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i generally give blizzard fairly wide berth in its blue posts, but that comment 'be nice to your tanks' sounds really flippant and glib
i DON'T think that players can be told how to behave on WoW, and as a tank, I don't want mommy and daddy Blizzard telling my bully-dps sibblings to stop bullying me, because i know that won't make them stop, i need mommy and daddy blizz to FORCE my bully-dps siblings to be nicer to me. If they won't intervene, no one will.
(yeah I know, it's a really stupid analogy... don't hold me to it)
When someone asks you if you're a god, YOU SAY 'YES'!
Raiding was never intended to be as easy as it is in LFR. They simply created a much more casual approach to their raid bosses to please people like you who feel entitled to "see everything because I pay $15 a month too!"
To make the LFR bosses any less difficult would be to effectively turn the bosses into target dummies / loot pinatas.
Wiping is part of the game weather you like it or not. And if you are too inconvenienced by wiping a few times on content that is already tuned so the lowest common denominator can kill it and get loot, then maybe you should stick to flex / normal.
TL;DR Stop complaining about LFR. It is what it is, and they should not decrease the difficulty just to please entitled players who feel wiping shouldn't exist in this game.
And thus you attract the kind of player that feel entitled to free loot and no wiping/challenge. They should have made LFR much harder than it is, that way dps and healers couldn't get away with afk-ing. But that is what the system is like atm, so tanks have to deal with being targeted for blame since it is really easy to point out when a tank is failing.
The immediate taking up of arms here by dps and healers shows that 1) this statement is right, 2) just how far the MMOC community has degraded. The official forums are nicer and more understanding these days.
For the record I'm a tank. I've played a tank since I started in Vanilla, I've run/co-run mutliple guilds and countless raid groups. I know how the game works, I know how to play my class and have at least a working understanding of your class in a raid. I currently have a mix of Flex, normal and warforged gear, as well as my capes/metas. If I que up as a tank, I know the fight, If i don't know the fight I don't que up. I'll go watch a video and then try it as DPS in LFR first to see it. That said even when something goes wrong to cause a wipe that isn't the tanks fault, I've always seen them blamed first. No exceptions. I'm not a special snowflake rather I'm an average player at best, but I'm not going to willingly subject myself to be the doormat of 23/24 other people. I'm here to get gear and valor just like them. Thats why 99% of the time, I don't que as a tank for LFR. So yes, be nice to your tanks. I'll sit and wait on another tank to take the abuse when the group has been bunch of jerks/tools rather than switch spec from dps every single time.
I already have my opinion which is that LFR needs to be made drastically simpler, shorter (reduced trash more than there is), and needs to be converted into a 10-15 player format. It can replace 5 mans. Having fewer players (even if it is a higher tank/player ratio) means more room for players learning. Cesspools of concentrated (20+) bad players just drags the whole group down.
Its not so much as "be nice to your tanks" as it is:
Why the hell am I going to lead 24 other people around by the nose through this crap, 10 of whom are afking for every boss. To attempt to get a drop I have a 5% chance of getting, to get around 120g to pay for the 300+ in repairs, when I can just say the hell with it and run flex with people I know aren't morons?
The real reason there are not enough tanks is because too many people would rather dps. Then those exact people complain that there arent enough tanks, but really if they were so upset that there are not enough tanks, they would roll one themselves and do it. The players are the problem, and they make the problem worse by being very offensive and rude to people who actually roll tanks. I can see why people who play a tank wouldn't want to be in LFR.
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But if I'm in a hurry, I'll queue as tank just for that quick queue (or, rather I did when I returned to the game and needed the shitty gear from LFR or Legendary items), and go through the mindless slog known as tanking LFR.