I like to tank. Not because it makes me feel in control or in charge, but because it's always a challenge to keep the mobs on you with all the stupid actions done by those I end up in a party with.
You could say that I do it to hone my skills, but what skill would that be? Improving the "thick skin" skill? Mental defenses against stupidity and spinebreaking insults?
Tanking a heroic doesn't take much skill, nor gear. All that's required is that you meet the defense cap, which is 535, to avoid getting hit by crits hard enough to send you back to your mothers womb. That's it.
The amount of health isn't all that important, 22-25000 healthpoints is more than suitable, it just means that you'll have to do smarter pulls and not grab half the instance in one go.
But meeting these basic criteria seems to be not enough for most damagedealers today. Even some of the healers cringe of having to heal a low HP tank. They simply can not fathom being in a group with a tank with less than 30,000 HP. Their minds are stubbornly set on the mentality that your healthpoints equals your skill as tank.
And they will whine and they will cry. They will try to kick you or make you leave by any means necessary. Being a tank is a thankless task. While I can run around with nothing, except my axe, in heroics as a damagedealer, imagine the outcry if I gathered only blue gear to tank with. I'd get chewed out.
I've seen people who've just dinged 80 and are great tanks, with a mixture of green, blues and purples on them. But that is not good enough for the retards.
Comments regarding the health is always what pops up first. Comments such as "lol l2tank, 24k hp?!?" can come from a rogue doing 1400-1600 DPS. Which is barely enough to carry their own weight through the instance. And from better geared damagedealers, it's even worse. They seem to expect that every tank that's in the LFG tool should be as good as their guilds maintank and dishes out the max damage they can, with no consideration to threat levels or difference in gearlevels.
And you as the tank is the one to blame if they should happen to get killed by the mob they repeatedly pull off you.
I've had my runs as a tank. I'm also one who won't take non-constructive or the blame for others mistakes.
One run I remember in particularly was when I first started tanking in heroics. My gear was not of the best, but I was defense capped and had focused more on avoidance than on the health pool. So I was both crit-immune and avoidance capped, meaning I would take damage in spikes, but then again, not huge spikes.
A mage in the group, clearly a raider, kept whining about my low health and every time she nuked a mob and gained aggro, she would yell "l2tank, noob!". Being somewhat new to tanking, I just shrugged it off and kept on pulling groups at the speed that seemed to work best with both me and the healer in the group, allowing some downtime to let him regain mana. This was too slow for the mage, so she kept pulling. And pulling. And pulling. She was a nightmare.
After she died once, she started to complain even more and wanted to replace me as tank, because I was clearly unable to tank properly. I should keep aggro at all times, no matter what. It was clearly a l2tank problem, so I should be replaced.
So I snapped. "Yes, it may be my responsibility to build aggro as best as I can, but it is -your- responsibility to stay beneath me threatwise and still do as much damage as you can. If you can't comprehend such a basic concept, then I'm surprised you're allowed to raid with your guild."
I also whispered the healer to just stop healing her, she was not worth the effort.
She left after she died a few more times. And me and the rest of the party finished the instance with no problems.
To return to the behavior of people in a random group, why do the ones who's not really needed any more, (Yes, you "DPS" people,) insist on whining whenever something is not exactly up to their standard? Why are you allowed to do sub-par damage and in pvp-gear allowed to behave like pricks?
The only one who got any right to complain about aggro is the healer. And if I'm waiting for the healer to finish the manabreak, then you're waiting too. Go ahead and pull, I dare you. ;)