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Problems holding aggro? 
3rd-Jun-2011 07:15 am
Hello, wow_noobs!

I've been playing the game for about 7-8 months now and just recently started studying the game mechanics and delving into PvE roles. I currently have a lvl 60 protpally that I've been using to tank in PUG dungeons. I'm still in the learning process and things have been going along pretty smoothly. However, recently, I've been running into the problem with not holding aggro when it comes to playing with the occasional "overgeared" players. Since this toon is currently my highest and first one (I had to start over on a different server), I can't really afford to twink out my baby tank with heirlooms and expensive armor.

I use Omen as my threat meter and it shows these certain players attracting mobs easily and ripping bosses off me as if it were nothing. I don't doubt that some of them are possibly doing it to test me but it becomes daunting to have to pull them back to me.

So basically my question is...does having better gear make the mobs more likely to attack you?

My overall average armor level is 65, I have lots of strength and stamina stacked, I even just purchased some glyphs in AH hoping that will help. Also my rotation is pull with Avenger's Shield > Hammer of the Righteous > Judgement > Consecration > Hammer of the Righteous > Shield of the Righteous > repeat.

I've been looking up and down for a solution to this problem but couldn't really find a straightfoward answer.

Thanks for the help!
3rd-Jun-2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
unfortunately, there's not a whole lot you're going to be able to do about this while leveling up. even kitted out in good blues, you will have a dps in lots of heirloom gear over threat you. i leveled my paladin up by tanking and i ran into the same problems too.

in addition to your normal rotation, you can use holy wrath as another AoE ability. it stuns only demons and undead, but will still damage other types of creatures. you can use righteous defense on another player to taunt three mobs that are attacking them, so sometimes if you see early on in a dungeon that someone is going to keep pulling aggro, you can make a RD macro that will always cast on that person and then spam it repeatedly.

and just as a reminder, there is always the vote to kick button. if a dps is being particular bad and always running into the pull before you, just go ahead and kick them. as the tank, you really need to be in control of the situation and it's impossible when you have another player there like that.
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