I always knew this day would come.

I was a tank all through Burning Crusade. A proper tank, no less, none of that arms specced but tanking anyway nonsense you could get away with in the original raid game. I was prot spec and I liked it! Sure, our AoE threat was ludicrously bad. Sure, I had to spam Devastate and HS so much that I grew a nasty cyst on my wrist. Sure, I kept having to deal with DPS players who had never tanked a day in their lives giving me tanking advice in the middle of a fight. To say I got stressed out would be an understatement. To say I ran screaming to a guild I'd been in back in the old days of WoW to take up a DPS spec and get as far away from tanking as I could would be accurate.

Flash forward almost a year from November of 2008, when Wrath of the Lich King came out. I've been DPS from the dizzying highs of Titan's Grip fury in Naxxramas to the horrifying lows of post-damage tax gimped TG, the only 51 point talent that is simultaneously mandatory for a spec to do competitive damage and yet the reason it can't do competitive damage. I've tried Arms, and liked it, but found it dropping behind as gear improves. In the end, DPS warriors are the only hybrid class which is actually, significantly behind the pure DPS classes. Meanwhile, in my prot offspec my threat just keeps getting better as I get more and more offspec gear. I've had my year vacation from tanking and I've endured the ups and the downs of DPS. Plus I went and tanked on a completely different class and that helped me realize how much I missed the incredibly active warrior style of tanking.

Recently my guild leader took me aside and offered me a shot at tanking again. It's not main tanking, thankfully... I don't think I could handle that level of stress in my life right now and my wrist wouldn't thank me for it either. But I'll get to be Prot spec in raids, I'll get to tank bosses in 25 mans again (tonight was TotC and TotGC 25... Northrend beasts is an annoying fight) and that's pretty much all I wanted. I'm a tank again. My flirtation with Titan's Grip has run its course, and I'm home.

How about you, gentle readers? We're coming up on the one year anniversary of Wrath... are you where you thought you would be? Same spec as BC? Entirely new class, new role? What are you doing with yourself as we approach the Frozen Throne for the final stretch of WotLK?

This article was originally published on WoW Insider.