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5-24-2010 @ 8:23AM
DKs: Every DK spec has access to Icebound Fortitude, and each spec gets some sort of cooldown of their own. Unholy gets Bone Shield (which scales with avoidance), Frost gets Unbreakable Armor, and Blood gets Rune Tap. So, currently, each spec of DK will tank a little differently. Healing a Blood DK is more like healing a Druid - lots of health, and they take a little more damage. Healing a Frost DK (you can pick them out nowadays because they usually are dual wielding 1 handers) is pretty similar to shield tanks, and healing an Unholy DK should in theory be "spikier" due to their reliance on avoidance.Unholy DK threat is fine by the way. They just are lacking in snap aggro. However, it is true that they are a vanishing species - most progression tanks are blood, while most DKs who are gearing up will probably be frost.I think you could go a little more in-depth into block. The deal with block is that it is based on a value determined by your strength (and the amount of value on your gear). The amount of damage it prevents is static. Say, for instance, that a tank's block will absorb 2k (physical only) damage. Well, every time they block, the hit will be 2k less than normal. What that means for healers is that on trash packs and heroics, block tanks will take only negligible damage when they are overgeared. However, on bosses, block just isn't that hot: removing 2k off of a 40k hit isn't much.Block tanks don't really stack the stat, at least for progression. Paladins will block nearly every hit because of Holy Shield, but again that is more helpful on trash than it is on bosses.Warrior threat isn't that bad anymore. People who complain about warrior threat are like the people who complain about Holy Priests being underpowered: there's something wrong between the chair and the keyboard :) In raids, if your other tank(s) are Paladins, then the Paladin might end up tanking all the trash except one or two mobs that the warrior taunts off of him, but for heroics, and for everything that matters, warriors are fine.Here's a pet peeve of mine: Massive Paladin threat right now comes from Hammer of the Righteous and Seal of Command. Not (just) from Consecrate. There are a lot of (bad) Paladin tanks out there who think that Consecrate is the be-all, end all of Paladin tanking. IF you hear "wait for Consecrate!" from your Paladin, Watch out.I don't think there's a bad perception against Druid tanks. They're just BORING TO PLAY. I wouldn't go around expecting most Druid tanks to rebirth people unless you know them very well. That's not exactly standard operating procedure.
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