Check Your Buffs, Flasks, Presences, Forms… Gear… SPEC?

Back in the day (/rockingchair) when we had a Death Knight main tank and raid leader, he would, now and again, forget which presence he was in and attempt to tank something in oh… say… Blood Presence. This would invariably result in the best of our DPSers ripping aggro, then dumping aggro, then whatever big bad beastie we happened to be picking on would proceed to chomp the healers and pandemonium would ensue.

We would all be standing at the spirit healer, looking around and wondering ‘What happened?’. Well, our Raid Leader being an honest chap and not wanting raiders to start fretting would sheepishly pipe up that “Oops, I was in the wrong presence…”

We’d all laugh and head back to the boss and then rib him about it when he was getting ready to pull. Hence, the raid leader’s mantra:

Check your Buffls, Flasks, Presences, Auras, Stances, Forms…

That was standard for a good long time.

Then came Dual-Specs, and my Sunday DPS runs.

What’s my Sunday DPS runs got to do with this? Well, on Sunday I slip into my DPS spec, and my DPS gear. I’ve got a button bar that shows which gearset I’m currently wearing so it’s easy to keep an eye on that, but it’s not quite the same for Talent Specialization.

Especially when both specializations are Feral. If my dual-spec were resto or balance it would be quite obvious that something was amiss. (Why is there moonkin/tree of life on my shift bar?)

I’m sure you can all see where this is going.

On Tuesday, as I mentioned before, we split into tens. What I didn’t mention was our spectacular, wonderful, very impressive one-shot of the XT-002 Deconstructor.

No thanks to me.

I nabbed Main Tank duty because the main tank just kinda stands there. Very often in Wrath, MT duty is the less complicated, so, as a raid leader, I like taking these jobs because it allows me an easier time to keep an eye on everyone else.

Back to the story at hand. I was main-tanking XT. Everything was going as planned, then the first heart phase came. I shifted to cat and started letting loose. We popped our Bloodlust at this point and I’ll be damned if we didn’t get XT down to 54% by the end of that phase.

Wow, great job!

Just a few more percentage points and we were on the second add phase. This time we didn’t have a Bloodlust. I was still doing quite a bit of damage, and noticed copious crits that I don’t usually see while tank-specced.

It registered as ‘odd’ but not ‘important’. At this point I was more worried about the double-wave of adds we had incoming. I was yelling for Death and Decay from our two Death Knights and praying our only two ranged DPS were up to keeping the incoming robots under control.

Soon enough we were through the second heart phase and this is when things got interesting.

The healers were starting to get a little stressed, what with our OT holding 3-4 pummelers, tantrums coming, and the occasional Boombot making its way to the melee. I glanced down at my bar and noticed Barkskin wasn’t on Cooldown.

Well, ok, /mangle.


I have Barkskin macro’d into my Bear mangle.

I have Barkskin macro’d into my Bear mangle on my BEAR SKILLSET BAR.

So I manually slam Barkskin, hit ‘N’ after that and see, with a sinking heart, the lower Paw illuminated on my Talents tab.

I was in cat spec.

I was tanking without Thick Hide, without Protector of the Pack, without any of those oh-so-necessary talents that make Bears the wonderful things they are.


But here we were, by this point just beyond the last add phase. We were so close, the healers were gasping, the DPS going full-tilt trying to mop up the scrapbots as they came in and my health was veering all over the place.

I popped Survival Instincts during a tantrum, Frenzied regeneration soon after that. I used my Defender’s Code and prayed for Essence of Gossamer procs. I was more careful with keeping up Lacerate for the Savage Defense procs than I’d ever been in my tanking career.

Just hold on, just a little farther, I’m sorry, I’m sorry… please don’t let my stupidity be the ruination of what has been such a wonderful thing…

Then the repair bots came in. Our ranged were out of mana, our melee were already giving everything they got and one…. two…. three….


XT hovered between 1 and 2% for what felt like an eternity.

Then all the repair bots were dead, there were no more to come, and the DPS pushed what little they had left

20k health




They’d done it. With my health oscillating wildly, my healer gaspingly out of mana and beginning to question his worth for anything, we had killed the robot.

A One-shot, and no thanks to me, but I am DAMNED proud of the team we had that night.

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    • Eglador
    • May 8th, 2009

    You have no SotF in your kitty spec?

    • Tigerfeet
    • May 8th, 2009

    Oh, yes, I do… I must have been thinking Natural Reaction >_<

    Come to think of it, SotF is probably the only thing that saved my life!

  1. Oof! Good job!

    See, this is why Druids shouldn’t have 4 VIABLE ROLES!! It’s not fair and it’s just plain confusing for everyone! 😛

    That is similar to when we did Ignis last night and I couldn’t for the life of me hit that one construct for 5k. It didn’t make sense! Either I was having terrible luck or…. yep, I was in Viper, reducing my damage done by 50% 😛 At least I figured the problem out before the next construct! Getting to take out those constructs was pretty fun though on a side note, big explosions 😀

    • Tigerfeet
    • May 8th, 2009

    I think next time we kill him (on 10-man, if it comes to that) we’ll try for the achievement of shattering 2 constructs within 5 seconds of each other. We were REALLY close because we got a little behind on constructs. A combination of the viper whoopsie and me loosing aggro once or twice and figuring out where and how to tank…

    I can hardly believe we one-shotted that chump.

  2. GJ MT’ing in Feline gear. This whole Dual Speccing thing has made me QUITE nervous when I run up to a big baddie. I now quest in DPS so if I get roped into raiding, I better check to make sure I can survive more than 3 hits lol

    After a big push on the healers, I tell each and every one of them “Good Job for keeping me on my feet”. They truely deserve the recognition that they often times dont recieve.

    Thank you healers for your constant dedication and not laughing or hurting me when I pull stupid crap 🙂

    Much Love!


  3. I noticed that I was still enhancement about three tenths of a second after Keaton started the Razorscale encounter.

    <. Razorscale

    ^ that, btw, is the only WoW maths you’ll ever see me do! ❤

    Grats on kitty-tanking XT-002!

  4. Ahhh!

    WordPress ate my equation. It went something like this:

    (me + enhancement spec + resto gear) + (disc priest + fishing pole) + (that other shaman who isn’t failing it up) *IS GREATER THAN* Razorscale


    • Wangari
    • May 8th, 2009

    It dont matter if you´re cat or bear specced!
    That´s more than any of that.

    Had lots of fun going back to resto after so long and healing those runs this week. Still rusty though…

    Hope we can keep it up!
    Mimiron awaits…

    • Ancasta
    • May 12th, 2009

    A few times I have tanked in my kitty gear. Trash is a breeze but then we get to a boss. My health bar is all over the place. I’m popping, as you did, all my trinkets, Survival Instincts, Frenzied Regeneration… We usually get the boss down and I let a big sigh of relief ‘Wow that was tougher than I remember’. Then my healer , who happens to be my wife in the other room, comes around the corner and says to me “That was really tough – Check your Gear!” Sure enough, wrong gear, big laugh in vent. (the Healer always knows:) ) And I’m doing all that in Bear Spec!

    Cannot imagine having that scenario happen to me in Kitty spec – Kudos to you and your healers for surviving that! 🙂

    • Tigerfeet
    • May 12th, 2009

    Thankfully I was in my bear gear instead of my cat gear. If I’d been in cat gear and cat spec I think it probably would have ended much more poorly!

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