Last night I was in a heroic instance, trying to complete the quests from A’dal to get my “Champion of the Naaru” title.
We’ve pulled to the first boss, and its been slow going. DPS is continually pulling the mobs off of the tank and getting one-shotted. At first I suspect it is just because we outgear the tank. But even when we are trying to be careful about threat, its a problem.
Now, I have never played a warrior, so there is not much that I know about the way they tank. But I do know that Shield Slam is one of their high-threat attacks. In between pulls I quickly pull open my Recount and look at the warrior’s attacks… no Shield Slams.
Trying to be diplomatic, I whisper to the tank that perhaps he should use Shield Slam more. The tank responds that he has been using it every time it is up. Hmmm.
We finish off the first boss and are pulling to the next when I suddenly get a vague memory from a past study of tanking abilities. I pull up Recount again and scroll down… and there it is. The tank has been using Shield Bash.
I very politely point out to the tank that perhaps he is mixing up his abilities. There is a pause. Then a whisper in return… “Wow, you’re right! I’ve been using Shield Bash the whole time I’ve been tanking.” That is – not just today, but always.
Now this is a warrior who has main tanked Karazhan. An experienced player. This is not someone who bought their toon on eBay. How can this happen?
Its easy for someone to shout “he’s a noob!” and be condescending without thinking about the cause of the problem. Those names really sound a lot alike. I think its a fairly easy mistake to make. Also, this is not the first time that I have seen or heard of a warrior mixing up those abilities.
In the end, the tank was embarrassed but happy that I had pointed it out. Since he was already able to MT raids, his tanking is only going to get better now. I’m glad, because pointing out someone’s error is touchy and can easily be taken as an insult.
So if anyone is playing a warrior in the beta, maybe you can drop a comment or suggestion that the names might be changed so they are not so similar.