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4-21-2010 @ 1:14AM
1. I'd have to disagree highly with those who say a fully specced catcannot tank. Cats no longer need to spec into Improved Mangle due tothe lengthening of the Mangle debuff duration from 12s to 60s. A catwilling to drop the 5 points from Feral Aggression (a 1% DPS loss,assuming perfect rotations, which is nearly impossible) can pick up aspec like this: http://www.wowhead.com/talent#0ZxGMsfrz0eocIuVkbAczbThis loses 6% dodge and 10% armor over an full-bearspec. Is it optimal for tanking? No- but it can quite easily tankheroics and previous-tier raids. Also, all bear cooldowns are off theGCD, so I can go from pulling 10k DPS in ICC to emergency tanking for10-15 sec with 40K HP, 33% damage reduction, 50% avoidance(pre-Chill), and 30k armor...in the span of 2 GCD's. No other class can match that.2. Feral PvP has some serious issues. Savage Roar is such a hugecomponent of feral DPS that it's critical to have it up at all timesas a cat, but having to burn a finisher on it really hurts our burstpotential from stealth...especially because it's considered an enrageeffect and is removable. No Vanish, so no escaping bad situations likea rogue can. Bear form has good survivability, but good luck trying tokill anybody with it, and the stun is on a 60s CD. Let's not eventalk about the positional requirements, especially for people withlatency.
4-21-2010 @ 1:15AM
Oh, and great article as usual Allison.
4-21-2010 @ 11:22AM
1) That's an interesting spec. Somewhat similar to what I use for my PvP/heroic tanking spec, except I don't have master shapeshifter. Something like this http://www.wowhead.com/talent#0ZxGMsfrdoeRIcuVkbA0z2) Idk how you can both have that kind of good DPS and good tanking stats with the same gear on. I know what you're saying about being able to tank easy heroics though.
4-21-2010 @ 11:49AM
DW,Those stats are for emergency tanking (while the MT gets a brez, etc)...that's blowing all your Bear CD's (SI, Barkskin, Enrage with 4pT10 bonus). After those are down, you go back to having
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