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#6374639 Jul 10, 2012 at 09:06 PM · Edited 7 years ago
Consigliere
26 Posts
Right now I'm fully immersed in World of Warcraft and exploring raiding with Cognitive Dissonance. A raid is working collaboratively in teams of 10 to 25 players to master the hardest content in the game. Players in these raids must be optimized for their particular role for the group to be successful.

My role in the raid is tank. I have a Warrior whose talent is Protection. This means that I'm the first to attack the monster and my job is to keep the monster from attacking my less robust party members. This it called "keeping Aggro". If I lose Aggro, then the monster wanders off to squish another person, typically a mage or hunter as they do the most dps.

I really like tanking as it really requires that you know your class and skill set as well as that of your party. It also requires study of fights and anticipating what might go wrong. Tanks are typically the ones who are expected to explain fights to the new players and call out incoming special attacks by the monsters. Tanks are also usually the ones calling the fight and directing attacks.

In addition to WoW, I've played Rift, EveOnline (trial only), Allods, Warhammer, Runescape, lots of epistemic games, lots of console games, and a lot of sports games.
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#6377162 Jul 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Cataclysmic
128 Posts
It's interesting, but I never really could get into WoW. First I didn't have a fast enough connection, then my "real life" duties and such were never conducive to paying a monthly subscription to a game. I guess this is one of the reasons that I am mostly a disconnected gamer :)

#6374639 Abacus wrote:

Right now I'm fully immersed in World of Warcraft and exploring raiding with Cognitive Dissonance. A raid is working collaboratively in teams of 10 to 25 players to master the hardest content in the game. Players in these raids must be optimized for their particular role for the group to be successful.

My role in the raid is tank. I have a Warrior whose talent is Protection. This means that I'm the first to attack the monster and my job is to keep the monster from attacking my less robust party members. This it called "keeping Aggro". If I lose Aggro, then the monster wonders off to squish another person, typically a mage or hunter as they do the most dps.

I really like tanking as it really requires that you know your class and skill set as well as that of your party. It also requires study of fights and anticipating what might go wrong. Tanks are typically the ones who are expected to explain fights to the new players and call out incoming special attacks by the monsters. Tanks are also usually the ones calling the fight and directing attacks.

In addition to WoW, I've played Rift, EveOnline (trial only), Allods, Warhammer, Runescape, lots of epistemic games, lots of console games, and a lot of sports games.

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