Well, here we are again. The World of Warcraft forums and some bloggers are noting a lack of tanks and healers for pugs. Even Gevlon over at The Greedy Goblin noted a long wait for a recent pug run of his due to a lack of healing.
I know at least one warrior who is no longer tanking at all. That would be mine. Maybe someday, but truth be told, I'm happy as DPS now. And beside, most raid guilds are NOT short on tanks, if anything, tanks are having a difficult time trying to find a home...just like in BC.
In my BC guild, I was one of six tanks at one point. But all we could do regularly was Karazhan and the first 3-4 bosses in Zul-Aman. Even Gruuls didn't require more than two pure tanks.
So where are all the tanks?
As for healers, well, they don't have a problem finding a guild. Every guild needs as many healers as they get their grubby little paws on. Some nights raid guilds have to call a raid off because only 4 of the 12 healers bothered to log in and they needed 6 for the run.
So where are all the healers?
Short answer is that most decent players who happen to have tanks or healers as characters just don't run outside of the guild. Really, it's as simple as that.
You see, we get tired of wipe fests, but more importantly, we get tired of greedy, spoiled, and rude players. Most of us would rather just not do any 5-mans or 10-mans if our only option is to run in PUGs. Give us some players who will listen to instructions, work as a team, and not cry if they don't get the loot, and we'll start running PUGs again.
With almost 12 million players (or more if you consider trial accounts), it is more and more difficult to find the right set of players for a PUG. I don't know where these people come from. Somewhere I read that a lot of the new "casual" players are coming form console games. Maybe that's where all the attitude and spoiled hissy fits are comming from. Maybe the players are getting younder.
The point is, most of us only want to run with respectable players. If we wipe, it's just easier to handle if everyone is working together and cooperating with no name-calling or tantrums.
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