“Look to those who walked before / to lead those who walk after…”
Holy CROW Gaagaagiins, THANK YOU for your granularly detailed explanation!!! Would that I could give it more than one Like for all that it covers. And I will refer back to it when next I have trouble in a dungeon, though I understand the game is of a complex and fluid enough nature that even a comment as broad as this cannot describe all situations I may find myself in, and so won’t take it as gospel (at least in the way we usually use that phrase–I will look at it like how one is supposed to read the gospels/Bible). I will base any strict ideas I form about Tanking In FFXIV on my own experience first @Syzygy, do not worry; nevertheless a post as exhaustive as this will be hugely useful even as I keep in mind that some of it is based on opinion.
Gaagaagiins I mean, no offense, but I don’t find it hard to identify inexperienced tanks, so I’d even go so far as to say I think it shouldn’t be necessary to explain or apologize in advance for still learning what I think is one of the most idiosyncratic and complex styles of videogame out there.
I played a ton of WoW but was at a level of understanding at the time (which I’ll blame on my age) that made dungeons completely impenetrable for me, so even as I spent most of my WoW time as a paladin I basically never learned how to play “as a tank” in the correct context. (In fact it is amazing to me how I could have spent several hundred hours playing WoW and understood as little as I did about it afterward….)
Gaagaagiins In my opinion, criticizing a tank unconstructively is not okay because it’s tantamount to rushing a tank, which is an MMORPG cardinal sin.
Gaagaagiins However it’s not so complex and demanding that you won’t get the hang of it.
Gaagaagiins I don’t know if you’ve given much indication what level you’re at, but if you’re still a Marauder then I suppose you’re under level 30
Correct, I am a level 29 MRD (and level 20 WEAVER YEEEAAAAAAH!!!!!!!)