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#1 Sep 09 2013 at 8:09 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm a bit of a slow progression kind of player - family and time constraints, plus I've never been in a rush to do stuff anyway.
Last night I finally got around to doing my level 15 story quest to do Sastasha. Went in as my 20 Gladiator.

I get into party and let everyone know it was my first run. Figured it was the polite thing to do. I get a single response which made me chuckle:

"Go Tank Stuff"

Thank goodness I read these forums, else it would have been a mess. As it stands, I think I did alright. No deaths, and I didn't get any "you suck" /tells afterward. =)

One step closer to joining ZAM ( if you'll have me!)
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#2 Sep 09 2013 at 8:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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The first wave of dungeons are fairly straight forward. Like you, I went in blind on my Gladiator and just starting 'tanking stuff.' I've been playing tanks for years so it was nothing new but as long as you have a basic understanding of how to tank and hold hate you'll be fine.

Edited, Sep 9th 2013 10:15am by BrokenFox
#3 Sep 09 2013 at 8:19 AM Rating: Excellent
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I was the exact same way on my Tank Most games I play I'm always DD/DPS because I'm horrible at healing and was always scared to tank, mostly because of the back lash ppl get from doing a bad job. So I did same thing got into Satasha said hey guys this is my first time ppl said no worries and we did fine.... as you do the next dungeons you will find it easier to play your job meaning you will do what you know is whats right to do as a tank, just gotta hope everyone else knows what to do as what they play lol
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#4 Sep 09 2013 at 8:23 AM Rating: Good
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My first run through Satasha was on Saturday, and I ended up with a great group. The group consisted of a tank who actually tagged all the enemies in each mob we encountered, which made things super easy and smooth; an Archer who constantly moved around to help keep the enemies confined to an area; me, another archer who stood his ground, concentrating mainly on doing as much DPS as I could manage without pulling hate; and last, the best healer I've ever played with. No one came close to dying, health remained above 85% all the time, and we won without a hitch. Very happy about my first experience. :)

It sounds like you had a pretty good first experience, too. Like you, I'm a bit of a slow progression kind of player. In addition to real life constraints, I just like to take my time, enjoy the scenery, the story, and the game, and I like to read every bit of text that I can. This experience, though, was positive.

Edit: I had one embarrassing revelation shortly afterwards, though...I was wondering why no one chatted in party during the entire run...and it was because I forgot to turn on party chat. Smiley: blush A very rookie overlook!

Edited, Sep 9th 2013 10:51am by Vaaniks
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#5 Sep 09 2013 at 8:42 AM Rating: Excellent
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OP, since are planning to be the tank, you might want to consider reading the dungeon walk-thru for dungeons 20+. The party mostly follows the tank so it's nice when they have a general idea of the route to take. The path through Haukke Manor is not a straight line!

Here's a great place for general dungeon info: http://www.ffxivguild.com/tag/dungeon-guide/

Glad you had fun man, and Welcome to ZAM!

Edited, Sep 9th 2013 12:38pm by Gnu
#6 Sep 09 2013 at 9:02 AM Rating: Excellent
My GF did her first Sastasha run last night. I was worried how well she would take to partying since XIV is her first MMO. She did pretty well, even handled the bubbles easily. She said the thing that helped her the most was that I've had her doing guildhests the last few days so she had the super basics down.
#7 Sep 09 2013 at 9:13 AM Rating: Default
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Not to burst bubbles here, Satasha isn't that hard. I go into Satasha on my Scholar and my fairy can run the entire dungeon on her own without me needing to even pop a heal unless the tank is being stupid. Your biggest challenge on knowing how to tank will come at Brayflox's Longstep. It will teach you a fundamental lesson in tanking you'll never forget. That and Garuda....***** that harpy.
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#8 Sep 09 2013 at 9:18 AM Rating: Decent
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I think its better to not allow the first three dungeons to fool you into thinking this game is going to be easy.
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#9 Sep 09 2013 at 10:14 AM Rating: Decent
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TwilightSkye wrote:
I think its better to not allow the first three dungeons to fool you into thinking this game is going to be easy.


Sunken Temple. 'Nuff said.
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#10 Sep 09 2013 at 10:19 AM Rating: Excellent
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ImmolatedHope wrote:
Not to burst bubbles here, Satasha isn't that hard. I go into Satasha on my Scholar and my fairy can run the entire dungeon on her own without me needing to even pop a heal unless the tank is being stupid. Your biggest challenge on knowing how to tank will come at Brayflox's Longstep. It will teach you a fundamental lesson in tanking you'll never forget. That and Garuda....***** that harpy.


You make a good point, but let's not be so quick to undermine his achievement. The early levels like Satasha are how you prepare and basically get comfortable tanking. Sure it gets harder especially in a few dungeons like Qarn. I won't even do that run with pickups anymore. So while his experience doesn't impress you, you really need to learn to walk before you can run. I don't mind the warning that the content will get harder. Let's just try to encourage our tanks to do their job instead of switching to another dime a dozen DPS...DD.
#11 Sep 09 2013 at 10:31 AM Rating: Decent
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The first 3 dungeons are really easy. My suggestion though, if you don't mind me saying so, is that you should glance over any one of the many dungeon run guides throught the interwebz. As a tank, it's important to know yourself. Copperbell, your third dungeon, does have 2 parts that can be difficult if the pt does not know the mechanics. Dungeons just get more "involved" from there.
#12 Sep 09 2013 at 10:52 AM Rating: Excellent
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ShadowedgeFFXI wrote:

ImmolatedHope wrote:
Not to burst bubbles here, Satasha isn't that hard. I go into Satasha on my Scholar and my fairy can run the entire dungeon on her own without me needing to even pop a heal unless the tank is being stupid. Your biggest challenge on knowing how to tank will come at Brayflox's Longstep. It will teach you a fundamental lesson in tanking you'll never forget. That and Garuda....***** that harpy.

You make a good point, but let's not be so quick to undermine his achievement. The early levels like Satasha are how you prepare and basically get comfortable tanking. Sure it gets harder especially in a few dungeons like Qarn. I won't even do that run with pickups anymore. So while his experience doesn't impress you, you really need to learn to walk before you can run. I don't mind the warning that the content will get harder. Let's just try to encourage our tanks to do their job instead of switching to another dime a dozen DPS...DD.


Oh, don't mistake my post for some over inflated sense of self worth or ability. I'm fully aware this is the first dungeon and its supposed to be intro-easy. I admittedly suck at marking and my performance picking up the boss adds was less-than-stellar. Passable, perhaps. Who knows, the other players could be cursing me at this moment - but at least they didn't flame me into oblivion. Either way, Piminto needs more practice =).

I just found amusing (and thought I'd share) the "advice" that was given to me after I proclaimed my noob-ness. (aka "Go tank stuff").

I had fun, and that's what counts.
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#13 Sep 09 2013 at 10:58 AM Rating: Excellent
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Satasha can be hit or miss since it's the first group dungeon. We had to give "tanking 101" to a GLD yesterday because he didn't have a clue what to do. Fortunately the pugilist was also a 31 PLD and she gave him some tips. After a rough start he was pretty comfortable by the final boss.

I love tanks that know how to tag things. Makes things so much easier.
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