So lately I've been leveling up my other classes after getting PLD to 50 and SMN/SCH to 30.
Well, while in Halatali, I'm noticing a lot of level 40/50 toons synced down of course, and I'm wondering why they're there? Then one instance in particular the PLD tank, who was level 42, informed us immediately that this was his first time there. His tanking wasn't even sub-par. He did NOT use flash, or provoke even once and we wiped on the first group.
WHAT. THE. ****.
How do you get that high of a level without even the BASIC fundamentals of tanking? I mean, I can admit I am not the best tank, but I KNOW if he's been pulling crap like this then he must be getting ******* at like I was all throughout the leveling dungeons!
...more of a rant, but my IRL friends don't play. Hence why I post here:) thanks/sorry lol
I had a 38 Gladiator back in Ver 1.0. Just yesterday I geared him up out of the AH, all level 37~38 gear. Set all my abilities best I could figure them out. Went out and start killing some level 38 mobs to iron out my abilities/rotation. Then I needed to get some group tanking experience in ARR, so I queue DF. I considered the low level dungeons, but decided to queue one that would give EXP. Cutter's Cry popped.
So my first ever ARR tanking experience in a party was at level 38 in Cutter's Cry. I told the party as much and we did just fine. I lost hate a time or two as a figured out the range of flash, and what things my party does that will take hate from me, and how to deal with it.
Now I do know the basic fundamentals of tanking from previous experience. This is just one way that you may find yourself dealing with freshly minted, high level tanks.
(Don't forget the great Power Level Debacle of Ver 1.0. You could literally equip a lvl 1 sword and AFK your way to 42 in an afternoon. Did not need to swing a sword or kill a single creature. Glad that is fixed. It true that FATE grind is similar, but at least you have to run about.)