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5-15-2008 @ 6:15PM
Haha it's all so horribly true... in the past week i have alsoencountered a warlock needing on MY tanking cloak, a hunter who couldn't trap (because "traps suck bro"), several mages who never resheep, rogues (and a shaman) who mistakenly believe they leveled a warrior/tank, a ret paly with a shield...And to cap it all off, a mage who pulled half a dozen mana worms which i quickly (and barely) tanked off him only to die on the last killing blow because our healer was afk (which is why we were waiting) when he pulled them... to which he said "lol"... not even sorry... should have just left him to it n headed back to the instance door til they reset in retrospect... but what kinda tank takes that attitude... gotta love a death defying rescue effort now and then :pThough needless to say, i left after that...and the last thing he did was call me a noob for leaving... /banned... i would stick to the people on my friends list but they're all healers bar one mage from my guild.Good dps are so few and far between... which is amazing considering it's the EASIEST JOB IN WOW! i mean c'mon, all you have to do is ATTACK THINGS IN THE ORDER I MARK THEM UP! and maybe WHEN ASSIGNED CC KEEP AN EYE ON THEM FROM TIME TO TIME?IT'S NOT DIFFICULT! lol(Capitals for any dps that happen to be reading this, just wanna drill that into their minds :p)However on a plus note, i have occasionally (very very occasionally) found a group where it all goes so smoothly that half way through i'm not even marking more than skull for first kill and cc just do their thing, though it usually turns out i'm playing with alts and pretty much the entire group have tanks or healers as their mains. *faux shock* :oanyway, venting over :p ... and good article man :)
5-15-2008 @ 11:06PM
Ok, right at first, I was offended. If you really think that DPS is the easiest job in the world, then you must be one of the smartest people in the world. Depending on my spec, I have alot of different options available to me. Right now, I play a hunter. I can't say if I'm a huntard or not, because I'm still learning. I practice chain trapping, and recently was introduced to the idea of using traps as interrupts. As a Beast Mastery Hunter, a good portion of my DPS comes from my friend, Styx, a cat. Ever tried to decide whether or not to pull back a pet, because how many times does that one last pet attack kill your target before he aggroe's the next group? Also, depending on the tank, it's very possible that my pet will pull a mob off the tank, so do I let my pet have free with it? Yes, my pet will survive, but then you have the tank sitting there having a heart attack, because they think they have lost aggro. I don't blame them for that at all, I sometimes heal on my paladin. I can't tank at all, and I know it. Eventually, I intend to respec as Marksmanship Hunter. Now, all of a sudden, I have several more damaging shots I can work with, and suddenly, I'm having to decide exactly where I need to activate each one to maximize my DPS. Aimed shot seems mostly useable as a starting shot, because if I try to use it in the middle of my autoshot rotations, I lose one of my autoshots. This doesn't even begin to start considering the "Crowd Control" of a Hunter. My Ice Trap lasts about 20 second at 70, with a 30 second CD. Traps last less time the lower the level, though I'm not really certain when it changed. As far as my pet is concerned, I had to go out and find beasts I could tame, to manage to get the necessary skills to bring his DPS up to a proper level. It just seems to me that the statement of it's the easiest job in the world is completely false. It IS the easiest job in the world to be a Huntard, it's not, however, the easiest job in the world to be a GOOD DPS.
5-16-2008 @ 11:36AM
ok, so yes, you need to maximize your dps... and your pet, yes you need to keep it healed... and your traps, yes they have a longer cooldown than they last... however...a) clever traps... learn it.b) get omen, work out a rotation of your abilities with maximum damage output... dps until your just below the tank in threat... job done.c) Your traps... you have a specific length of time until they fail... you should know when they're about to and you can focus on being ready to kite then trap them again.Though this isn't usually a problem since with hunters i tend to only ask them to do it once, because i always take a mage with me... this allows me to cc 2 mobs, nuke one during trap time then be ready to pick up that mob and add it to the group i'm tanking.Though good chain trapping is always welcome, i'm usually confronted by a hunter who's still dpsing whilst being charged down and about to be hit in the back of the head by the mob they trapped if i ask for that.d) As for your pet stealing agro... as long as he's attacking the right target this will rarely if ever happen... well, with a good tank... and if he does get agro, the tank will get it back again within seconds.There are alot of pets i've just left to die because i got sick and tired of hunters trying to off tank mobs instead of focusing on the marked targets (even when i told them repeatedly).And yes, your job is the easiest in the game... all you need do is focus on your threat meter, attacking and remember your trap timers... i need to focus on everything and everyone, so does the healer.Though i will admit in a very good group tanking isn't that hard. What makes tanking hard is the unexpected and stupid mistakes made by others...And nah, you don't seem like a huntard timothy... your reply was well thought out and intelligible... and you didn't call me a noob once :pgz
5-23-2008 @ 7:25PM
I am my guild's raiding MT, and I have a 25 man raid MH in another guild , AND I have a raiding DPS.Yes, maximizing dps takes learning your class, and yes CC takes attention. However, the stress level of DPS vs. tanking or healing...is almost nothing. That is where the "dps is easy" comes from.It has to do with focus, attention and the challenge of dealing with the unexpected.Until you play all three, it is hard to understand...but yes, dps is less work.~Nailgun
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