Funny thing I’ve noticed while running in all these Heroic PUGs lately.
I’ve done a bunch as the tank, and a bunch as a tree, and I have yet to meet one single Bear tank in a PUG. They’ve all been Paladins, Warriors and Death Knights.
And a humorless bunch of sods, at that.
The folks I know that I’ve played with that HAVE played Bear tanks… well, they tend to be a bit more bouncy, a bit more lighthearted in my experience.
Perhaps it comes from playing a class that is less about looking like you got caught in an explosion at a cheese grater factory, and more about becoming one with nature… assuming, of course, that our version of Mother Nature is a bit of a cranky bitch towards those evil, demony and undead types.
Or perhaps it’s all a bit more fundamental than that.
Perhaps true Bear Tanking Attitude comes from the simple fact that, of all the classes in the game that can tank, we are the only ones that “go commando” into battle, waving our mighty wang in the enemies’ face and screaming “I’ve got a great big tonker and there ain’t a damn thing you can do about it!”
Of course, the ladies amongst us Bear tanking types have their own style of doing things… but I think it can safely be said that at the very least, they are still used to tanking sans big metal tanky pointy bits, wearing nothing but fur and a pointy-toothed smile.
It must be quite emasculating for the other tanks, don’t you think? No wonder they seem so dour.
In conclusion, I’ll share with you this rousing piece of artwork from Tesh that captures the very essence of Bear Tankatude for me.
This image is courtesy of the incredibly hard work, as I said, of Tesh, master of the blog Tish Tosh Tesh, a websight I enjoy for the wonderful metagaming and game design consideration discussions Tesh often holds there. When I mentioned earlier this year that I’d love a nice whimsical image to do up as a nice picture that I can wear proudly on a shirt for Christmas, he stepped right into the fray with this beautiful offering.
If you’d like to see more of this brilliant artists’ work, why not head over to the Art Portfolio section of his blog and check it out?