I am very appreciative of the opportunity I got last night to be one of the two tanks on Gruul. I owe a big thanks to Trey (Tralic) and to Drew (Brindall/Valdrin). Either of them has the pull within the guild to take over either of those tanking spots without an issue. So to a certain extent, they along with Dora (our GM and Raid Leader), let me be the Hurtful tank.
Most guilds that I have talked two have about 4 solid tanks (2 Warriors, a Feral Druid, and a Prot Paladin). I think last night went a long way in establishing myself as one of the core tanks of this guild.
I think my purchase of the Merciless Gladiator's Gavel was key to being able to do the job well. Prior to the purchase, I had to swap in a bunch of spell damage gear to reach 350 spell damage. Last night I was in full tanking gear (uncritable, uncrushable) and reached 404 spell damage. This allowed me to have more avoidance (parry, dodge) and more hitpoints and armor to be able to take the hits. Speaking of my hit points, Raid buffed I was sitting at 17.5k hit points. Not bad. 2.3 can't get here fast enough with the new stamina talent.
I didn't manage to get any loot from Gruul, but honestly I didn't care. There will be other nights for that. I just hope our guild doesn't fall into the trap of thinking that since we got him down last night, now he's easy. It will in all likelihood be a different group of characters next time we face him so the results could be good or could be bad. We don't have an established group of raiders (or if we do, I don't know about it, lol).
After the raid last night, I got a tell from one of the guys who had been in the raid with me. No, this wasn't from the healer who I've had the issue with. He wasn't in the raid last night for whatever reason. It came from someone else.
That tell was better than any epic I couldn't have gotten off of Gruul last night. People's eyes are being opened.
It seems there is a movement in the guild to go to Void Reaver next. I wonder though, if we shouldn't do Magtheridon. Mag is something of a Raid Coordination check, and we'll need that kind of coordination if we hope to make headway in Serpentshrine and Tempest Keep. It could also highlight some of the issues of the lack of a steady raid roster. Also, since everyone thinks he's "easy", they might not be as prepared as they should be.
I'm still sitting around 2500g for my epic mount. Halfway there.
I'm even more sure of my decision to go Engineering with everything I learn about the next patch. Blizzard is really making it a nice profession. My buddy Raist has been super helpful in gathering mats. I've got most of the stone I need, just need a bit of dense. I've got all the Mithril. Now comes the rough part, Thorium, Fel Iron, and Adamantite.
I'm going to have to clean house on my bank to get some more space to hold all this stuff.
Lastly, thank you to everyone who voted in my alt poll. You people are just as undecided as I am. Ironically, Origami from Heroes Inc made almost the exact same post in his blog today.