Need Pally Tanking Advice
In short the name says it all....I'm a fail tank. So I'm here for advice and to learn. My main spec is holy and I do just fine there. I'm raid experienced and have an 80 priest (some healing, mostly dps) and an 80 mage. I've been around since right after WotLK, started a few days after it came out, but did take about a 6 month break earlier this year. I enjoy healing and dps and wanted to try tanking. I've been collecting tank gear using emblems (now JP) and while the gear is not fully gemmed yet, I'm getting there. I've done a lot of reading on equipment, gems and stats for 4.0.1 and I feel pretty comfortable in that area. My biggest problem is that I seem to know how to play from a ranged perspective and not a melee perspective. I have a lev 66 DK I've been playing around with dps wise also, which is also not going as well as I'd like.
Yesterday I tried to tank H Nexus. The gear I have (all 200 and above) should be fine for this instance I'd think. My biggest problem seems to be that when I get into a group of mobs I cant seem to keep all of them targeted and I end up losing aggro. Then the mobs start running around all over the place and it seems I'm running around gathering them up and I have no idea on who is taking damage from what. At this point I'm pretty much blindly hitting anything I can see. Pretty sad, I know....you can laugh, its ok, I dont mind. Anonmalus was disaster and the healer died. I apologized and told them I'd drop group so they could get a better tank.
So what I'm wondering is if there is an add on that can help with this. I tried tauntmaster, but I could never seem to get it to work. Tried reinstalling, configuring till I was blue, etc. But in the heat of battle I'd click....and nothing happened. So I gave up on that. Or maybe some key bindings or macros I should be using? I dont know. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
Need Pally Tanking Advice
Surprised nobody has mentioned this but I think the best tanking addon is Tidy Plates. Once you have that, get the plugin fir it called Threat Plates. It is configured by default but you can customize it to your liking for scale, color, etc. What it does is change the size and color (even dtransparency) of mob name plates based on your threat level. Amazing for finding the add you are about to lose threat on before you actually do. Works great for dps also to help know when to back off a little.
My personal trick is to also use my healing addon (VuhDo for me) for tanking also. I have it configured to show marks for threat so I know who pulled off me as well as click cast things like righteous defense or intervene.
Outside of that, learning the pulls and your rotation are the best medicine. When you can tank without thinking about which button to press, it allows you to focus much better on what is happening around you.