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3-15-2010 @ 3:56PM
My druid is stacking nothing but stamina, and she's in a smattering of 232 gear with a few 251s from ICC, and cannot shake the stupid 219 staff. She's sitting at around 51k hp self buffed, almost 48% chance to dodge and to crit (not including the ICC debuff of course). This is absolutely ridiculous when you consider this is her tank gear, her EH gear, not her "avoidance/threat" set. But there's almost no difference. I could trade probably 5k hp for another few percents of crit/dodge but it's completely not worth it. Why bother when the numbers are already higher than they ever need to be without me even giving them a passing thought?The numbers, simply put, are just obscene. Consider that in vanilla, the average tank had about 2.5k to 3k, with dps coming in around 1.3k to 1.8k. The difference between a tank and a dps in terms of health pools must seem minuscule to us now but back then, they mattered a lot more. I still remember seeing a screenshot of a tank with 4 to 5 lines of buffs, absolutely buffed with just about every possible spell he could glean in the game, and he was around 4.8k or 5kish. I thought he as an untouchable god. Now, levelling my baby alt beartank, I cringe at what I, and most heroic puggers nowadays, consider a "terribly shallow" 30k pool. (For myself anyway, I know 30k is more than adequate to tank a heroic dungeon).A gear explosion is precisely the right term for this, and I only hope that the re itemization in Cata will fix this, because if it doesn't, by the middle of Cata we could very well be upgrading those crappy bracers with "only" 1299 stam on them for a sweet pair with 1500. And hearing things like "Tank only has 80k hp? Fail."
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