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4-27-2010 @ 8:48PM
As a DK who has been tanking since Ulduar, I have a tip of my own to contribute for those blood tanks with AoE-happy groups:You know how Blizzard removed the threat component from Pestilence, which makes AoE tanking with DnD on cooldown very awkward, especially if you don't spec into morbidity? There's a way around this!Pull the group, then quickly hit blood boil to get threat on them. IT + PS your target of choice, then pestilence. Then hit Blood Tap and blood boil again! This should get you enough threat on the targets so your party members can AoE a bit while you wait for DnD. Also if DnD still has 15+ seconds left after you do that, try to Death Strike as many targets as you can. Treat it like the DK version of shield slam.
4-28-2010 @ 1:27AM
I'm just now leveling as a blood tank, but I've seen the same... BB is great for getting group aggro. This is roughly the rotation I've been using on pulls:IT->PS->(PestilenceBB)->DSAfter the initial pull, I tend to spam DS and either BB (for 3/4+ mobs) or HS (for 1-3 mobs). If DPS is slow, I'll try to keep Pestilence going for the first 1-2 rounds of disease duration, but often I find that I've got a comfortable lead on threat after the initial Pestilence... BB and the occasional taunt will keep everyone in line.I might find a completely different experience when I get to 80... I'll probably need to use DnD more frequently until I catch up on gear. But at any rate, it seems like BB is vastly underutilized for blood tanking. I would use it over HB on any pull with 4+ mobs, and most fights with just three mobs.I have talked to other blood tanks who have said "lol, I never use BB". Then again, I've seen a lot of blood tanks who can't hold group aggro for the life of them.
4-28-2010 @ 11:13AM
Pretty good idea; when DnD is down I always throw two BBs down at first. Worry about disease later. This is irregardless of spec imo. If trash is not dead by the time your two BBs are up then do the IT-PS-Pest or HB-OB or what not. Try to look at it from this perspective. Your job is to get aggro, hold aggro, and not die.
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