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The retardadin

Allow me to preface this by saying two things. Firstly, I have absolutely nothing against paladins or tanking paladins. Secondly, I'm a woman gamer. This second point is so folks don't think I'm being sexist...

We have just finished dealing with the most godawful paladin tank I have ever had to deal with. She started out as a mage, and decided when the xpac came out to try playing a pally tank. We had a policy that you announce ahead of time that you're going to switch mains and she did not, but made cootchy-coo noises at the guild leader and didn't get into trouble for it. She then started powerleveling and getting into every 5-man that she could get into.

I'm a warrior tank, and the official offtank for the guild (our MT is another warrior and excellent at his job, I adore the guy). And at first I thought it was great that we were getting another woman tank. But then she started acting a little weird. I noticed it when I came in on a halls of stone run that she and her regular group couldn't get past and managed to survive that annoying wave after wave bit with Brahn and the iron dwarves, and I managed to survive when I brought them. She started saying these curt apologetic things in guild chat and obviously fishing for pity.

Whenever we tried to group and get gear, she'd try her hardest to get in and tank instead of me, even when she had nothing to gain from the instance. I ended up pugging half my gear. Meanwhile she was sitting on 400+ badges and never bought any of her T7 gear or the librams or trinkets you can buy with badges. She just sat on them, and when asked why she wasn't spending them, stated that there was nothing worth buying (as she continued using level 70 trinkets and blue armor).

Then we started raiding Naxx, and it hit the fan. It was obvious she had never been a raid tank before in her life. She didn't know how to strafe. She didn't know how to switch targets. And she obsessed with taking whatever I was tanking from me, even if another mob gingerly stepped over her and crushed a healer's face. And whenever something went wrong, she quickly tried to find some means of blaming it on me. And finally, whenever she didn't get to tank a boss, she would WHINE. She would SIGH and GRUMBLE and MOAN. Eventually even the clueless players started noticing it and were getting sick of her.

When enough people got angry, she had this bawling crying breakdown over vent and got everyone to feel guilty about it. (I should note that she's also forty years old) Everyone went out of their way to pet her and make her feel better, meanwhile tanking was becoming an incredibly stressy job for me because not only was I having to deal with her trying to make me look bad at every opportunity, but I was also having to cover for her. She refused to tank adds (yes, the pally refused to tank adds), and so I always had to grab any loose mobs, on top of her utterly obsessing over whatever I was tanking and trying to take it from me.

Thankfully cooler heads prevailed. Our guild is run by multiple people, one of whom is a woman. That guild elder came with us on a Naxx run and watched as she ignored me multiple times when I asked her to please wait until I caught up to her before she pulled, to not run with her back to a mob, and how she tried to make up for people getting angry at her by making lewd flirty comments at them.

She was asked to go back to playing her mage, and she chose to quit the guild and take her friends with her, whom she later abandoned for another guild.

It's people like that that make other women gamers look bad. Ugh,

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stormshaman
Feb. 27th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
She's not just a shitty excuse for a tank, she's a moron to boot.

ugh.
kaelstra
Feb. 27th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
Secondly, I'm a woman gamer. This second point is so folks don't think I'm being sexist...

You do realize you can be female and be sexist towards other women, right?
gen
Feb. 27th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
But my dislike for stupidity knows no gender boundaries!
megarandom
Sep. 6th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Seriously.
xcwqz
Feb. 28th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
You'd be surprised at how many people would argue with you on this.
(Anonymous)
May. 9th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Most noobish tank mistake/thing to do?
Here is a good one:
Being a rogue, I love to control and restrain my enemies. I can understand if 4 other people in my group are all beating down on a single monster with no others around and my gouge doesn't last half a second. That's cool. They didn't have time to respond. I get it. But when a tank has 5 seconds to respond and THEN hits a SAPPED mob for NO REASON WHAT-SO-EVER OTHER THAN TO SHOW HIS HIGH ARMOR CLASS AND STAMINA?! Yeah... then I start to get reeeeeally pissed.
(Anonymous)
May. 9th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Terribly sorry
"and THEN he/she hits a SAPPED mob for NO REASON OTHER THAN TO SHOW HIS/HER HIGH ARMOR CLASS AND STAMINA?!"
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