Shutting down the haters
Today, I bring you an “it came from the PUG” story with a happy ending.
Our setting: The Nexus. I was there on my enhancement fail!shaman Sakula, who is geared…modestly, let’s just put it that way. Can’t recall offhand if he’s got any greens left, but he’s just gotten his second piece of base T9 and is otherwise mostly rocking item level 187/200 blues and the occasional 200 epic.
We all zoned in, and as always, I scanned my party frame to pick out the tank. It’s a reflex that comes from having two hunters–on them, the very first thing I always do is target the tank and make him/her/it my focus target so my Misdirect macro works properly. I saw that our tank was a female blood elf paladin…and she had 22,600 health.
I moused over her, and my tooltip told me she was prot spec. I looked, figuring she had her ret gear on…nope, that’s a shield and a one-handed mace. Hmm, this is cool. Maybe we can get her some upgrades! I mean, sheesh, it’s Nexus, right? We’re not exactly talking heroic Halls of Reflection here. So I dropped target on her and went back to making sure my totems were set the way I wanted them.
Next thing I see is the party healer, a tree druid, say: “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.”
Ah, it never fails. A tank with less than 40k unbuffed health walks into a heroic, and people start crapping themselves. Before the first pull, before the tank had a chance to prove themselves, the tree took one look at the tank’s gear and immediately thought “fail.”
To her credit, the paladin stood her ground and said, “Is there a problem?” or something similar. Oh yeah, you go pallytank. The druid didn’t say anything. The paladin, honor apparently satisfied, turned around and headed off to pull the first drake.
And so, off we went toward the Halls of Stasis. The only other comment the druid made the entire time was, a couple pulls in, another snide comment to the tank: “Could you at least buff yourself so I have something to heal?” Oh, this guy’s a real douchetree. One Blessing of Kings later, she was up to about 24.5k health, and on we continued.
We took the usual route through Nexus, and other than the undergeared-worse-than-me mage dying twice on Grand Magus Telestra trash, it was a solid, unexceptional heroic Nexus run. The paladin tank did a solid job holding agro and other than one somewhat cocked-up trash pull where agro went wonky (causing us to scramble like hell, me to bring out the spirit doggies early, etc.), everything hummed along in the fine boring manner you’d expect.
20 minutes later, we stood in front of Keristrasza’s corpse. And I couldn’t resist, after seeing the “undergeared” paladin tank shut up Mr. “you’ve got to be fucking kidding me” Treebag with a great tank job. I turned to the paladin and said “Great tanking, Renai, thank you.” Other than a “thank you” from Renai, want to know what the two replies I got were?
Rogue: “lol easy with tricks”
Druid: “pfft great heals more like” *drop group*
Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to ignore the druid, or to personally compliment the tank before she dropped group. So I’ll say it here instead, and hope there’s a 1-in-1000 chance it gets back to him/her/it: Renai of Suramar, I salute you for a job well done. And, most importantly, I salute you for standing your ground in the face of Non-Overgeared Tank Hate, and for shutting down the haters.