Well, four gnomes between 15 and 18 queued up for LFG yesterday and we hit the deadmines.
In our party we had:
Warrior Tank – Age 11 – New to Dungeons that don’t involve a 80+ toon carrying them along. (Youngest Daughter)
Priest Healer – 30-something Playing since Wrath. (Me)
‘Lock DPS – 30-something Playing since Vanilla
Mage DPS – Age 13 – Quiet possibly her first time in a dungeon ever. (Older Daughter)
First of all, next time we queue, I’m going to let whoever joins the four of us know:
“Hey, welcome! Just to give you advance warning, our tank and our mage are both kids and are still learning to play. We plan on teaching them as we go through, but we ask you be a little patient with us as they are learning.”
I thought of this halfway through. Our random rogue, who ironically wore the title “the Patient,” kept running ahead and killing things before we even got there and killed all the trash to one boss while we waited for our Mage to reboot due to PC issues.
I figure from now on, if I let folks know up front, at least they know what they are in for and if they want to drop, so be it.
That said, I’m having difficulty figuring out how to teach my young tank how to tank. She knows she needs to hold onto everything. I’m trying to figure out how to teach her how to pay attention to everything around her. Quite often I would mention other MoBs involved and she would be like “Huh? Where?”
If I tried to get her to mark things and establish a kill order, would any random 5th actually follow it?
More frustrating is the lack of skills at our level:
Hey, there are like 5 mobs right there, all clumped together and we have no AoE and she has no way to establish AoE threat.
It was an easy run, with no wipes, but I’m struggling to figure out how to teach her to tank…
Heh, I almost wish there was a nice “invincible” group of mobs that she could gather up and then I would actively try and pull threat off of her. Granted, I guess threat isn’t the main mechanic for tanks in this brave new Azeroth, but still “Don’t let things attack your group” is still a pretty core concept.