Originally Posted by Motion4Life
Its funny how many people think that diving into enemy team and absorbing all the damage is called "tanking"....even funnier when it gets down to moba games.
If we die doing our jobs, that is called tanking.
Our job duties include:
- Posing enough of a threat to become the target of focus fire.
- Using all forms of Crowd Control (including body blocking) to force the enemy into staying in a bad position for a team fight. (We call this initiating)
- Using all forms of Crowd Control (including body blocking) to give your carries the safety and security necessary to down the enemy without dying themselves.
- Being hard enough to kill, to force the enemy to waste all forms of cooldowns if they're really desperate to get that "2 second instant-gib" on you - thereby making them ineffective by the time the rest of the team forces the team fight you initiated, and guaranteeing your team a victory in the team fight.
If we die because of the fourth and final duty, especially after a flawless initiation - we still did our jobs.
So yes. That is called tanking.