This is basically going to be a slightly edited repost and update of something I wrote last night and posted on a WoW LJ community, but I did mention on Twitter that I would share it here, so here it goes.
I found this page during a google search for info on the nexus instance and this gave me some idea of what to expect when I got in there.
Because my guildmates were busy or gone at the time (it was midnight server time, and there were only three of us), I wasn’t able to ask any of them to help me out with training, so I just decided to jump in. Thing is, when I did a dungeon finder queue as a tank, I was basically Ready-Checking five seconds after I signed up. That was amazing, and slightly worrying at the same time.
Some notes: Nexus Run, I’m level 73 Tauren DK (Blood Spec) with around 16-17k health at that point depending on what buffs and cooldowns I used.
I told the newly formed group that I was new to tanking, and one of them mentioned that such did not inspire confidence in the run. That was foreshadowing, sadly.
First mob: I lag severely and everything stutters and stops, and I disconnect. Thank goodness there was a warrior there who helped them out while I disconnected.
First wing was generally okay for trash, tanking wise. Thing is, I didn’t know that they were all GOGOGO kinda people, and I was stopping after fights so the healers (priest was Dungeon Guide, plus a moonkin druid I believe) could regain mana for healing purposes. It wasn’t till we neared Telestra that I found out that they were kinda getting antsy, so the warrior in the group started initiating some of the other trash fights.
We defeated Telestra, and I finished one of the quests (finding Berinand’s Research notes – completed quest reward above), but I’m guessing that I was too slow, so the healer/Dungeon Guide said he had to go and left the party.
Problem: I didn’t see the message till after I had engaged an enemy (connection flared up again) and basically wiped the party, with two others (the druid and the warrior) dropping the party in what I would assume to be disgust.
Releasing my spirit, I ended up back in the Transitus Shield, where people started joining in again in the dungeon run, but I was so disappointed in myself that I left the party since just about everyone else except one guy remained in the original party.
Strange thing though, right after the Telestra fight, he said my tanking wasn’t bad… but I was taking too long between fights that buffs would be wasted, which is why they were moving so quickly. Sadly, his name was difficult to spell and remember, so I never got to apologize to him for leaving, though I don’t know if I can even add friends from another server to talk to them.
Anyway, that’s my story. I’m trying to improve, but for a first time tanking experience, I felt absolutely awful, not only about the wipe, but also about the miscommunication that I wasn’t able to remedy. I’m hoping I can do better next time, but that experience really stressed me out on an emotional level and I’m still trying to figure out how else I can improve my tanking but also my conduct for partying in the future since I just dropped party without saying a word to the one guy who was actually relatively supportive of me during the whole fiasco.
Thanks to the folks on the community on Livejournal that I posted on, I got a lot of tips and a ton of emotional support for my endeavors with tanking. I want to do my role well, and I won’t give up!
That said, if you have any Death Knight tanking tips, feel free to let me know in the comments.