Posts Tagged ‘tanking’

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An Alternate Rotface Strategy – 1 Tank

July 18, 2010

So I run a rather special raid group for my hunter on Tuesday and Saturday nights. Chainmail Underpants is a raid sub-group of <Alea Iacta Est>. If you’re not familiar with the Earthen Ring server, suffice it to say that AIE is an EXTREMELY large guild. As in largest guild in existence, to the best of my knowledge. Last I knew, 5000+ accounts and still growing. (Seriously, the guild breaks the Armory and defies all attempts to  try and do a census upon it.)

If you are familiar with the Earthen Ring server, and not in AIE yourself, you’re probably groaning right now, and I’ve probably lost a good deal of your respect. You see, visitors, everyone who isn’t actually in AIE tends to dislike them. Why? Well… it’s such a big guild that they have their own LFG channel, and tend to only raid with themselves. It seems to me that the kind of members who usually PuG with folks outside the guild are often loners who don’t want the accountability of running with guildies. Therefore, the AIE members who run with non-AIE PuGs tend to suck and the guild gets a bad rap.*

For the sake of developing a raid team that can work together, though, you don’t want to PuG every week, even if you’re drawing from the slightly smaller population from within the guild, thus the raiding teams of which Chainmail Underpants is one, and I run with them. These guys are awesome. They work as a team, adapt to new situations, and experiment with alternate strategies all the time. When wipes happen, even for entirely avoidable reasons, no one gets mad or frustrated or starts yelling. If we’ve been wiping on progression for a long time and it’s almost time to stop, we swap to something easier like Sarth3D to pwn and keep up morale.

But I digress… I brought you here for Rotface, no? Long story short- these guys are willing to experiment, and if it works they celebrate it.

The alternate strategy goes something like this:

(Click the image for full size.)

One of your tanks goes DPS, and the other will be holding Rotface in the middle of the room. Then, your hunter swaps to his offtanking offspec, (something like 53/3/15) and does the job of the kiting tank. Hunter can use whatever pet they feel like for the most part, but should preferably be wearing at least PvP pants with a PvP armor kit on them for the extra stamina. Fully buffed in this build with the 25%  buff, PvP leg armor, and a Flask of Stoneblood my hunter can top 40k health, which gives the healers a bit of leeway when you need to run through the ooze.

This setup accomplishes two things:

1) The healers have less heal targets to split their concentration.

Generally speaking, between the 10% kindred spirits running buff and the ability to start kiting from range, the hunter should never come into contact with the big ooze. The only time the hunter is going to need healing is the times when he’ll have to go through a corner of the room currently being swamped by slime from the tanks.

2) Everyone who isn’t a healer can hit the boss.

More DPS on the boss means a shorter fight, shorter fights mean less chance of something going wrong on accident. Nobody goes out of mana, less “Angry Poo-poo” events, and altogether a smoother ride.

Once threat is taken with Distracting shot, and a little bit of damage is put onto the ooze to maintain that threat, the hunter can just move by strafing around the room, damaging the boss with instant shots and occasionally re-stinging the big ooze. In fact, the biggest problem I had the first time I tried this is that I moved too fast for the big ooze and that tended to make it try pathing too close to the DPS pile while trying to catch up. Therefore, occasionally stop and channel a steady or two into Rot’s face. Problem solved. :)

Just keep in mind that when the hunter goes through the slime corner, there will be a need for some healing, so let your healers know when you’ll be entering green stuff. I usually have a druid who shadows me from within the little circle at the center by the boss. This keeps her in range for the times I go through ooze, and makes the fight go smoothly.

SO! I hope you enjoy experimenting with your Rotface setup, and may all your loot be legendary!

-Skybreak

Chainmail Underpants is currently 10/12 in ICC. Wish us luck with Sindy!

*As with all generalizations, there are some cases that will fit, and exceptions that don’t. I do realize that perfectly good AIE members may go pugging, and that not everyone on ER actually hate the guild. Please drink responsibly, don’t operate heavy machinery, etc. ^^

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A Tanking Primer: Adaptability

August 11, 2009

uldapowWelcome back to the Tanking Primer series here at Going Bearfoot! Here we’ll explore a new aspect of tanking each week for the next several weeks, continuing with today’s topic, Adaptability. My hope is that I’ll manage to stay objective enough to cover tanking aspects without making this a “druid only” resource, and even include things specific to my warrior, paladin, and death knight brethren.

Tanking Primer Table of Contents

1. The Pull

2. Tank Talk

3. Adaptability

4. To be continued…

The World of Warcraft, like the “Real World” ™, is usually in some state of flux, and while you’re tanking there will always be patrols, groups with casters, groups without casters, bugs, lagspikes, awful PuGed people, and Cenarius knows what else. Your job then, is to always be prepared to deal with things, shift around, and make changes on the fly.

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A Tanking Primer: Tank Talk

July 28, 2009

heartrazorWelcome to a brand new series I’ll be starting here on Going Bearfoot, a Tanking Primer! Here we’ll explore a new aspect of tanking each week for the next several weeks, continuing with today’s topic, Tank Talk. My hope is that I’ll manage to stay objective enough to cover tanking aspects without making this a “druid only” resource, and even include things specific to my warrior, paladin, and death knight brethren.

Tanking Primer Table of Contents

1. The Pull

2. Tank Talk

3. Adaptability

4. To be continued…

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One of the strange things that has evolved over time in this game is that the tank is the leader. It’s entirely possible for a healer or a DPS to take charge and direct a group, but it’s a lot harder to do so. One reason for this is that it generally falls to the tank to be party leader for the sake of using raid markings to show priority kills. (Raid markings can be used for a strange concept called “crowd control” too, but this is a very ancient concept that no longer seems to apply to the world…) Because it falls to the tank to lead 85% of the time, it’s important that you find a way to establish yourself as the leader right off the bat, and remain in that position for as long as you need to work with your group.

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A Tanking Primer: The Pull

July 21, 2009

hey bearWelcome to a brand new series I’ll be starting here on Going Bearfoot, a tanking primer! Here we’ll explore a new aspect of tanking each week for the next several weeks, starting with today’s topic, the pull. My hope is that I’ll manage to stay objective enough to cover tanking aspects without making this a “druid only” resource, and even include things specific to my warrior, paladin, and death knight brethren.

Tanking Primer Table of Contents

1. The Pull

2. Tank Talk

3. Adaptability

4. To be continued…

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As a tank, you have a responsibility to your group to always make sure that everyone is with you, has mana, is back from their AFK, etc. before you engage the enemy. Always keep an eye to your party unit frames in between trash pulls, if someone is less than say 40% or 50% of their mana, try to stop and wait for them to drink. If you’re at a boss, the /readycheck command is a beautiful thing to make sure that everyone is still on the same page.

Once you get to that point where everyone is ready though, you have a number of options for how you should enter combat and they all depend upon the situation.

  • The standard charge
  • Ranged pull
  • Prox pull
  • LoS
  • AoE pull
  • Specialty pulls specific to party make-up.

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Gone Fishin’

June 23, 2009

FishingwhiteOne of my favorite proffessions in the game and something all my characters pick up is fishing. There’s just something soothing about popping on a playlist in iTunes and settling in for a good fish. Thus far, I’ve managed Old Crafty, a Giant Sewer Rat, and my Titanium Seal of Dalaran. If you seriously want to geek out though, you should try getting something like Fishing Buddy that will keep track of your catch rates. Then you can fish and fish and fish because every fish caught will make your data more accurate and…! Ahem. Back on subject.

The thing is though, there’s more to fishing than booze and vanity items! Fishing can be a serious asset to you and your guild, allow me to expand upon this, a fine subject.

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LOLOMGWTGDQ

May 26, 2009

Today is the day we druids have been looking forward to for night on 5 years, my friends.

“As it is with the druid, so it is with Moonglade. It is a base untruth to say that happy is the druid that has no history. Thrice happy is the druid that has a glorious history. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious new forms, even though checkered by past low-polygon counts, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy their class nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

-“Teddy” Rose-pelt*

I have not even words to describe the wonderful thing that has happened today my friends but come patch 3.2, there will be new art atop this blog, art of a bear who is properly white as his FlagRSP description has been stating forever and a day. “Teddy’s” wife El’nore Rose-pelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” We’ve been dreaming for a long time, you and I. Those Rose-pelts were pretty smart, eh? When this day comes there will be parties, and feasting, and great 40 man conga lines of colorful bears running great patterns through the streets of Dalaran, Orgrimmar, and Thunderbluff! I declare the need for multicolor conga lines!

I can’t say much more, but I will leave you with the gift of the Devs, this beautiful picture of our new and glorious future. (Click the image for full size.)

NewBarrs

* “Teddy” Rose-pelt is, of course, Theodore Roosevelt. His original speech which I brutalized in the name of Warcraft with great apologies to his memory is here.

Hat tip to WoW Insider, who I read the information from, and they got their information direct from the source.

EDIT:

I’ve been looking at as many druid blogs as possible to see what my fellow druids think of this change and I’d like to clarify a couple of issues I’ve seen crop up unaddressed.

1. This will come in “four installments” i.e. Tauren Bear, Nelf Bear, Tauren Cat, Nelf Cat. Post by Nethaera. Tree and Moonkin are something they have planned and want to do in the future, but don’t have for us right now. Do note that they want to though. ^^

2. For some reason, whoever made the picture of the new bears decided to do it with every one of them in a Roar animation. That is causing a lot of people to make loud complaints about bears with open mouths and/or “mouthbreathing”. Take a step back and read this other post by NethearaThe bears will both sit and idle while standing with their mouths closed! Isn’t this exciting?!

Also, on a personal note, I wanted to add that lots of people on the official thread keep saying that they wish this wasn’t just a new model and skin, but that they were adding our armor to our bear form. My personal stance on this, is that… I know we’ve been looking exactly the same for ages now, but can you even picture how dumb a bear with a hat and shoulders on would look? (Seriously, what’s on that poor thing’s head?!) One of the things I really like about changing form is that If my gear is best in slot or even just the best I have right now but it looks like something a colorblind beaver would decorate with, I can make it go away by shifting. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had gear sets that looked worse than tauren cat form, even before they put fur on it’s face.

Personally, I’d rather wear epic gear on my humanoid model where it would make sense, and stay as a bear. If I want to show something off, I can. If I would rather something never see the light of day for fear DEHTA would string me out (and the thing is just freaky anyway) than I can stand around in a form until I change into more appropriate looking gear…

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Paw Paws

April 14, 2009

pawpawSo, I’m posting late. It’s still Tuesday though! See, one of the unfortunate things about being a student is that right about now and early December you end up going into a giant cyclone of frenzied final DOOM. To be honest, I hadn’t even started to download the patch until now (11:00 pm CST). In any case this is going to be short, in addition to finals I also have some heavy family stuff going on.

I’m here today to introduce you to a word you will all use. Why will you use this? Because the odds of my ever becoming the high evil dictator/overlord of the planet are pretty slim, so I’m going to cash in my chance at the big pot for a smaller prize, i.e. my very small authority over you now. Muahahahaha!

In my one and only act as fleetingly high evil overlord/dictator of the world, I command you all to use this new word:

Paw Paw Bears

What is a Paw Paw Bear you ask? Why, that’s simple! It’s a druid bear using his/her second spec to heal. It’s perfect, you see. A bear and a tree all at once! My brilliance reigns supreme!!11!!

*ahem*

In any case, hopefully some of you remember this cartoon from back in the day.

This got me wanting to edit their theme song to apply to warcraft, but a) It’s a little to simple to do much with and b) I’m angry that wordpress tries to put a double space between all my lines. I need to figure out how to change that.

In any case, have a good Tuesday!