Posting about how we hadn’t experienced many terrible tanks yet was obviously just tempting fate.
So, last night gf and I zone in to BRD on our little alts. Awesome, since we have our class quests and I wants my blood knight tabard. One small problem. Our tank isn’t a tank.
I don’t mean he’s in dps gear, or his tree excludes key tanking talents – though both did apply. He zoned in, switched to cat form, and ran off following… something. Probably his quest compass.
First group pulls and he doesn’t switch to bear. Marvellous. After I ret-tanked that group and half the next one, he finally switched to bear. And then somehow proceeded to take more damage than I had, while having no control over the mobs whatsoever.
Okay, not “somehow”. The second part of the sentence there is pretty important – it’s the entire point of being a tank. He didn’t bother to move so that mobs weren’t munching on his behind, didn’t try to pick up adds, didn’t try to pull in any sort of co-ordinated fashion, and didn’t make any effort at all to pick up ranged mobs.
Now, these are all central parts of taking up that tank slot. Of course, the next issue was that while he had some sort of objective, he had no real idea of how to get there and didn’t seem to actually know how the dungeon worked at all.
Not knowing one’s way around BRD is actually not uncommon. While levelling other toons I’ve actually had some really great experiences in the dungeon if there was at least one player who knew the way* and the party wasn’t averse to spending the time for a full clear. Starting at low lvl with the detention block as your dungeon finder objective, saying “screw that” and then 4-manning to the king is an experience everyone should have at least once. It’s a genuinely great instance, confusing perhaps, but with a lot of depth**. Plus, taking on the later segments while underlevelled is one of the few ways to get a decent challenge in the vanilla rdf.
Back on the point, after wandering up to the transition between the barracks and looking in confusion at the very closed door, this tank proceeded to haphazardly backtrack through the arena event and out into the passageway leading down to the lower detention block. A couple of mobs into the passageway, we got the first purple drop I’ve ever seen in there.
Some or other random rifle dropped. I hit greed, figuring the (non-heirloomed) hunter would take it. So did my gf and the warlock.
Then the untank hit Need. And won it from the hunter.
Okay, this was a step too far. As I initiated a kick, the hunter dropped group and the bear proceeded to pull the rest of the hallway and do the same. Don’t know if he expected the remaining party members to die messily or what, but I’m a paladin and our healer was solid. Funny thing about paladins is that ret has almost all of the survival cooldowns that prot does, and I’ve got them mapped in the same fashion as on my tank out of habit. Also, I’ve got a damned sight more positional awareness than the failbear who’d just left.
Long story short, we made it through the pull, I switched to prot offspec and we proceeded to 3-man our way through around half of the dungeon, or at least enough of it to complete the rdf objective and our class quests. Stopped to go to bed. That isn’t what I want to talk about, though.
What kind of simpering, miserable imbecile signs up and behaves like this? What level of immaturity does it take to consider the people – real, genuine people – in the dungeon finder to be secondary to one’s own need to act like some sort of stereotypical entitled brat? He didn’t want any help, he didn’t seem to care about… anything, really.
It’s just hopelessly infuriating. Showing up and trying is not hard. Showing up with an objective and asking if the party will do it generally gets a good response. (most people who don’t want to crawl through BRD drop at the entrance, in my experience) Waiting out the dps queue at this level doesn’t take that long. And not needing on someone else’s damn equipment*** is really just basic courtesy.
Seems a certain druid was just raised in a barn.
* me, nowadays…
** hur hur
*** does the need-binding of BoEs apply at lower level as well? must check