I dont know stat prio.
I dont know how to tank with my class.
I already have a dps and a healer specc.
I dont feel like i am rewarded enough for tanking.
I feel that tanking is to hard.
I feel that it is to easy.
I hate my class' tank specc.
I hate don't fancy tanking.
Why do you not write survey questions that are mutually inclusive? There is no option... "I enjoy tanking..."
I know that is not the point of the survey, but it would have been nice to have as an option. I personally love tanking and have done it since I started playing in Vanilla. I also really like healing. I can dps, but it is definitely my last choice.
What I like about tanking is that you can pretty much control the flow and if you do it well you can really make a difference to the group. I started tanking on a druid, and I have tanked on a paladin and now I am leveling a warrior. I most definitely like my warrior the most. I am wanting to level a monk next.
I used to be hardcore, then I discovered how fun it is to get laid on an almost daily basis. I'll take sex over WoW any day, so now I'm casual.
I don't enjoy playing any of the classes that have a tank spec in general except paladin where I only enjoy playing holy. Played a prot paladin back in ToT for some friends in normal but I just ended up being bored during boss encounters. Maybe it's different for heroic modes but I'd rather stick to playing DPS and let someone else who enjoys tanking play that role.
I get more enjoyment out of trying to min/max my dps than I ever have out of tanking. Just doesn't interest me.
I'm currently lvl 72 on my warrior, I started out tanking. It wasn't bad..then I got to lvl ohh...40 or so and then the ad nauseum de'ja vu dungeons come up. Add that to prot paladins in cloth BoA gear trying to DPS, huntards that pull EVERYTHING then when they die it's your fault, people who get aggro and run as far away from you as humanly possible cause god forbid they lets you get aggro before busting a nut after complaining that you aren't pulling enough.
So back to DPS and then you get tanks that are just...I don't even...
Look, I'm not one for the whole "GET DEM FOUR-IN-ORS OUT MAI BATTLEGROUP!" but...I'm getting there. add to all of that the language barrier and being a tank with someone who queued as heals but tries to tank and then chain pulls so you can't kick them..no..
So then outland comes up and tbh it's far faster and more rewarding to just quest chain then chain run dungeons seeing as now with DKs Tanks on top of Druids, Warriors, Paladins and Monks, tanks have the same queue as dps.
On to Northrend...If I get Uthguarde Pinnacle one more fing time I'm going to eat baby pandas. Between the zerging GW2 playstyle of randoms and the same instances over and over and over and over and over it's just not worth it.
This happened to me with my paladins and monk...start off as a tank end as DPS.
In Wrath i leveled my Warrior either as prot or arms depending on my mood and item availability, be that from drops/rewards or the AH. I loved tanking dungeons and it was a change to get up close and smash things, instead of throwing magic balls from afar. However i stopped tanking once Cata hit because i just didn't want the hassle.
No i'm NOT a Wrathbaby, i saw first hand the horrors of heroic Shadow Labs/Shattered Halls and the need for CC, smart tanking/kiting and heals. We all know that they went out the window during Wrath and frankly i just wasn't prepared to explain WTF to do in EVERY random group i joined as tank.
I still tank things for friends and guildies if it is needed but that is it, randoms can fuck off.
Thought I'd never touch tanking again in anything but HC Dungeons, but a few weeks ago I was asked to tank in our normal SoO alt raid with my Druid. Now I'm really into tanking again, main was a Def Warrior in Classic->Wrath and Def Pala in LK.
Even began to tank LFR for the Runestones I still need with that char. Always thought tanking LFR would suck much more than it actually does, funny thing is: had a lot worse groups with my DPS/Heals. Basically I didn't tank before since I feelt it wouldn't be as rewarding and also was unsure to tank LFR because the tanks seem to be getting all the blame if something goes wrong.
I tanked from mid Vanilla, to the end of WOTLK. I started off tanking because all the horrible tanks I was running into while leveling. This is back when it took 15 minutes to get to the instance. Then another 10 for someone else to get there and start summoning. Then proceed to wipe, the tank bails, and you just wasted an hour of your life.
Tanking is something that takes observation skills and leadership skills. You need to make sure the Healer has mana, Huntard doesn't have taunt on his pet, watching patrols, CC management, aggro management, and multitude of other responsibilities other roles simply don't have.
After several YEARS of tanking responsibilities PLUS being the GM and Raid leader, I wondered why I was burnt out. I wondered why I didn't enjoy the game anymore, well no shit. It became a job.
I signed back up when SoO went live, and I rolled on a TOTALLY different server, as a Rogue. It was a blast. So from now on, I will never deal with Tanking or Healing again. I'm far too old anymore to be dealing with a game as a job.
Because I find it boring, same as DPS.
Tanking is in a great place right now. With active mitigation, relevant DPS, and a few of the classes capable of doing a relevant amount of raid healing.
They do have a lot of responsibility, though, which turns people off from trying it, IMO. People in randoms often fling unwarranted blame at tanks as well.
I remember pulling bosses in LFR on my Monk tank when he was ~510 ilvl and just dying after 5-6 melee swings with literally zero heals.. then getting blamed for wipes. Healers pointed out that the other tank wasn't dying.. but failed to notice the giant ~50 ilvl difference.
I do tank in current content because my guild needs me to, outside of that i dps because tanking easier content is just boring. My dps depends on boss time on me for vengeance and adds, not my personal performance. My rotation leaves no room for improvement, and i don't even notice gear upgrades (the healers certainly do though).
As a tank i really just do the same predictable stuff over and over from 1/14 flex to 14/14 hc, but as a dps i notice upgrades, i can min/max outside of raids with gemming and reforging, and every time i do a fight i can work to squeeze out more dps, take less damage, interrupt/target switch better etc.
As it stands, with tank death never being a real risk and threat being a non-issue, tanking doesn't really offer any challenge once you're comfortable with it.
for me i don't right now because i got bored of tanking, tanked maybe first tier in mop and thats it, tanked all wrath and cata on my dk and fancied a break from it.
on the other hand i don't tank on my monk, pally or druid because quite frankly people are dicks make any mistake and its "omg this tank sucks kick kick kick" dps over aggros and dies because they are hitting a ranged mob thats no where near you "omg this tank sucks kick kick kick". dps stands in fire and dies "res please"