Blizzard have claimed they are issuing a call to arms.
They in fact are not. It is a call to prot, bear, and blood. For paladins, druids, death knights and warriors, this is an out and out social bribe to get you to tank more.
We will find a new 'wave' of tanks that need to learn to play. It is up to the community as to what happens with them. Personally I fear that we will see another 'wave' of DPS geared and talented tanks, sometimes in tanking stances, with more concerns about DPS agro and dying because of it.
For the record, my opinion about the shortage of tanks is that it is the DPS's fault. As a learning DPS you may be told to learn to play, but really no one cares in a 5 man. The only thing that makes it anywhere near a DPS race is healer mana. As a learning or levelling tank, you have to work much harder than DPS to maintain agro. As tank, you need to keep agro off the healer, and stay alive, but most 'leet' DPS want to you keep agro off them too. If DPS are co-operative, tanking is relatively easy. If the DPS does not take a small amount of care they can make a learning tank's job hell. I was that learning tank mid way through wrath. I have the personality to work on the role that I fail most at, so I survived. I now am a 'good' (but not great) tank, but know many players that would rather do anything else simply not to have to fight with their party or raid members.
DPS (whether they know it or not) will be the primary beneficiaries of bribes to tanks, due to shorter dungeon queues. Raiders as a whole will also benefit as they eventually will have a larger group to call on for tanking.
I have an 85 healing priest, an 85 tanking DK, and an 85 warlock. My warlock has stepped into maybe 2 dungeons. The role I currently find hardest is healing, so my priest gets all my current time. The fact that I am sometimes short healers often helps.
DPS - rejoice in your new wave of wrongly geared and inexperienced tanks. They are what means you can run your dungeons with only 1/2 the queue you would otherwise have. Train them well, and help them out. Re-learn crowd and teach your tanks how to not break it. If not, you will find your dungeon queues doubling yet again.
Edit: 'Carrying a tank' by Troll Racials are overpowered (Language warning)
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