Login Patreon | Login PayPal
Breakfast Topic > WoWSep 12, 2018 8:00 am CT

How do you get back on the horse?

So, funny story. Last night I was hanging out in Boralus, trying to decide what to do, when a friend messaged me. “Hey, did you mean it when you offered to tank a Siege of Boralus for me?”

Now, while I have been Blood Spec on my DK most of this expansion, my guild actually has a surfeit of tanks, to the point where I’ve only ever raided as Unholy and am even considering going back to Fury because I find it to be more fun as a DPS spec. I’ve tanked a few dungeons as Blood, but not a Mythic.

However, it was for a friend who wanted to see the end of Siege of Boralus, and I’d been wanting to get in there myself. So despite the intense panic I felt (I didn’t tell my friend this because I didn’t want them to feel bad and also because I have a deep-seated fear of looking like I have human emotions*) I said Okay, sure, let’s get that done and went in. Despite having absolutely no idea what the trash did, we did pretty well — a few wipes on the last boss working out the cannons and how to deal with the tentacles, but overall a reasonably smooth run. It turns out I still remember how to do mechanics as a tank and not just how to hit Anti-Magic Shell and hope for the best.

But it was still a return to something I haven’t done seriously in a while, and frankly I was way rustier than I expected — several times I forgot I had abilities and only just barely remembered I had them, for example, Bonestorm which saved my butt on a couple of hairy trash pulls. And that got me thinking — for a lot of us, Battle for Azeroth means a return to playing after a hiatus or a switch between mains, or otherwise spending a lot of time playing catch-up.

Advertisement

So if you’ve been away from something — a class, a spec, a role, PVP — and are now getting back into it, my question is simple. How’d you do it? Did you just white knuckle it and hope it all worked out, like a certain Blood DK I know who tanked Siege of Boralus last night? Did you breeze through knowing you’d be swell, great, and have the whole world on a plate? Were you rusty or did it all come back as soon as you started? This doesn’t have to be WoW related — if you usually main Genji but have been playing a lot of Mercy lately, it still applies to your clutch Genji play last night. Share with us your story of returning to form.

 

*Editors Note: Adam can at least testify that Matt is Human, and not of the Old Ones

Blizzard Watch is made possible by people like you.
Please consider supporting our Patreon!

Join the Discussion

Blizzard Watch is a safe space for all readers. By leaving comments on this site you agree to follow our  commenting and community guidelines.