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5-15-2008 @ 4:29PM
That was a very good article. I'm working my bear tank up now, and I've pugged it 3 nights out of the last 4. The first one was fantastic, with everyone just ON. Threat meters on the majority, very few deaths (except for one wipe at the beginning, which was my fault), almost no overaggro, healer never letting me drop below 30%, just a great experience. Everyone involved is on my friends list now. The second night was good, but we had 2 70s with us, so that's unsurprising. Still, I had to switch back and forth between cat and tank form as the 70 warrior got overwhelmed several times and was unable to hold aggro on enough enemies to keep the healer and dps safe. Last night... ugh. I had two guildies with me, one a 70 healer, and I still died once from trying to get aggro back over and over again from an overzealous mage/hunter combo in BF. If that had been my first experience pugging since returning to the game, I have little doubt I would have just gone dps feral til 70 and not looked back, or at least only tanked for my guild.I've found druids are willing to pug tank more often, in my experience. I think it might be that the repair bill is just so much smaller, even on a night o' wipes, and the tank and dps specs are basically the same with a few tweaks. I think if Blizzard moves a little more in that direction in the next expansion, making it so that all tanks can also DPS, and possibly making repairs on plate cheaper, we might see more people willing to pug.
5-15-2008 @ 4:35PM
"I think if Blizzard moves a little more in that direction in the next expansion, making it so that all tanks can also DPS, and possibly making repairs on plate cheaper, we might see more people willing to pug."They may very well improve repair costs, but for all Tanks improving their DPS ... well, it might increase marginally, but Blizzard has made it fairly clearly that they had a very specific "style" of Tanking in mind for each Tank class. Paladins are "AE Tanks,' Warriors are ... uh, I wanna say "Singular Tanks," but I don't remember right away what the exact term was that was used ... and Death Knights, upon the release of "Wrath," will be "DPS Tanks."
5-15-2008 @ 4:38PM
They've also said, though, that they intend to improve tank DPS across the board. They intend to keep the roles that they've got set, but they've made it pretty clear in some of the WotLK interviews that they know that, much like it sucked for Resto/Holy specs that couldn't even do their dailies in their epics, that it also sucks to be in plate with a sword and shield and be unable to do any real damage.
5-16-2008 @ 2:33PM
Newbie question - if I have Omen loaded, do other people in my group have to have a threatmeter loaded also for me to be able to see their threat?
5-15-2008 @ 9:20PM
The only thing that will have a big impact on the number of tanks available for pugs are:1) Ability to tank in an off-spec (PvP spec especially)
5-16-2008 @ 5:10PM
Repair costs? I'm pretty sure that plate doesn't cost more than cloth these days. I think repair costs are based on iLevel now.
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