Recently one of our Warriors asked me if I would join her and a Mage in an instance run so that she could learn to tank. She’s always been spec’d for it, but has gotten to 74 simply through questing with said Mage. I agreed and when she then tossed lead to me, I realized this was a ship that needed to be righted.
First thing I did was give lead back and point out this was her group, not mine. She also needed to learn how to mark. Since this was a lesson, we weren’t going to be cracking Northrend heads. We were destined for something a bit easier: Outland.
After we bounced through Crypts, with a Tankadin healing (her husband or this wouldn’t have happened), I convinced my fiancee to bring her Hunter and we’d go beat on Kael’Thas in his Terrace. This turned out to be one of my worst ideas ever.
The Warrior, learned well. She didn’t always mark saps and sheep, but she was getting the hang of it. She also did a decent job of building and holding aggro, even with my Rogue being six levels higher. However, we wiped three times. There is a simple explanation for each wipe:
-on Kael’Thas, I forgot he does Flamestrike. The Warrior and I dropped like a sack of bricks from not paying attention to it.
-in the courtyard, the Warrior walked right in and aggro’d 4 full mob groups. We were simply outnumbered.
In the other case, and several other near wipes, we have our Mage to thank for that. She casts Blizzard every chance she can. Doesn’t matter if it’s one mob or four, or the start or end of a battle. The term “elite” is lost on her and she is an aggro magnet. I tried telling her to stop and she simply says “who, me? I’m innocent.”
It made matters worse because the tank felt she was doing a bad job because she couldn’t hold the aggro. I explained that while she needed a higher defense rating (387 at time of run) and less crit, she was otherwise pretty good. She was a tank wearing dps, but the run was about getting a feel for how to do things. I explained to her that her tanking wasn’t that bad, but the Mage has no idea how to dps in an instance (God forbid a raid). Until she could learn (or listen), she would always draw aggro off the tank.
The good news, is that we did take down Kael’Thas on our second try. The even better news, was the drop he left behind that I snagged high roll on:
This was the one pet I wanted for Siori, and the fact that I got it made up for an otherwise painful experience.