Dedicated To The Tanks Out There

Posted by on Jan 16, 2010 in Commentary | 2 comments

I got asked about Tricks of the Trade twice this week and it wasn’t by fellow rogues. The questions came from two tanks that I regularly run with. For the purpose of this post, I’m going to name them Tanks, Cow and Mandy. If they ever read this post, they’ll appreciate the subtlety behind the naming. And yes, I realize that I said two tanks yet named three. We’ll get to that in a bit.

During a 5-man run:

Cow: Do you have to cast Tricks every time I pull? Am I having aggro issues? Do you do the same with Tanks?

Me: Yes. No. Yes.

During a different 5-man run:

Mandy: Do you hold back when I pull? Like, wait for me to get aggro before you attack? Do you do the same with Tanks?

Me: No. No. No.

For the tanks out there, let me say this: we’re not casting Tricks on you because we have issues with your tanking. It’s not because we think you don’t have enough aggro. Tricks is there to ensure that aggro does not become a problem for the entire group, not just us rogues. It also allows us to unleash our DPS without worrying about threat (for 6 seconds, at least). Overall, it benefits everyone. Tricks + Fan of Knives does wonders for group AoE. Tricks + Blade Flurry + Adrenaline Rush + Fan of Knives spam makes rogues smile. So please, don’t worry about getting the buff from us. We like killing things. Tricks is there to ensure that those things don’t kill us back.

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Naxxramas Weekend Raid 1

Posted by on Mar 5, 2009 in Commentary |

The weekend was spent raiding. Our guild has been trying to get a 10-man Naxx run together for a month now and after three weeks of failed attempts—that’s two weekends of attendance issues and a week of latency problems—we finally succeeded. We raided Naxxramas after nearly a month of inactivity.

We started on Saturday at around 1PM. Our main tank was unavailable due to work reasons so our off-tank became our MT and my death knight filled in for the off-tank post. Considering that my experience is with DPS and not tanking, I knew I was in over my head. But hey, if I didn’t do it, there’d be no raid. My rogue Sin was going to have to sit this one out for now.

It’s a good thing that I’m familiar with how to tank most of the bosses in Naxx. Of course, knowing what to do is different from actually doing it, but the execution went off well. We had a little trouble with Maexxna but that was it. The Heigan dance was done with a single attempt and there were five of us who remained standing in the end. By the end of Saturday, we were able to clear the Arachnid Quarter and most of the Plague Quarter.

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