You’re gonna love this.
I like to think that I’m careful… that I arm myself with that most powerful of weapons before taking planned action.
No, not a Holy Hand Grenade, I’m talking about information.
I research. I study the how and the who and the what, but I place prime importance on the why.
When I set out to tank as a Paladin, I went out and looked for resources. I was already armed with a fundamental understanding of Defense and Weapon Skill and how group threat works and all that kind of jazz. It was the nuts and bolts of Paladin threat mechanics I needed to complete the picture.
Well, it turns out that all the research in the world ain’t gonna help you if you’re a dumbass.
Now, that may seem harsh.
Hold judgment for a moment here, shall we?
(See what I did dere?)
See, I worked with Cassie, and it is work, on a brand new initiative Sidhe Devils is launching to bring fun for all levels back to the forefront.
Doing that, plus work, plus real life, meant zip time for, well, you know… playing.
I had about an hour last night, and then off to bed.
I figure, an hour… maybe, just possibly, I can pop into hordieland and pug a Coren Direbrew gankfest for the crit trinket, or maybe pug a regular ToC and see if my tanking pants finally drop.
I entered LFG as a DPS with interest in regular ToC, and then checked out my gear.
Looking pretty good, looking pretty fine.
Why the hell on the second of the two heroics I ran, Utgardt Keep, did I keep having people pulling off of me?
I ran a Heroic ToC as tank and we kicked ass… and an hour later, I went in as tank with a different crew in Heroic Utgardt Keep and it was damn near a wipefest. I was working my butt off holding aggro, and I have to say, at the end of it I was doing okay, but it felt pretty shaky. Holding aggro with two well geared Warlocks and a Ret Pally was very, very hard for me.
Clearly, grasshopper, you’re doing something wrong.
All those other things like the single target taunt, multiple target taunt off a team member, Avengers Shield, all that jazz? Check.
Mana stuffs? Check.
Heck, using Ret Aura instead of Devotion? Check, even.
Hmm, damn, does my gear suck that bad? It’s almost all epics!
No, shoot, it looks great to me.
I must just seriously suck.
At that point, I get an invite for a regular ToC. “Can you tank?”
Oh what the heck.
I then take another glance at my gear, and notice that I DO have my new dodge rating trinket from Coren Direbrew equipped, but I DON’T have the “on use” function mapped to a macro yet.
I decide to hook it to Consecrate (since I flip between different Judgments), so it goes off whenever it’s off cooldown when I use Consecrate, and when is there going to be a time when I don’t want to use Consecrate?
And as I do so, I do the normal lazy man’s macro method.
I copy a previous “on use” macro tied to a spell, something from my Priest I think, and then clear out the name of the old item, open my inventory paperdoll and click the item to have it’s name automatically entered into the macro, then clear out the name of my old spell, and open my spellbook to click on the spell and have THAT name automatically entered in.
As I leaf through my spellbook, a certain jarring note of discordance tingles in my mind.
The spell I moused over on my button bar was Consecrate Rank 4…
The one in my spellbook goes up to, like, 8 or 9.
Oh no freaking way.
I start mousing over the spells on my button bar for my tanking spec, and comparing them to the ones in my spellbook.
Wow, I must really rock, being able to almost hold threat using level 50 spells, huh?
Oh yeah, that’s right, baby.
Good old master Big Bear Butt went and tanked heroics in group without having the most current, within 30 levels, ranks of spells on his button bar.
A word to those of you who do not wish to be a dumbass like me.
If you dual spec very early, and you have a damage dealing leveling spec as your main, and an infrequently used spec like healing or tanking as your second (or a PvP spec as your second), and you do not ever actually DING on that second spec…
Your second spec’s button bars do NOT automatically update to the most recent spell like the active spec.
Now, why does this make me a dumbass?
Because I bloody well KNEW that!
But no, I went dual spec the first chance it was available on my Paladin, and I never, ever let the thought cross my mind that the spells I put on there were the same ranks as the day I started the spec.
Yep, changed things around, went through and updated, went in and tanked that regular ToC, and the group was so delighted that we went in and blew it apart a second time, in less time than it takes to eat a good waffle.
Had a crew with insane DPS just trying for those rarely seen items like the Black Heart that never seems to drop, and we had no problems whatsoever.
I did get my new pants. 🙂
Seriously, that’s just lame.
Oh, and FYI before anyone mentions it… you do not need to have the spell rank listed in the macro, if you just use the spell name, it automatically casts the highest level one.
Just wow. Makes me glad I waited to dual spec my Druid until after I’d been 80 for 6 months. No chance I didn’t have the max level spells on that one.
That would have been really embarassing.
Not as embarassing as Mannyac on his Hunter, though.
I’ll never forget the day I was chatting with him about his then level 56 Hunter, back when there was no Burning Crusade, just vanilla WoW.
He was complaining about how hard it was for Kortenharig as Beastmaster to fight mobs without pulling aggro off his pet kitty.
I asked him if he’d gone out and tamed the critters with the highest rank of Claw so his pet was doing more damage.
His response was, if I remember, something on the order of “There are different ranks of pet skills?”
He was still using his one and only pet, the kitty he tamed in Dun Morogh at level 10.
With level 10 skills.
Yeah, that makes me feel better every time.