I’ll admit that I have become lazy in some of my tanking and I think some of it has to do with the way warrior tanking changed so significantly when patch 3.0 hit, being able to lay out Thunder Claps and Shockwave made AOE raid tanking like Mount Hyjal a breeze, especially when there were numerous warrior tanks.
It has become pretty apprarent to me that the EZ MODE that was engaged when patch 3.0 hit is coming to an end now. We’ve been raiding and clearing Naxx for weeks now and now that the DPS has really geared up quite a bit I find that I’m back to having to tab target during 5-man runs to stop DPS from pulling off of me when just using abilities like Whirlwind or Blade Flurry. In 3.0 all I had to do was mash my hand in the general direction of Thunder Clap and Shockwave and I held AOE aggro without a problem but that just isn’t cutting the mustard anymore.
Tanking Resolution #1
I resolve to stop using just Thunder Clap and Shockwave to hold aggro on numerous targets. I will use the other abilites that the creators of this video game have given me to stop falling into bad habits. I will make heavy use of the TAB button along with Revenge, Shield Slam and Devastate.
Tanking Resolution #2
I will stop relying on other warriors in the group to use Demoralizing Shout. This is another bad habit I have gotten into since I used to run with an Arms warrior with 5/5 in Improved Demoralizing Shout. This in and of itself is not a bad thing, the bad thing is that I have forgotten it’s on my action bars at all. I don’t use it on bosses 75% of the time and I don’t use it in 5-mans at all.
What are your resolutions?