Tanks but No Tanks
I love tanking. I enjoy the challenge and although some may argue that it isn’t a very rewarding venture, I find it quite satisfying. I’m not sure where the following quote originated but I’ve seen it quite a few times on multiple paladin forums and I think it describes the role in a classy (and cheesy) way:
My comrades are my weapons, and I am their shield.
While I draw breath, they shall not perish.
So long as they live, our enemies will fall.
I am defender, protector, guardian.
I am a Paladin.
Yes there are some caveats, soloing is one of them. My lousy dps and extended downtime make solo grinding unbearable. Unless of course I’m doing this:
The other issue I have is that I’m often called upon by others to tank this or that instance and while i’d love to be able to help everyone out (seriously I hate to disappoint even complete strangers and especially fellow guildmates), I just find that I don’t have the time. Weeknights are either spent raiding, preparing for said raiding, or doing dailies (i’d like to have an epic roflcopter one of these days not to mention the steep cost of pots and repair bills). I can get on about twice during the day on weekends while Jon 3.0 goes down for his nap(s), but I don’t commit to anything because when he wakes up and yell’s “daddy!”, the group I’m in is going to be down a tank.
The underlying problem here is that there aren’t enough tanks to go around. We are a rare commodity even with 3 viable tank-capable classes. In the solo-centric pre-endgame of WoW, speccing as tank is just an exercise in masochism. I know that the fact that I reside on a PVP Server doesn’t really help matters, but I really believe that if I were to mosey on over to a PVE or even a RP-PVE realm, that I’d still see the LFG and trade channels lit up w/ LF1M tank for XX then GTG.
Blizzard is clearly aware of this and is developing an entirely new class to try to fill the void. I just hope that they implement the Death Knight in such a way that it doesn’t penalize you for making the choice to roll any of the other tanking classes.They’ve claimed that the DK will be a tank/dps hybrid that uses a zwei-hander instead of sword and board. As long as they retain the solid balance that we currently have between warriors, paladins and druids with the implementation of the Death Knght then there shouldn’t be any issue. If you make the DK too strong as a tank then our other tanks will lose popularity, make them too weak and we’ll be in the same boat we’re in now as people will prefer to spec for dps.
Honestly, I just want an effective way to provide high dps while our talents are tied up in the tanking tree (WTB catform imo).