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11-01-2008 @ 3:28AM
I've seen Typhoon used well, knocking an enemy away from the casters and in front of the tank to be easily picked up.Thing is, a) the tank knew it was coming and was OK with trusting the caster to protect the ranged group and b) the caster didn't use it to scatter the group the tank was trying to keep bunched together.The basic problem with the knockback is that the tank is generally not planning for it. Anything that causes things to act unpredictably puts melee and tanks in full on panic mode, be it fear or unasked for CC or extra groups being pulled. Reaction to change may be important for a good tank, but ideally they won't have to.Scattering mobs to the four corners may not seem like a big deal, but it disrupts aggro generation of the tank, possibly wastes valuable cooldowns, means that the tank has to reposition himself with the mobs in a cone in front of him (because if the mob attacks from the side or back, all that fancy dodge and block and parry is gone and the tank takes a lot more damage and the healer has to work much harder with less of an aggro buffer to work with). On top of that, there's the potential for drawing other groups, patrols, and for moving a caster out of range of the tank so it can gleefully heal or spam damaging spells at will.Your extra dps, your mana pool being less than full, your stubborn insistence on using a tool poorly, it's not worth potentially wiping the raid or group if the tank goes down.
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