I cleared Innocence EX! There are no tank specific mechanics in this Extreme, so it's not some great achievement, merely part of gearing up. What's notable is the lesson I learned.
As some background for those of you who do not play PLD, it has a powerful, fast casting heal spell called Clemency. This heal is only used as a last resort, due to its heavy cost: it breaks your combo, causes massive DPS loss, disrupts the strict PLD rotation, and disables block and movement (unless you cast it under requiescat). But of course, the true test of a skilled PLD is to correctly judge if using it is the right decision. As someone who does not heal, it's very hard for me to make that judgment call.
During the first pull, there was a moment when 1 healer and 1 dps died, and the other was at low health. The surviving healer slowcast 2 raises in a row. I assumed that either the healer would pause to heal me after the 1st raise, or the newly raised healer would do so, and continued attacking without healing myself. However, mechanics killed the newly raised healer before he could top himself up and I died to autoattacks. The party wiped soon after.
You can see my error for yourself:
My decision was bad, there is no excuse for it. When the WHM started slowcasting the 2nd raise, I should have recognized that I might not be healed in time and started to clemency myself. I committed the classic sin - prioritizing personal DPS over the success of the raid. And I failed the #1 responsibility of a tank - stay alive and protect your party.
It was not even for a good cause: if we are hitting enrage, you can argue that PLD should gamble and try to survive without it, because if you clemency the dps loss will cause you to wipe anyway. But the enrage of Innocence is very lenient, so there is no need to sacrifice the party on the altar of DPS.
4 players immediately left after the wipe, including the WHM, my co-tank and 2 dps. I can't blame them. But 4 more players soon joined, including 1 veteran (and possibly more) who arrived to help.
This pull was very relaxed, in fact nobody put down markers and I hastily typed in chat "I'll get w add" to cotank. Again there was a situation when one healer and a bunch of dps died, and the surviving healer had to slowcast raises. This time, I decided to play it safe, and cast 5 Clemencies to heal both MT and the newly raised healer. We survived, and got a 10:23 kill! I think I made the right decision, or at least a better decision, haha. I was even rewarded with 2 tanking accessories!
Thanks to my party for the clear!