Spinks over at Spinksville has turned her thoughts to the lack of tanks in random groups and has come up with some practical steps all players could use to take responsibility back into our own hands. Y’know, in a non-vigilante, non-mass lynching way.
Spinks points out that we have an ever-increasing shortage of tanks in the LFD system. Sure, tanking’s easier in some ways since we all piled on boats to ask Arthas why he’s Wrathful but not in all ways. Tanks take as many knocks from strangers as from hostile enemies. I’ve been running as a low-epics geared tank; Spinks is right in saying that people will at best comment on a tank’s gear and at worst insult the player before any trash monsters can try wearing said tank like a pair of forlorn-looking sandals.
[pullquote]tanks get a reputation for being punchy – it’s a natural consequence of psyching yourself up for a fight[/pullquote]I sympathise with Spinks’ point about the LFD tools – sorry, tool – encouraging tanks to exude a pugnacious aura. Just the other day I zoned into a dungeon in progress having just finished a dungeon with a rude group. I and the previous tank had been mocked before the dungeon had loaded. I snapped. I briskly tanked three consecutive packs perfectly then stopped and told the offenders Where We All Stood. They quietened down and the group took a collective sigh of relief.
That’s where Spinks’ ideas for solving the Insult-A-Tank craze generally work., depending on your definition of her word “complain.” Firmly confronting players being rude to anyone, including tanks, clears the air. It gives everyone even ground to see where they stand and reduces the risk of falling into passive aggression in random groups.
Spinks has strung her third solution a little higher than I would, mind. While I generally agree with her and her first point is amusing (I hope she made it in the spirit of irony) there’s something to be said for chilling out about all classes. Dungeons are meant a place where people can gear up, right? Pure classes don’t have to perform N times as well as hybrids. Although it doesn’t hurt to bear in mind that the chareging kitty druid might be letting some steam off recently flamed bear fur.
What do you think – is the Insult-A-Tank craze a real problem or just hot air?
_Quote taken direct from the linked article. Spinksville’s homepage is here._
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