Maps For Tanks is written and maintained by the author and cartoonist of Disciplinary Action.
My goal was to provide quick and informative maps through dungeons for first-time or novice tanks, since I got tired of people shouting at me in LFD.
You can follow along on Twitter at @DiscoPriest and email any time at disciplinaryaction at yahoo dot com.
There are currently seventy instances in Warcraft. Every single time my tank hit the LFD I would, without fail, get the one I couldn’t navigate.
When you’re tanking a PUG and you pull out your map or hesitate for longer than half a nanosecond, things can get a little abusive. Someone says, “THIS way!!!!!1!!” and starts hopping up and down in place, and then the next thing you know the DPS is running ahead and pulling bosses and your healer quits in disgust.
The Tank is calm.
The Tank is in control.
The Tank knows where his towel is.
It’s very difficult to project that aura of ironclad authority when your rogue is hopping on one leg as though he’s about to pee himself and moaning that they never get any tanks who know how to pull Wailing Caverns, and my MAIN character, who is a Paladin tank, thankyouverymuch, I never get lost or take this long and P.S., have you heard of aggro?
I get lost a lot. A lot.
I earned my Explorer title before anything else because I spent so much time wandering in confusion. It was a problem in LFD, but I couldn’t find any maps that said ‘THIS WAY, GO THIS WAY, YOU STUPID BEAR’. When pugs start to agitate, to do that hop-on-one-leg-this-way-this-way-hurry! thing, the confusion got even worse. In the end, I stopped tanking and went back to the easy delights of healing (which is a picnic compared to dealing with healers).
So I resolved to draw myself a path through all the instances, a simple series of arrows and the occasional ‘THIS WAY, GO THIS WAY, YOU STUPID BEAR’ notes, because I am a stupid bear. As I was working on this project, it occurred to me I could draw in electronic ink instead of pencil, and put my little collection up for all the stupid bears and paladins and warriors and death knights to enjoy together.
May the path be ever clear!
How Does This Happen?
Originally, I thought I’d level a new Paladin through all the instances, but she was gaining levels so quickly that she fast outstripped the level caps for lower instances. Now, I use my Death Knight to run the instances that my Paladin has accidentally skipped, but I have run all the instances at level at one time or another, and have leveled Warrior and Druid tanks as well.
The useful characters are Fabula (H) – Drenden, Paladi,n and Hecatomb (H) – Drenden, Death Knight. If you ever see them out and about, give a wave!