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1-14-2010 @ 9:40PM
As a warlock, I routinely find myself able to tank casters. I hate people who assume that DPS is so easy to control.Earlier today, I was in a terrible HPoS run. And the problem wasn't (just) that the tank wasn't generating much threat, it's that he was generating INCONSISTENT threat. I would wait 5 to 10 seconds (not an exaggeration) before starting dps. I would get to about 35% aggro with an Immo, Conflag, and Chaos Bolt. That's not too bad, so I continue to cast an Incinerate. It lands for something like 7k, my threat is at 47%. Twice more, my threat is at 60%, I back off and wait for Conflag to come off CD. I'm at 50% again. I cast Conflagrate followed by Chaos Bolt. My Imp crits, causing me to crit. Conflag and CB both crit, followed by the Conflag ticks also critting. I now have aggro because I just did 30K+ damage in two globals and according to Omen the tank didn't generate a single point of threat in that amount of time (he was apparently taunting something). How the Hell is that my fault? Because this tank was also dying if the fights went more than about 30 seconds. The tank would ignore casters, they would aggro to the healer. I pull them off, but I have no way of dragging them to the tank. They're still standing there about 5 feet outside of his shockwave radius. However, I know I can kill them if I get a heal or two. So I get to the point where I just say, "F$#* it" and pop CDs and burn a caster off the bat because I know the tank isn't going to do his job.I'm not saying there aren't fail dps who unload before the tank even pulls or who AoE CCed mobs, but it's NOT always a caster's fault for pulling aggro. Telling a dps he could simply not dps is like telling a healer it's his fault for pulling aggro because the tank still had 15k health left and he didn't HAVE to heal him.DPS should be able to expect reasonably consistent threat generation from the tank, so that surprise crits don't pull aggro. Furthermore, this article mentions auto-attacking a ton. Are you suggesting casters start fights by auto-attacking (not all casters even have wands)? Because most casters' abilities are heavy-hitting crit-capable spells, not little auto-attacks we can use to figure out where the tank is on dps.And finally, we have to look at what's fun. Dps play dps because they find it fun to dps. Healers and tanks my not enjoy themselves when dps pull aggro and die, because that hampers how they do their job. But dps don't enjoy it when they can't do their job, for the very same reason. The tank is just as much to fault for an instance not being enjoyable as the dps if there are aggro problems, assuming the dps is letting the tank pull.
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