Our guild is currently in that no-man’s-land of numbers. We have too many raiders to do 10-mans without people feeling left out. We don’t have enough for 25-mans or even two 10-man teams. The raid leaders are unhappy when they have to choose who gets to raid and who doesn’t. The players are unhappy when they are uncertain from week to week if they will get to raid.
To address this, we’ve decided to make two raid teams anyway. To make this work, a few people will have to do double-duty and raid with both teams on different toons. That means we need several players in the guild who have multiple well-geared characters.
With that in mind, I quickly finished leveling my paladin to 80. I leveled as a shockadin, which was a lot of fun. It played like a mage with plate armor and infinite mana. Shame it can’t break 2k dps, so I can’t raid in that spec. I still have that as my off-spec for soloing and doing dailies.
Once at 80, I switched to a prot spec. I grabbed some tanking plate off of the AH. Finished leveling my engineering and made the Armored Titanium Goggles.
With 493 defense (not even close to def capped), 24k health, no enchants, blue and green quest gear, and one epic helm, I started tanking heroics.
It was… easy. I quickly got the hang of the 969 rotation from the maintankadin site. The tankadin rotation plus a rogue with TotT generates such a massive amount of threat that I held aggro even with ToC 10-geared dps in my runs. Ardent Defender was there to keep me alive when I took a crit or two.
It helps that our guild has awesome healers.
I have now tanked heroics up to 5-man ToC heroic. I’ve gained enough emblems to buy the T8.5 chest and grabbed a couple more epics along the way. I’m still not def capped, but as soon as that happens I’ll be jumping into Naxx and Ulduar to get some real tanking under my belt.
Tanking was fun – more fun that I remember when I used this character to tank Karazhan. Back in BC tanking was stressful for me. It felt like generating threat was difficult and a slight error would be costly. Now it seems smoother, easier. I feel like I have room for error, and the threat generation is through the roof.
I have no intention of giving up my rogue. However, once my paladin is geared up I will have three characters at Naxx25 level gear or better – a tank (paladin), a priest (healer), and a rogue (dps). That versatility will really help us put together our guild raids until we have enough members to get back to 25-man raiding.