Guest Post: World of Snarkcraft – Husband Edition episode IIDecember 30, 2008
A/N: Jov’s spent the past week-ish without net access, and has houseguests this week as well. So, due to her complete inability to pre-plan posts, she’s relying again on Mr Jov to provide content for today.
So last time when Jov was taking a break, I wrote you all from the other side of the fence about all those things healers do that drive tanks crazy. But, thankfully, all is not doom and gloom when it comes to Tank – Priest relationships. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to witness (and be the beneficiary of) some good themes that keep the fire burning so to speak. With that in mind, may I offer you Simple Things A Healer Can Do to Keep The Tank Happy.
- Please don’t die. This sounds so cheesy, but as I alluded to in episode 1, we tanks have a huge complex when it comes to healer death. So, more so than for selfish reasons, please do exercise caution. We would much rather die first – at least that way we did our jobs – than be standing there with a dead healer on our hands. Remember always that you are special, and with great specialness comes great responsibility – to choose life.
- Show the love. I have stressed that tanks are sensitive. We understand. We are the “strong silent type.” We’re the friend you would come to if you woke up in the morning and found yourself in a raid with 23 other people staring an angry ancient power from the dawn of time. “We get eaten so you don’t have to” would be written in Latin on the Tanker’s Union sign if we had a sign and enough brain cells left over from our beatings to conjugate an irregular verb in the future perfect tense. Because really, a little /hug or /flirt can brighten the spirits, but when it comes from a healer it means so much more. DPS just doesn’t have the same touch as a healer. The warlock may have a pretty face, but we know that it is just skin deep. Do I have to mention the self-destructive tendencies? Seriously, Life Tap? So not cool.
- Remember the Tank off the job too. Whether it is going to a heroic or dressing down on an alt, remember that your tank isn’t just there for raiding. Nothing shows genuine appreciation more for a tank than getting an invite somewhere from one of their healers. It can be hard to trust a PuG group as a tank because the cost of failure is so high (and unlike the DPS, we can’t grind out money like it is going out of style), and going somewhere with a healer you trust makes a real difference. How much of a difference? Having the healer you know along with you as a tank is like the difference in a fight between having a broken bottle and an AK-47. This is even true if the tank is not on the tanking character at the time.
- Try tanking yourself. This is not an invitation to pull agro, but give tanking a try by either respeccing for a little while or trying it out with a test realm pre-gen. Most tanks (myself included) consider our job to be the hardest in the raid group and we get a big boost out of knowing our fellow raiders have at least tried to walk a day in our heavy plate boots. Who knows, you might even like it. But, at least you will appreciate more the challenges of tanking – particularly when it comes to working with your healers. If you haven’t done it, I guarantee you’ll look at your tank differently next time you’re in a raid together. Perhaps better yet – they will look at you differently too.