So there I was.
To catch you up briefly, Msaker, by Orc Warrior, used up a lot of good crafting mats to equip my Human Paladin in some decent (non-raider, non-instancing) gear. Tempered Saronite Helm and Boots for tanking, and Spiked Saronite Helm and Boots for DPSing. (I.e. the iLevel 200 stuff.) My hunter used up the last 4 Arctic Furs in all of existence (Dear World, Please forgive me.) to make the Nerubhide and Icestriker cloaks for him. And the Orc also made the Human his Titansteel Destroyer and Titansteel Shieldwall. And working on the tournament I picked up the Teldrassil Defender. (Spiffy graphics, and even though the moon already glowed, it was enhanced with a quick and cheap Crusader enchant.) So Honorus has been the greatest benefactor of a huge portion of my hardwork in materials gathering. (That and the wife and I have 9 characters between us with Artisan Flying. The tournament has been beddy beddy good to us. It’s not “casual” gameplay at all!!!)
Anyway, so I’m interested in getting a Horseman’s Helm. (And just getting the achievement to kill him.) Msaker has the old (level 70) one and loves it. I wanted to get an updated version for my Paladin.
I spec Retribution and travel to the Scarlet Monastery. There’s a crowd, but not a lot of talk. Then folks start talking. Deathknight /s “DPS lfg.” Warlock “DPS lfg.” Umm. I see where this is going. DPS folks all gathered around waiting for 1) someone to tank for them, and 2) someone else to heal for them. (Then off they go to their happy DPS lives while the healer and tank respec to DPS as well and carry on with their lives.)
Well, hell. I appeared to be part of the problem. There I was. Ret Pally, LFG. Good grief. (See, tanking is a responsibility. Healing is a responsibility. DPS fails to kill a boss? “Tank better” or “Your healing sucks.” Hey, sign me up for the acid eye wash. Bring it!)
Well, the Deathknight says “I’ll start a group.” Warlock says “Invite me.” Deathknight says “LFM.”
Well, heck with it. I’ve actually spent more than a couple Titansteel bars to let them sit unused in my bags. ”Invite me.”
Invited I linger a bit in Ret spec. “So, what are you? Tank, healer, or DPS.” The Warlock lol’s “I’m DPS.” I tell them I’m Ret. But: I can spec Prot, if your good DPS can make up for my bad tanking. (I haven’t tanked an instance, for reals, in … forever. Not on a Paladin.) I respec, equip my tanking stuff and we wait. Two more Paladins join the party. The first is actually geared with a Titansteel Shieldwall as well. And he’s got 27k health to my 22k. I guess he’ll be tanking. Except all of a sudden his health drops to 12k. Huh?? I hover over him and it says he’s Holy now. Okay, so we’ve got a healer. The other Paladin stays Retribution. (He’s wearing an Explorer’s tabard. I don’t even care what his gear is. Later, after a fight, while we waited for his mana to recover on his own … That takes FOREVER by the way, I offer him some mana replenshing tea. “No, thanks. I have potions for that.” And so we wait a while longer. And we wait. DIVINE PLEA YOU MORON! (I quietly say inside. Having only discovered this wonderful ability a short hour earlier myself while perusing Paladin Tanking over on ElitistJerks or Maintankidin website.)
Anyway, long story short, I tank five summons of the Horseman. No deaths. And none of us were geared in anything exceptional. Horseman ain’t so tough. Or my tanking wasn’t so terrible. (And no helm, or mount, either. Sigh.)
Then it was back to the Tournament as Retribution. (The best 2,000 gold (after cold weather flying) that I’ve spent was to dual spec my Warrior Arms/Prot and my Paladin Prot/Ret.)
I am loving the flexibility of the Paladin.
And, yes, I have LOTS to learn yet to play him effectively in any role beyond smashing weak non-raid single targets.