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4-13-2008 @ 3:46AM
The real problem here is that the author is attempting to excuse hybrids for inadequate DPS/healing. No one gives anyone the benefit of the doubt in terms of tanking, so why should other hybrids be given the green light to slack? Today I entered TK for the first time as a (mainly tank partially T4) feral druid (in a T4/5 guild - actually the guild that crashed a large number of servers this afternoon when we rolled Kazzak), and when we hit VR, I allowed the raid leader to control the group. Afer a couple of attempts due to ranged DPS problems with orb handling, I chose to kitty DPS in tank gear... and I out-DPSed the entire raid. The next attempt I switched to kitty gear and DPSed the entire fight. At the end of the fight, I contributed 13.8% of the total damage...with #2 at 8.9%. At this point you have to choose 1 of 3 options: All of our guild's DPS was retarded, I am the most elite 2 piece tier 4 hybrid ever... or we give hybrids too much leash in terms of DPS slacking. If it helps you make this decision, just prior to TK we knocked out all 5 of Magtheridon's channelers before Mag attacked (while I tanked and then died while cat-DPSing). My feral was partied with 3 rogues and a ret. pally (no warrior or totem buffs for me, though there were 2 rogues who benefited from both of those and a feral buff), and yet I crushed DPS. In short, you can't let hybrids off the hook for DPS or healing just because they have "hybrid potential". Sometimes a prot pally tanks, sometimes a resto shammy heals, and sometimes YOU SHOULD JUST EXPECT YOUR FERALS TO CONTRIBUTE MORE THAN JUST A 5% CRIT BUFF TO MELEE!!!!! Just because I could heal or tank while I throw the raid a paw doesn't mean I can't also embarrass 14 other DPSers by a WIDE margin.
4-13-2008 @ 4:52AM
1.) Void Reaver is a fight tilted in favor of the melee. You stand there and DPS to your hearts content while the healers heal you through Pounding. The ranged DPS dodge orbs. This is a fight tailored to give melee DPS the edge. You should be placing higher than equally geared mages and such here. If youre not, you're doing it wrong.2.) Your group had no warrior or enhancement shaman. A Ret Paladin is quite nearly gimp without Windfury, and some of the biggest utility buffs that Rogues can be given were completely missing. Yes, Feral Druids can do very well on the damage meters when your raid's composition is very far from ideal.3.) It is not difficult to down all of the Channelers before Magtheridon is loose anymore.4.) I am pretty sure you did not even read the article, or you would have seen the second paragraph stating the following:"Before I go on, I'd like to reiterate my disclaimer on this topic: Just because your class or spec is not expected to top damage meters, that does not mean you should become complacent about your DPS or Healing effectivenessity(use it, love it) in a raid. You should always strive to be a better player and find ways to improve yourself. If you think you've hit the ceiling of what you can accomplish, work harder to break through it."Sorry, you can try again later!
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