Don’t wait until everyone’s there before you pull. Don’t worry if you’re not the tank. You’re so epeentastic, it’ll all work out, even if he’s afk and has fallen asleep. Blame the healers when the dragons aren’t taunted down and the floor is being redecorated in lots of purple fire.
Internet disconnects. No, Internet really DOES disconnect. It’s perfectly reasonable to have many childish giggles about how Internet’s down too.
It’s also perfectly reasonable to have a protracted argument in raid chat about whether one of the mages has ninja-ed the shoulders he already has, even when he argues it’s for his offspec. It’s even more reasonable when the person arguing is one of the tanks and is highly obnoxious with it.
If in doubt, threaten someone with kicking. Always, always pin the blame on someone else, and whinge mightily about it loudly and publicly. If loot drops, whisper whoever wins it. Offer an exchange of loot. Offer useless loot for the class. If that doesn’t work, continue to be highly obnoxious. It won’t help, but it’ll make you feel better. And the person who won it, as they happily add you to their ignore list.
Don’t fall off the edge of the platform when fighting Deathwing. If someone falls off the platform when fighting Deathwing, don’t laugh at them.
It’s possible to get up mid-fight, remove cats from the room, lock the door firmly, return and continue dps-ing and still be in the top five.
Always remember that glyphs, enchanting and gems are optional – especially if you’re the tank. People who complain about this being otherwise are apparently “gay”. 80k is supposedly acceptable health for tanking, and yes, it will be argued.
Heroism should be used on the pull. Always. No matter what else happens afterwards. Heal at all times, even when nobody’s injured, to ensure you stay on top of the meters. Popping tranquility whenever it comes off cooldown is essential.
Tanks called Snugglepup are cool.
But, for me, most importantly it beats the hell out of grinding heroic after heroic. And going in with guildies is priceless.
Thanks to Theanorak and Coltoon for some of these reminders. Watch this space for more.