After a night of getting my head handed to me by real people in Arenas, I figured I needed to have the AI work me over in Heroics. So we got a group together.
There was much discussion about which Heroic to do, and who was keyed for what. We eventually decided on Slave Pens.
This was my 3rd trip to the Slave Pens, and I had nearly the same group as my last trip.
Me (Prot Paladin)
Baconstrip (Resto Druid)
Wichita (Elemental Shaman)
Zadorr (Feral Druid)
Origami (Feral Druid)
Two big differences from my last group. One, we had a mage in place of Zadorr, and two, Wichita, our Elemental Shaman had spec'ed Resto for that run.
The lack of CC or a second healer showed up often as we made our run. I could multitank 2 or 3 mobs but with only healer, we couldn't get through the damage. Plus many of the mobs in there have abilities akin to Sunder Armor, which only makes me take more damage.
We wiped multiple times on trash, and once on each boss except for the first, but we got through it. Here again, I was surprised. I had recently gotten a couple of gear upgrades and pushed my hitpoints up to 10.5k unbuffed. I had figured it would make it easier for me to tank, but it didn't seem to help all that much.
After the first wipe on the last boss it finally dawns on us. Zadorr (Feral) should tank, and I should be the 2nd healer. I think the group may have been hesitant to suggest the approach, because I've been so vehement in my refusal to heal in order to pursue the path of tanking.
I have feared that if I start to heal, I'll be forced into that role full time.
I healed my way through the old endgame, and I didn't like it. I don't want to go back to that again. But I think I'm well established enough now that I could have healed with Bacon for this run.
I did heal through the last boss, and we got him down with Zadorr tanking. Of course, after my good run of loot luck the past couple of nights, I didn't see the belt I wanted off him. I did however, come away with three more badges. I need just two to get my libram.
Many of our guild tanks that I've talked to, really prefer to do other things (DPS) when they can, so they like me tanking. I'd much prefer to tank than dps or heal, I guess I'm just weird like that.
I've heard it said that tanking is work, healing is work and DPS is fun. To me, tanking is a blast and I really enjoy doing it. I can see the strain of being a healer has put on Bacon. He can't log in for more than two minutes without being asked/begged to heal a run. It's kind of a vicious cycle. You don't have enough healers so you overwork the ones you do. They quit or reroll, so you have less healers and the cycle begins again.