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2009 WoW Year in Review

I might not post all that much, but I like to keep this thing around for longer wow thoughts than twitter can allow! Just as my favorite wow blogs do it… like Rhidach at Righteous Defense & Honor’s Hammer at Honor’s Code!

1. What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?

It was a big year for me. I had been a very casual on and off leveler here and there over the last three years and finally achieved a main at the level cap. Then I joined a big guild and was basically discovered as a new tank, and fell in love with raiding, both 10 and 25 man. Now I find myself a daily wow player, a 5 time a week raider, a cotank for a big guild, and a very serious raider and pretty active member of the greater wow community.

2. What was your favorite new place that you visited?

Since I came back to wow after a break, all of Northrend/WOTLK was new for me this year.

Don’t laugh, but… My favorite new place was without a doubt the DK starting area and the starting quests. I know this is old news to the experts, but my first time playing through these was an absolutely epic experience. Blizzard did a truly amazing job using the mechanics of the existing game and creating new mechanics such as the phasing to completely engross the player in both the storyline and the gameplay.

For an example, I remember the quest (one of the many quests) where you have to go around murdering fleeing, helpless villagers. The mechanics of the game, which I had used for years to mindlessly kill mobs around my level which hit back, took on a whole new aspect when I was doing my rotation on fleeing villagers way below my level. It wasn’t just the text I was reading that made me feel like a terrible person for doing this quest- blizz took advantage of the ‘feel’ of an encounter with a mob, and twisted it, to make the player really feel like a murderous, merciless killer.

I played through these starting quests 3 times in the span of one month because I enjoyed them so much. Yep…

3. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

Halleigh dual-specced tank.

I have kept Halleigh’s ret spec on because she has some fab offspec gear and because I really, really enjoy being ret sometimes. I love learning what an encounter is like for melee DPS because I find it really improves my tanking, and it’s interesting and different! And, my 10m still hits the occasional one-tank encounter. I am ret for FC in Coliseum (10, 25, and 10H), ret for Vezax and Hodir when we go back into Ulduar, and ret while we work on Firefighter.

But I really want Halleigh dual-specced tank. I crave that SoComm “heroics/trash” tanking spec I keep hearing about.

I am hoping that once my DK is 80 (she’s 78!) and I’ve geared her for a few weeks, I can get my melee fix on her and switch Halleigh’s second spec to an alternate tanking spec.

I’m also hoping that my guild quits hitting one-tank fights. Blizz has said they are going to shy away from designing any more, so that’s a good sign. Two tank fights on every encounter, please!

4. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

All of my achievements this year were big seeing as it was my first wow year.

Personal best: becoming a part of the 10m hard modes raid on a weekly basis. Hello favorite part of the week!

Guild best: Anub’arak 10H kill!!!!!! I actually screamed when we did this. It was a personal victory for me because tanking those stupid adds isn’t easy! And I got a pretty piece of loot (Heroic Crusader’s Glory) as a reward, too.

5. What was your biggest failure?

Oh, anything involving the 25 man.

Hitting ToGC just a week or two ago and finding ourselves short 20% of the DPS needed to get through the first beasts before the second ones spawn was a low point. I know we’re a casual guild, but there are some inexcusably well geared players who just don’t feel like contributing anything besides a wasted raid spot.

6. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

10 man hard mode raids!

7. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Stress about raiding.

I take positions of responsibility pretty seriously. And when I was newer and less experienced, I used to stress out so much about raids. I was terrified of screwing something up.

On nights when we were going to hit ToC, I would drive home from work and my heart would be beating fast, and I’d be thinking about what I had to do and what I might mess up. I would get so stressed out and so paniced. I stress out just as much now, but I panic much less now, even when we go new places.

Getting home from work at 7:15 constantly, and either skipping dinner or being late for raid invites (or both) was also not great. I wish my guild raided an hour later.

8. What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?

Avenging Wrathy. I love his blog.

9. Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.

Everything I have learned is a valuable lesson. :)

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Wiping, Whining, and Selfishness

Some thoughts on wiping and whining.

My guild’s 25 man raid attempted to hit OS+3 last week and it was a shitshow. Many wipes. Many, many wipes. We can down Anub, but we are no match for bosses like Flame Walls and Void Zones.

There was a ton of bitching and moaning. Why didn’t we do OS+2? (We downed OS+2 without too much trouble a few weeks ago). Well, because even OS+0 wouldn’t have happened with those kinds of mistakes.

One particular raider was really adamant that we should go to Maly. He was personally offended that we “wasted time” in OS+3 when we could have gone to Maly and proceeded to complain about it very vocally after the fact.

COME ON.

I just have no patience at all for this kind of behavior.

  1. No one cared about Maly except him (which became clear later when everyone else got so frustrated at the sheer volume of his whining that we all started joking about it in guild chat).
  2. The officers decide where we go. IT’S NOT YOUR CALL.
  3. Whining about it incessantly after the fact doesn’t do anything except piss everyone off.

It was the way things were phrased. I would have said, “I wish we could go do Maly 25 because I have a quest for it. Oh, no one wants to go? OK.”

Not “Why did we waste all that time in OS+3 when people need Maly?” Whine whine whine.

Maybe it’s because I play a tank. The entire mindset behind my play is what’s best for the raid – taking care of the rest of the raid – doing what needs to be done for the benefit of the group, not for my own numbers on recount or gear score. Tanks can’t be selfish. Tanks can’t have tunnel vision. Just by nature of the role we play in the game, we are always thinking about the big picture.

So the little people who clearly have a worldview centered on themselves and only themselves – who are personally offended and nasty when things don’t go their way, and who assume blindly that everyone else agrees with them without giving a crap about other peoples’ opinions – I just can’t deal with that.

I’m glad I’m not an officer. I wouldn’t put up with it.

What kind of an attitude is that? Why are you raiding with 24 other people if you don’t care about anyone but yourself?

Just frustrated.

Being a New Tank

Tanking is a tough job. It is a high-stress, high-responsibility position that demands a great deal of maturity and focus, regardless of whether you’re pugging 5 man dungeons or 25 man raids. Your group depends on you to begin, position, and keep control of every pull from the stupidest trash to the hardest boss. Your mistakes are the easiest to see and arguably the hardest to recover from. This is true of healing too, but tanking has the added complication of leadership – even if you’re not leading the group or raid, your pulling sets the pace for the entire encounter and you have the most control over precisely what is going on around you. Good tanks are good leaders even when they don’t have to say a thing.

Anyways, tanking is hard. It’s not the kind of thing you want to jump into right when you first hit 80 and decide you want to see the inside of some dungeons – so I look back and wonder what the hell kind of crazy I was smoking when I decided to do precisely that! With no experience whatsoever! My first 80! What was I thinking?!

I know what I was thinking: “My pally is 80! Whoo hoo! Prot is fun, Ret is boring, and I’m too poor to dual spec. So I’ll stay prot! That makes me a tank? Hmm? Well it sounds cool, I’ll give it a shot!”

Geez. I had no idea what I was getting into. I’m not someone who is satisfied with being bad or new at something. And I quickly realized that tanking was HARD, and not only was it hard, but it was stressful. I hate screwing up. And I did. Lots.

You might laugh now to think about someone being scared of going to Naxx 10 or H Nexus. But I was! I was terrified! I didn’t want to be “that noob”. Noob DPS can be carried… but a noob tank can ruin someone’s heroic daily. My best friend, a mage, was perfectly happy to pug heroics the moment he hit 80. I was not – I was terrified of screwing things up for some poor PUG who got stuck with the new tank. I was very cautious about learning, I ran heroics with healers I knew and friends on vent, I did obsessive amounts of research, and I picked apart my every mistake. My friends sometimes despaired of me when I criticized myself, and still do.

But the more I learned about tanking, the more I fell in love with it. I’m one of those people that has the most fun in precisely that high-stress high-responsibility position, and the harder something is, the more I enjoy it. I’m pretty crazy like that. I think most of the tanks I know are like that, too.

I guess my obsessive determination paid off. I gained a reputation – way faster than I ever expected – as a pretty reliable tank and a fast learner. I joined a totally awesome guild filled with nice mature people, and now I offtank 25 man content during the week and 10 man content on weekends.

So that’s my story. I’m a pretty new tank – I’m still learning a lot of the content I’m expected to know. I don’t have experience with pre-WOTLK content. I haven’t been raiding for very long. Hell, I skipped a lot of Naxx and went straight to Ulduar and TOC. But I’m confident in my ability to learn fast and figure things out reliably, and that keeps me competitive with tanks who’ve been around a ton longer than I have.

So that’s my story. New tank :) It’s a terrifying thought… new tank… but that’s what I am, and I’m pretty good at it!

Who Am I?!

Hello readers! I post under the nickname Anafielle, and I play a Protection Paladin on a US EST server. I currently tank 25 man raids three times a week and 10 man content here and there. My offspec is sometimes ret, sometimes holy, but I am first and foremost a tank and rarely do anything else.

My History in Wow

I’ll be honest. I’m a pretty new tank, and you can read about that here. I consider myself still rather inexperienced compared to the vast majority of tanks (and wow players) out there, and I learn new things every day. So if you’re an experienced tank, please comment and tell me if you think I’m doing something wrong! :) As for the new tanks, maybe my experiences will help you learn too! :)

I’m Posting Guides?! What am I Thinking?!

I will be posting some guides. Not because I think I know everything – I sure don’t – but I was in the “new tank OMG!” position pretty recently. I remember doing so much research! I remember all the questions I had. I remember the mistakes I made. I still have a lot of the information my tank mentors sent me. So I figured I would throw it all into the blog so that other new tanks might find my guides and find them helpful! Please comment if you think something is wrong. :)

Why A Blog?

I started this blog because, well, I need something wow-related to do during the day. My day job is in fashion & marketing. I love it, but sometimes I just need to think about video games for a while.

Honestly, a girl can only write about shoes for so long before she starts to think about tonight’s raid. Right? Right?! (Alright, maybe that’s just me.)

Contact Me

I hesitate to put my WOW information up here so I can be as candid as I want. But you can always email me at eisandine at gmail dot com.


About The Author

Tankadin Errant is a blog written by Anafielle, a paladin tank on Drenden - US Alliance side. (Armory)

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