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I'm an up-tight tank and I doubt I'm the only one, which likely leads to longer queue times.
TL;DR: If more people cared about how they played and treated others in low level dungeons maybe tanks wouldn't be so frustrated and cynical by 85.
I enjoy tanking, I currently have three level 85 tanks and am leveling three more for fun. It's just my favorite way to play, and I doubt I'm zomgamazing but I think I'm better than your average RDF tank in how I play.
But I imagine some people don't like my attitude. I don't nitpick strangers who aren't doing everything perfect, and in general I won't even speak unless spoken to. Usually I think of randoms like prison: I want to do my time quietly and without incident and get out. Luckily I can usually run heroics with my guild and don't have to deal with level-capped randoms.
The problem I'm running into are on leveling my alt tanks. Tonight I've tried to do three randoms.
The first was normal Blackrock Caverns on my Arms/Prot warrior. I queued as Arms for a change of pace and it went decent for the first couple pulls. Without any explanation the tank left and was replaced rather quickly with a paladin. The paladin proceeded to pull Corla along with two trash packs. Luckily normals are ajoke and we didn't wipe. The paladin's threat was awful but, as we were doing okay, I didn't nitpick. (See? I'm not an elitist jerk, I just don't like stupid people and if people are being bad but not stupid, meh, we'll survive.)
As we got further in though the paladin started dying on every pull, not that it mattered since, despite my best omen-watching efforts, I had aggro from half the pull anyways. Turns out, as he told us, he hasn't visited his trainer in 15 levels because he cannot afford training. :| Someone else initiated a votekick which passed before I could even vote and I ended up tanking the rest of the instance.
The other two were on my level 65 Holy/Prot paladin. (Paladins are so fun. :D) I'm trying to learn Holy "from the ground up" so I healed the first. It was Mana Tombs. For those who don't remember the first boss in Mana Tombs is a shadow elemental that will "shift into the void" and all damage you deal is reflected back at you. Most of the party got low but stopped, but the DK in our group kept wailing on him so I didn't heal him. I was playing triage with all the other people who were low but not completely stupid about the reflection and couldn't be botehred to heal through his stupidity and let him die. I said nothing and rezzed him promptly.
For the next three pulls he proceeded to tell me I was a horrible healer for not healing him through it and it doesn't matter that he was doing the fight wrong and killed himself, it was my fault he died. I responded it wasn't my job to heal through stupidity and he put me on ignore, which is just fine by me. The instance continues with no real incident until we reached the second boss. Unrelated to the previous boss fiasco, the tank starts complaining that the ret paladin has Righteous Fury up. The tank and I both request the ret paladin remove Righteous Fury and he never does. The tank rounds up a huge room of mobs and, of course, the ret paladin pulls threat on most of them almost immediately and, but not for a LoH from himself, would have died. He then starts complaining about how I won't heal him. I say that, as I said before, I don't heal through stupid and I get votekicked. I'm not complaining I got vote-kicked, I could have just carried their fail quietly if I wanted, but instead I spoke up and got kicked. Meh. It's just a game, I'll survive. :P
I decide I don't want to deal with healing people who don't know how to play so I swap over to tank and queue again. Mana Tombs again. Group's going okay, we're moving through at a nice pace but the mage keeps pulling crap before I even have a chance. (There were no mana or AFK breaks, it's not like we were moving slowly.) This tends to cause problems with all the casters in the instance since I can't round them up easily and it gets very aggravating. I request he stop and he says "I didn't pull I got an instant proc and had to use it." -_-
I request once more he please stop pulling for me and he continues to do so and so we votekick him after the second boss. He then rolls a character on my realm to mock me for kicking him? /shrug I usually just find that amusing in a "u mad bro?" sense.
Is it any wonder that random pugs are sometimes (possibly often) a pain in the neck and get such a bad reputation when no one can play nice with the other kids in the room? If someone asks you to do something and there's no reason you can't, why shouldn't you? If you screw up why is it someone else's fault?
Perhaps if people treated everyone (not just tanks, they just seem to get teh brunt of it since so much of the "dungeon flow" rests on their shoulders) with respect the community wouldn't be the way it is today and we'd have an awful lot more successful pugs.