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2-19-2010 @ 3:00PM
I can understand that view, but for some, the enjoyment of the game *is* number-mushing; this is especially true with tanks, the best of whom have several different sets of gear for different purposes (I don't run heroics in the same gear that I use to main tank, for example). Number mushing is the reason why sites like Elitist Jerks, Maintankadin, and TankSpot exist, and are so popular. My old warrior class leader from TBC once told me something that has stuck; great tanks are cerebral. I know exactly what he meant. Back in TBC I remember running heroic Underbog with a fully Tier 5 tank who couldn't hold threat in a paper bag; he overgeared the instance and spent it rage starved. And in WLK, I've run heroics with tanks in crafted blues, a couple of DPS pieces, and one or two Naxx epics who could blow some ToC25 geared tanks out of the water on threat, because they understand that in heroics threat, and damage, is more important than a fat health bar.So yeah. Number crunching may not be very warrior-like, but the best tanks realise that gearing theory is as much a part of tanking as mashing your hotkeys.
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