Druid Tank – Guest Post Contest!

April 24, 2009

Looking to Fill Druid Tank Position!

The Editor

The Editor

When we first began this precocious blog I had three bloggers: a Warrior Tank, a Paladin Tank, and a Druid Tank.

TGAPGeorge worked out okay, Lagom is good–but needs to get the lead out–and our Druid Tank did nothing.  Eventually I obliterated him from the site.

So to fill the vacant position, I’m organizing a Battle-Royale of Druid Tank bloggery where the last Tank standing will be lauded with praise, love slaves, mountains of loot, a pat on the back from me, and a permanent spot as the Druid Tank here at I’m Tanking What?!
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No One Said Being Good Is Easy – Part 1

April 3, 2009

Surazc – Death Knight Tank

Hello ITW community! I’ve been gone for a while because life has been hectic for me as of late with my relationship on the brink of collapse and a trip to Mexico for oral surgery. Such are the way things go with life and all its curveballs.


Prior to writing this article, I popped open an email sent to me from our omnipotent editor here at ITW detailing the fundamentals of running a successful blog. One of those said to NEVER be arrogant or claim yourself to be better than your readers. Keeping this in mind, I wrote the following:

I Am Better than You

An introduction to the dilemma of being better than most of your server

One of the things that irritates me more than anything else in the world are the people who I have to carry on my shoulders through a raid instance. I’ll be generous here and exempt heroics from this zone of objective anger… scratch that, no I won’t. Allow me to make a bold statement here:

This game is beyond easy.

So how in the world can you be bad at it? I understand lag can make you believe you are standing in the right place when in actuality are not; however, using lag as an excuse for jumping off the center ring in The Occulus is a bit absurd. Connection issues can be a pain at times but they don’t make you accidentally taunt Sartharion and kill your raid. The only explanation for anything of the two examples above boils down to either inattentiveness or a lack of player skill.

How about the healing paladin in my raids who dies to the Heigan dance every time without failure even though his latency is below 210ms at all times, or the tank I saw last night in the Eye of Eternity who complained at my moving Malygos around to prevent him from eating power sparks when he refused to attack them?

With the internet the way it is I would expect players to go onto some website (google.com, wowwiki.com, etc.) and learn about the fight’s basic principles before wading into a raid group and claiming they know what they are doing. Case in point: Achievements. With the way that the achievement system has been set up, I consistently watch people get into 10-man Malygos PuG runs by linking their achievement for the heroic version and then proceed to NOT KNOW PHASE THREE.

I do not understand how this, any of this, is possible.

Determined to find the answer I acted cordial (a difficult thing for me) towards one of the people in this EoE PuG run who died in phase three and asked what to do. His response was, “I don’t know, when I do this boss with my guild I always die.”


This guy made me so angry that I actually had to physically remove myself from my keyboard lest I enact my fail-safe plan to destroy the world and all its inhabitants. The raid leader for this EoE allowed someone who knew nothing about the instance into the run because he had the heroic achievement.


Coming up in Part 2, Surazc discusses PuGs while his finger caresses the edge of his “Deploy N. Korea” button.

ITW Efforts Update

March 30, 2009

TGAPGeorge – Warrior Tank

I didn’t think it could happen, not to us anyway. I’ve seen even the best bloggers laid low for periods of time by RL, their RSS feeders sitting blank and impotent. Well, damn it if it didn’t happen to us.

Both Lagom and I, in a simultaneous yet coincidental way, moved. He is still working out East or West coast, while I only moved twenty miles into Fort Worth, Texas proper. However, I moved not just myself, but also my sister — in a similar short move — AND my uncle. But my uncle decided to go from Texas to Washington D.C. And guess who drove the truck? I did it in 30 hours all by myself. I was shooting for 24, but… plans change. I did manage to twitter the entire way so if you’re interested, you can follow my journey.

And Surazc? Well, the less said about that mystery shrouded in a fiery — yet black as midnight — enigma the better. All I could do was assume that when he said he was busy, it meant that plans for world domination were at a crucial juncture, demon-imp minions were wailing, and we’d all be subject to a new “Kid n’ Play” movie sometime this summer. Though he did say he would have more of his fine blog entries later this week.

We’re also working on getting our own I’m Tanking What?! website up and running. We’ve run into difficulties, but we shall overcome. And hopefully soon at that.

It’s been a great year here at ITW and it looks like it’s going to get better.

Thanks for reading, you beautiful, intelligent, insightful people. More to come soon.