I wouldn't say stupidly hard, more like just not stupidly easy.
Originally Posted by Theotherone
Also, here's a link to Maintankadin:
The most aspect of tanking in my experience is..... well, experience. Practice. There's a lot of little nuances to tanking which you won't find in any guide either, you can only learn them by just getting in there and tanking again and again. I would think Goros' friend is one of those very misinformed players who think that tanking is just putting on the right gear with a cookie-cutter spec and just doing it. There are tanks of all classes which think like this, though pallies tend to get away with it a bit more. Which means you're only delaying the inevitable and when you hit an instance that requires you to not be an idiot, things come crashing down hard.
H HoR is most certainly one of those instances.
So I would guess your friend probably needs practice more than anything, and a little guidance wouldn't hurt either.
As audacious as this might sound.... tell him to assemble a blue tank set. No epic gear, all blues. Or only a handful of epics at best (low-ish level ones too, iLevel 200-213). Get him to tank a few normal instances and heroics in that gear, without the support of his guild either. Straight up random PuGs. The main idea is to learn how to tank without getting over-reliant on his gear, and tanking for PuGs is to have him place more responsibility on himself rather than depending on people he knows. Tanking for idiots isn't the most fun experience out there, but there's no better training in my opinion. Doing so without using any form of crutch (gear, friends) is even better for you.
Experience is invaluable as a tank, even moreso than the gear. Ideally, anyone who wants to tank should start at level 20 with the Deadmines, Wailing Caverns and Shadowfang Keep. They should be tanking as they level up. After hitting level 80, they should be tanking to gear up as well. This is a bit of some old-school thinking (.... maybe), but there is a very good reason. Tanking isn't something you can learn in a day nor from reading a textbook.
You can learn about it from reading, but the only way you learn how it works is to just do it.
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