Should the tank let the dps die?
Or, “you pulled it, you tank the damm thing!”
Following on from the discussion from Blog Azeroth on healers letting people die to their own stupid it struck me that the same question applies equally to the tank.
So, should I as a tank in a 5-man heroic (or indeed any other 5-man content) let the dps eat some floor because they keep pulling aggro of me. It’s tempting I have to admit, particularly when it’s happening throughout the entire run, there are things all DPS can do to control their aggro (or not), I’m aware of just how much some classes are aggro magnets.
Just as I spend the first couple of pulls in a run working out how much damage the DPS are throwing, how the healer is doing on their mana / keeping everyone topped up so the dps should also be looking at how the tank is pulling, how much threat they’re able to dump onto the mobs before ripping into them with as much AoE as they can for the pretty pretty numbers. So any DPS which keep ripping aggro know what they’re doing and knows the risks. When tanking I will be doing my best to keep control of the mobs but I’m sorry to say there are things known as cooldowns and the GCD. I may not have a taunt / AoE taunt spare to use, particularly if aggro is being ripped a lot.
Will I leave a mob on a player, no, it goes against everything I’ve been doing for the last two years as a tank. If something isn’t hitting me I consider that to be a fault which must be corrected, I will be trying to recollect that mob as soon as I can, but if you’re a cloth wearer who keeps taking my toys then at some point I will not be able to get it back before it starts nomming on your face, you had better hope the healer is wanting to heal…