Originally Posted by shiz98
Your welcome! I wish everyone would try. I may not play as much as I actually work, but I still like to be good at what I do.
One thing I might suggest to you to practice tanking is to respec.
I've considered respeccing to work on the other aspects of the class, but this is entirely up to my spare gold. All of my characters are poor. My rogue and mage didn't have their regular epic mount until 66 each. My respec cost is 15G already, so I'm a bit worried about that. Though I have tanken to dealing ore and leather out, but it hasn't helped me much, since I use the materials to level Engineering/Blacksmithing/Leatherworking, respectively.
I've had to learn how to keep mitigation up so I don't die or cause my healers to have nervous meltdowns (which still happens on occasion)
I'm a bit undergeared at the moment. If I start trying to tank in other specs it will be after 40, when I get one of the instant attacks, and due to Blacksmithing, can switch right in to plate.
Also, I think I know the other classes fairly well, so I know what they CAN do, I just don't always see them do it. For instance: Real rogues don't use feint.
If you do run in to messy pulls and the like, part of being a good tank is realizing when you've "lost."
I think I have a pretty good concept of this, but I haven't had anyone die while actually at the keyboard yet, so hopefully I can learn this point slowly.
I've got enough group experience on my other characters to know what to really do. I DO have a hard time reminding my girlfriend NOT to run away if she has aggro. For some reason she can't get out of the kiting experience with her hunter.
Oh yeah, about Last Stand and Shield wall, and those types of abilities.
I haven't really been in a situation where these abilties have been necessary at all. The only time I blow my large cooldowns is usually with PvP. I can't tell you how many times I've popped Retalliation on a rogue that tries to gank me. (I'm not good at PvP, so I have to do what I have to.) But as far as instance play, I've not ran into a necessary situation just yet. That'll come with experience I'm sure.
Ding, level one post! Gratz!