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1-11-2008 @ 3:17PM
I've tanked all of Kara, healed all of Kara and into SSC and TK so I do understand both sides of the equation. The only thing in your post I agree with is that tanks benefit from having healed and vice versa.What you are failing to understand is the concept of effective health and that when you want to tank content above your gear level as any tank class the single most effective way to ensure success is to stack stam. Many avoidance tanks fail to understand how the RNG in WoW actually works, which leads to a behavior that will sometimes give the appearance of outperforming EH tanks but ultimately lead to situations where no one understands why the tank is a fine red mist and the raid wiped. The fundamental misunderstanding is usually that 50% avoidance means they'll avoid every other attack, but they won't. It means each and every attack has a 50% chance of being avoided, statistics says we'll regularly see that tank take a string of hits. EH tanks understand this fact and instead gear towards ensuring they survive the maximum amount of damage they can possibly take between heals. Avoidance has its place, and no good EH tank will say otherwise, but to prioritize it above meeting certain basic stam requirements will not suceed with the regularity a progressive raid requires. My approach, and it has served me quite well, has been to achieve the required amount of health to survive whatever string of damage I'm going to see worst case(a thrash in phase 2 of Prince for example) and then begin building avoidance to help my healers last longer on mana.
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