Today’s guest poster is Tyaera, a Protection Paladin on the Dath’Remar server. Tyaera feels paladins just need a chance to prove their abilities when tanking end game bosses. Read on..
Being a paladin tank is kind of like wanting to push a square peg into a round hole. Quite often, before I joined my current guild, this is what I’d hear. “I can tank this boss!” “paladins can’t tank this boss because of X!” “[insert long diatribe about exactly why X reason is totally invalid, including an in-depth gear analysis and comparison as to why you are able to tank it]”. “….yeah ok. [warrior name], you’re tanking”.
I read all of the theorycrafting (well, ok, not ALL of it, there’s enough theorycrafting out there to supply a small African nation with scrap paper for about thirty six years, but I read a lot), I compared pieces of gear endlessly. While I was still buying badge gear, it wasn’t uncommon to find me sitting in front of the badge vendor for about an hour, comparing two pieces of gear, to find out which one was the best, no matter the tiny margin of difference. I put in as absolutely much effort as I could to maximize my potential.
Sorry, only warriors tank raid bosses.
Half of a paladin tank’s struggle is to learn to tank. Learn what uncrushable means. Learn what uncrittable means. Tank as much as you can so that you can become a good TANK as well as a good paladin tank. There are a lot of skills essential to being a good tank that are not paladin-specific!
The other half of the struggle is to be allowed to tank. And when I say allowed to tank, I don’t mean, brought to Zul’Aman to tank Jan’alai hawks. I don’t mean brought to Karazhan off nights to speed up the trash. I don’t mean brought to SSC to tank Tidewalker’s adds, then subbed out. I mean to be allowed to tank on an equal level to warriors.
A lot of paladins fall into the trap of talenting into Holy, “just for tonight”. Tonight turns into two nights. Then a week. Then a month. Before you know it, you’re the paladin holy class leader and you still haven’t tanked anything. You might be being tossed tanking pieces every now and then but you’re still not going to be tanking anything.
The best advice I can give is to find yourself a pocket healer. Take them on a 5man instance run. Show them how much easier and quicker an instance is with you than anyone else they’ve run with, and show them that you’re skilled. They’ll want to come again. Then you can start bringing smart DPSers. They’ll appreciate you too. By the time it comes time for raid invites, if you’re not in the group and tanking, people will start asking, hey, why doesn’t [Pallytank] ever tank anything?
A personal example is when our guild was making Leotheras the Blind attempts. Our prot warrior was having a huge amount of trouble picking up Leo after whirlwinds, and someone said “well why don’t we get Ty to tank him, he can use his shield to pick up Leo”, and everyone agreed, so I did.
They will get you accepted without you having to say a word. They’ll speak up for you.
And that’s the best kind of success.