What’s With All the Trash About DKs?
I consider myself to be a pretty good tank on my Death Knight.
Sure, I’m not perfect. I forget to blow my Horn of Winter every two minutes, I get distracted from my task my shinies on the screen, and occasionally I don’t notice when someone else has aggro. Perhaps these point to a mediocre tank, and I am happy to admit that I heal much better than I tank. But! Even so, I’m not terrible. I don’t wear the wrong kind of gear, like this tank, who was wearing Hunter BoA gear:
I’ve got a nice set of tank plate gear (okay… So it’s the crafted Cobalt set, but so what? It’s still decent tank gear) and I’m getting better and better at my rotation and my awareness of the aggro levels for other party members.
But why must people judge me because of my class? It is just as likely for a Warrior, or a Paladin, or Feral Druid tank to be an awful tank, but do you see healers sighing and moaning, and DPS getting ready to be the tanks when they get grouped with them? I’ve had some pretty terrible tanks in the past (again, note the Warrior tank pictured above), but I don’t discriminate against a certain class because of their reputation. Twice, in one week, people have berated me for being a Death Knight tank.
The first time was when I was running Nexus. The run started out edgy; no one was receptive to my friendly ‘Hello,’ and there was little conversation among us as I began to pull. Soon I started getting comments, like ‘Pull this mob here’ or ‘Don’t pull those mobs right now.’ I was, honestly, very puzzled. Friendly advice is great, but giving it to a tank that hasn’t asked for it (and is doing just fine) is a little confusing.
We got past Telestra just fine, and I went to go pull the next mob that sits along the hallway. I, unfortunately, timed it incorrectly, and pulled the pat that also crosses into that area. We died a horrible grisly death (no thanks to the slow Shaman heals), and immediately the DPS were on me. Giving me advice on how to pull, telling me how to run the instance. It irritated me, these comments. I’d made a mistake, sure, but I had apologized, said that it was my fault, and that I would fix it. And it was my first mistake in the instance; when I’m on my 80’s, I only comment on the continuous strings of mistakes that some tanks/DPS/healers make.
So I told them that I had already run this instance (many… Many… Many times), and that I knew my way around just fine. So they didn’t need to continue their advice, because I was aware of what I needed to do.
“sorry but most dks are fail tanks”
That’s their only justification? Their only reason for pestering a tank that had been doing perfectly fine until one wipe, was that most Death Knights are bad tanks? Whatever happened to ‘grading’ a person’s skill by what they’re actually doing, as opposed to what their class is?
A couple of days later, I got Drak’Tharon Keep for the first time as a tank. First thing out of the healer’s mouth?
“ugh, squishy tank, lol”
Way to raise a tank’s morale, eh?
According to our Druid healer, I shouldn’t take her comment personally because “dk tanks are always squishy”. Our Warrior was already ready to tank the second I made a mistake, letting everyone know that “eh if it gets bad ill tank”.
Yeah, I went into that instance feeling really confident.
Luckily everything went pretty smoothly. The only problems we had were when it came to the room with the Aboms and evil Scourge that like to strip the health of the tank immediately, and then eat her bones for dessert. I wasn’t sure what their aggro range was, and I accidentally pulled one too many (then a DPS went and pulled one of the Aboms, but I won’t get into that). Immediately, the Warrior was asking if I had a DPS set so he could tank.
Alright. There’s no way that any “fail DKs” are ever going to learn how to tank well if groups in PuGs now a days are quick to condemn and replace. Giving advice on how to pull mobs isn’t going to help a tank that has problems with their rotation or specc, and just booting a tank from their position as tank to let someone else do it doesn’t help that tank learn the fights.
Can’t everyone just have a little bit of patience and faith, and actually give Death Knight tanks a chance? Just like with any other class, there are going to be bad Death Knights, and I mean bad. But don’t you want to give those of us who aren’t awful Death Knights a chance to shine and raise your hopes for our reviled class?
And as for Death Knights being particularly squishy compared to other classes… I, personally, have never run across that problem. Maybe I am spoiled by having a wonderful Death Knight tank at my disposal (kudos to WJRez), but from my experience with other DKs, if they’re so-called ‘squishy,’ there’s normally something else in the works that is making them thus, not just their class.