Hehe~ Very nice, very nice indeed- though, Ill give my 2 cents if anyone is willing to read and understand. I'll try to make this fairly simple, while getting my point-of-view across as best I can, in the fasion I like using-- Analogies.
A lancer has 2 phases in his or her(really his) game life:
1) lvl 1 - 59
2) lvl 60+
The thing I find in common with the lancers that have already commented here, is that they're somewhere in the 1st phase. During this phase, you come to the realization that no one can do anything without you(providing they're new to the game, or fairly unskilled alone), and that the same is true for the reverse. You cant go anywhere without them..at least..quickly enough.
As you lvl, you feel no need to be concerned about much things, because the dungeons and content are fairly straight forward. Go in..kill from A - B and finish regardless of what the player skill base my be.
At the 2nd phase however-- you're suddenly bombarded with instances and content that requires far more ability than the previous set of instances and content from the 1st phase. Sooner or later...you'll start dying too much... because persons who are still stuck in the thought pattern of the 1st phase, doesn't think there is much on their part to be done to help complete the lvl 60 and 60+ content.
Depending on the type of tank you are, that is, a good or bad one, you'll start getting more or less.."annoyed" if you're the former of the two, when your party dies on trivial things that has elements that requires the skill use of fundamental basics of a class, leaving you the lone live player. i.e -- Dodging an attack, moving out of the way of an obvious attack.
Tanking is quite fun, but that being said, its not at all something you'll have the most fun doing at the expense of someone else's ineptitude at playing a class they've been playing for 60 levels. Slowly you'll start becoming more..'aware' of your player base, and of those you'd rather tank for, and those of whom you would not.
The latter of the above will usually be the ones to feel the weight of a lancer's 'unwillingness' to tank for people who are just going to "screw the pooch" on the content that requires a little more than someone's presence...so to speak. In other words, people who are less abled at this game, or its brand new way of game play, will find it difficult to find a good tank willing to take them to content they will have an issue being flawless in. The lvl 60+ content that suddenly gets a dramatic change doesnt really help them either. "Adapt, or Die"...Of course, in this case, adapt, or you wont get taken. There's a lvl 60 dungeon named Balder's Temple that will require a little more effort than just simply queuing up for it and mouth breathing your way through, hoping the tank doesn't 'make' you die, which is sadly what a lot of people seem to expect. This instance however, requires that EVERYONE be at the top of their game to complete it's different sections.
All that, indirectly causes some of the more light hearted tanks to become more scrutinizing in their, like I said before, willingness to take herps or derps-- who in turn dub us the "d*ck lancers" - I've even had maybe 1 or 2 occations where I had run ins with people like that, and they all had one thing in common, horrible game play or co-ordination for their own well being. They wanted the tank, healer, and ever other DPS to make their time in the instance that much more easier. wanted to just... hit things and do big dmg they can brag about throughout the duration of the instance. Died from an AOE laser blast? They wonder why the healer didnt heal, or the tank didnt "keep aggro"
BUT! And there's always one--But, there are just plain butt hole people out there who just so happen to play lancers; and its those impatient, maladaptive minded people who id imagine most people come across when they play the game, and have thus dubbed every lancer that way. Simply removing someone from a 'pug' becuase they're new to an instance, is just..beyond any insult I could come up with, for their lack of socializing. If you want perfection, create your own party; ignore the snickers and taunts of those calling you what they want while you make your group, because they dont meet the threashold of what you ask for, instead of raging and kicking, sometimes innocent people who just want to have fun~
Edited by: IDCAA
about 1 year ago
- Reason: Minor typos