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11-27-2009 @ 8:08PM
I guess I don't really read the comments too much on the official forums, at least for tanking. As far as EH goes, I usually think more in terms of "time to live without a heal" when I am choosing my tanks. I think EH and Avoidance are two sides of the same coin within that equation, so -EH/Avoidance + Cooldowns + Damage Reduction Abilities = Time to LiveThe real question is whether to stack EH or stack Avoidance, because CDs and Damage Reduction is something that is strongly controlled for by your class. In that case, EH is definitely the winner because EH can mitigate all incoming damage (more health is always good, no matter what type of damage is coming in) whereas avoidance only helps with anything that can be miss, which is usually physical attacks.Also, the difference between EH and Avoidance is the style of healing required. EH stacking makes the healer give out constant small heals and get into a rhythm. It is easier to have a string of misses, and then BAM a bad streak and you're dead as an avoidance tank. There has to be a balance, but as far as gemming goes, its really best to gem for stamina if at all possible.Now as for class balance, they all have their cooldowns and some are more powerful than others. I would say that Paladins are definitely in the best shape at the moment as far as total time-to-live goes. the new Ardent Defender is just really nice when you just need that extra moment to get a heal off. It obviously isn't about the sheer number of cooldowns anymore, or otherwise you'd see more DK main tanks.So, yes Paladins are currently at the top of the heap in this healer's opinion, but not so bad that I wouldn't want to heal any of the other tanks, even on hardmodes, unless its something encounter specific, like Anub adds.
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