push and they blew it off as no big deal. But it is to me a big deal. Setting up a new spec and placing the buttons where they are the best in front of muscle memory is crucial in my eyes. With good preparation, I am less likely to fail but nonetheless I know I have to get into the water and swim even if it looks like splashing to start.
So, I’m working on it without having done much. My intention is to try to tank a LFR next week or the week after. I know the fights and I’d be beefy. I don’t want to do dungeons because I am lost in the Court of Stars and Kara and the Arcway and the Seat of the Triumvirate has me baffled.
So: that is where I’m at. I am worrying over it and reading up on it. I miss the tanking blogs of the past and have been reduced to guides with no personal reflections on the experience.
It could be a lot of fun.