Ah, one last blast from the past.
We scheduled a Karazhan last night, a mid-week run since Friday is another Zul’Aman clear, and then it’s expansion time.
To my surprise, the Karazhan run filled up on the calander fairly quick.
Perhaps it was due to our stated intention to, oh, I dunno… have a Moonkin for main tank.
That’s right, as discussed on the WoW Insider radio show last weekend (at least I think we discussed it on the show, I’m pretty sure we did) I asked Nasirah if she felt like trying something new, main tanking as a Moonkin.
She had made a forum post a while back saying she wanted to give Moonkin tanking a try, so what better time than now?
Well, last night we enjoyed the frantic fun of a Moonkin main tanking abnd solo pulling whenever possible.
We did the trash to Attumen, Attumen himself, the trash to Moroes, Moroes himself (with a Feral Druid off-tank), and Prince whatsisface the Blood Elf fashion plate with Nasirah Main Tanking.
It was a lot of fun, and a lot of craziness.
I’ll be honest, we had quite a few deaths along the way, but I have to say; I think our deaths were more due to people leaving their comfort zone and having to react to familiar situations in unfamiliar ways than anything else.
I think I’ve got some support on that, from the fact that after Mirkblood, who was still available to be pounded on last night, we changed over to two Feral Druids as tanks, Elysse and Coralin, and they tanked the rest of the night, and we were still acting goofy and pulling early and sending pets off into the unknown like we had never seen the inside of a Raid before.
It wasn’t until we got to Maiden that folks calmed down.
Oh yeah, and we did do a full clear of Karazhan. Nightbane, Netherspite, Prince, seasonal boss, the whole shebang.
I was sad to do it, because we were having fun, but after the seasonal boss went down I looked at the clock, and decided that if we were going to see Prince before midnight, we needed to change up tankage to a chain pull situation. So I asked Nasirah to let Elysse take over as Main Tank.
She was doing so well, too. Our only obstacle was time.
We didn’t have a single Priest on the run, in fact we didn’t change our lineup all night so there wasn’t a Shackle thrown down at all. It didn’t matter. And from the sounds of things, people enjoyed having there be a big element of risk to the reward.
Okay, we did have three Hunters. It wasn’t like we were lacking for Misdirects or firepower last night.
It wasn’t as badas it could have been, having someone else tank instead of Nas. If we had one of our more experienced Karazhan tanks, it would have been a harder decision, but instead Elysse got her first chance to main tank Nightbane, to once again be the first main tank leading the way on Netherspite, and enjoyed her first shot (and a successful one!) as main tank on Prince.
And may I say that both Nasirah and Elysse did a wonderful job.
It was definitely fun to shake things up. Nasirah put out some awesome threat doing straight DPS, and on Moroes she just kicked butt.
On Moroes, I kept a close eye on the threat meter, and it was clear that she was having no trouble whatsoever establishing and holding threat on Moroes with a Feral Tank as off tank on him.
If there were any real issues, it would have to be my assumption that folks would, at this point in the raid game, just automagically know that, unlike a Paladin tank, you actually have to let the person tanking get in some shots before you just open up and unload your big crits.
We had quite a few single person deaths along the way from prematurely pulling aggro… but at the same time, we had a lot of ‘Hey, we lived’ moments when aggro was pulled, and people just hunkered down and tanked harder, shot faster, and healed more frenetically.
So, many congratulations to Nasirah for successfully main tanking the seasonal boss… not too many tanks can claim that honor before he’s gone.
I’m very sure Nas gained a new perspective on the joys of tanking last night.
Who knows, maybe she’ll respec Feral and start competing with the others to lead the raids?
Yeah… yeah, I didn’t think so either.
Oh, and the award for best “Famous Last Words” moment has to go to Squirrelz on his Hunter… who, minutes after stating in Ventrilo “At least I never pulled an Elite group”… pulled an Elite group.
I had to hold my sides, I was laughing so hard.
Grats folks! A heck of a fun time. Next time, I’d say we give Nasirah more time and tank a lot more… but at this point, there might not be a ‘next time’, so we’ll see, won’t we?