Tech Bullying: Optimal vs. Meeting Requirements
Two of my buddies, Malchiah and Kaleedity, (both of whom have posted some guest posts here in the past), wrote extensive comments to my previous post on my biggest quasi-regret. Both comments are well worth your time to read, but something over the weekend happened that was pretty directly related to Kaleedity’s comment. I’ll quote the most relevant sections here and then tell my brief-but-related story, but if you want a more full picture, read the entirety of his comment.
The then-server-leading raiding guild’s main tank — not even in our guild, on our forums! — argued the case for the traditional 31-5-15 spec that permitted for the threat generation talents out of protection combined with mortal strike. I argued for 31-20 arms-fury if you already had optimally geared tanks. You merely needed enough +defense to avoid critical hits, and the optimal gear gave you enough strength so that threat should never be a problem*…
You see, my argument wasn’t about min-maxing; it was about meeting requirements. The most common outlook I see on this matter is the absolute reverse. I’ve seen guilds deny healers for not having 100% of their talent points in their restoration tree, even if those talents don’t apply at all to raids. That doesn’t make any sense!…
I’ve been harassed in groups for having tanking and healing pieces. I can simultaneously tank and heal every leveling instance because they’re easy as either prot or holy, so who cares how I’m geared? How is harassing someone in random groups going to matter to you long term, especially if they’re not slowing you down at all? Just try to vote to kick me instead and make your run take longer….
So regardless of the likely-more-intense-and-interesting philosophical argument over meeting requirements or min-maxing, my wife, my buddy, my new guild buddy, and I had a really interesting related incident this weekend.
My wife wanted to try to steal a few more runestones this week so she could be guaranteed to finish the legendary cape next week (which she now is), so we decided we’d queue for wings 3 and 4 of ToT. However, a very solid guild healer (the druid I’ve mentioned before) had also recently dinged 90 on a new toon, so to lend her a hand a group of us decided to do ToT 1-4. Unfortunately, though, we had no tanks, as my tanking buddy had already done it on his warrior (because he’s impatient).
Well, my new guild buddy runs a warrior, a very well geared warrior. We talked about it a bit, and he finally decided that he’d be willing to tank, as he had before for a guild heroic boss, but since it was LFR, he was going to tank in fury spec.
Which he did. Perfectly. Three of the healers in there were from our guild (myself included, on the new Stubborn), and we had no trouble healing him at all; he had more than 800k hp, so it was largely a laugh. His threat generation was better than anyone else there because he was top dps; even the other “properly” geared and specced tank couldn’t hold off of him. By Kaleedity’s argument, this shouldn’t have been a problem, since he was clearly meeting the requirements for tanking: damage absorption and threat.
But the other tank in there was quiet annoyed. He whispered some garbage to my new guild buddy, calling him a “doucher” at the conclusion of it. Clearly, doing what you’re expected rather than fulfilling requirements is still an integral part of the WoW groupthink.
Of course, since there were six of us from that guild in there, we gave the other tank a hard time for the rest of the run. We didn’t say anything directly to him, mind you, nor did we not heal him or anything of the sort, we just exposed his nasty attitude and harassment of his fellow tank to the group and let the prosocial piranhas go after him.
It was a very smooth run overall, and we all had a really good time. So it seems that even now, 8 years since vanilla, an exceptionally well-geared tank can tank in fury without any problems.
Stubborn (raid healing)