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3-10-2009 @ 10:42PM
Easier. Definitely. I wasn't tanking in vanilla (I was addicted to my rogue at the time), but once TBC was out, I had my trusty warrior. First TBC run ... Ramparts. On the very first pull in the very first instance you have two mobs who hit hard and disarm, and if you don't pull back far enough or kill fast enough, you've got an even harder hitting mob who stuns. In subsequent pulls you've got a pat to deal with, groups with stealth seeing mobs, mix of melee, caster and ranged, a group of fearing mobs that you have to kill or they respawn, a pat who calls adds if you don't burn him, and the boss is patting through the last part of the first region.Constrast that to my first Wrath run, Nexus. The pats are pretty much self contained, in that they aren't walking past stationary pulls. With a couple exceptions, the pulls are 3-mobs or fewer. Nothing incapcitates the tank.Then there's the talent changes. I can now frontload AoE threat in a way that was impossible in TBC. Thunderclap + Shockwave and the dps can go to town, versus making sure I'm far enough away from the CC'd mob to TC, then constantly changing targets so to not lose aggro to a DoTted mob.However, maybe it's also skill + gear. When I was starting tanking in TBC, I'd only tanked the vanilla instances up through Sunken Temple. But on entering Wrath, I'd had, what, a year and a half of raid main tanking experience? As for gear, entered TBC in old-world greens and blues, a TBC quest reward or two, and that's it. I think my HP was below 8k, and I was still specced for dps. Come Wrath, I was wearing all the tanking badge gear you could buy and epics from the old end game. Think I had somewhere around 25k hp.
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