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9-26-2010 @ 2:06AM
I don't see the warriors lack of "traditional" CC being an issue like it was in BC. the biggest reason, aside from dual spec, is the change in DPS. Prot warriors can do enough damage currently (the changes make it look like it may be going up as well), that bringing along a second warrior with a tank spec won't be a huge DPS loss like it used to be (which was the biggest reason a second 'tank' was poohed on in BC and vanilla). It might still be a small DPS loss, but in the grander scale, having a toon that can 'hold down' one or more extra mobs and control them could offset the minor dps loss. In BC it was a HUGE dps loss, so the trepidation about having one along was understandable. I don't think it will be the same in Cat (in wrath it didn't' matter, Cc wasn't needed).these are great changes. I am looking forward to my warrior in Cat. But I will probably be doing guild only runs for a while. My experiences in end wrath tanking random pug's have left a sour spot on my palette for random groups. I do not feel like risking my love of my warrior so that i can spend the first few months of wrath listening to endless whining from wrath DPS players as they slowly figure out that AoE-fest isn't the way this game is made to be played. Ill run with my guild until im comfortable enough with the instances that i'm willing to put my head on the block again.I've tanked on my warrior, druid, paladin, and (currently) DK. I tanked in vanilla (though not end game), and remember the first time i learned how to tab-target and sunder (back before devastate was on the horizon) In BC, I remember not so fondly the LoL's I got when i logged in to tank on my prot pally in early BC before the ignorant realized that blizz had made changes, and prot pallys were actually worth their spit in tanking. I remember the challenges early on of tanking with my bear and the limited AoE threat they had in BC.But so far, the random PuG's from wrath have been the worst. I think the tank population will DRASTICALLY reduce initially. Most new tanks are shy on the heroics as they are...if they have no experience marking or leading a group they will be in for a nasty shock. Healers the same. Where tanks have to watch their survival, healers have to watch their resources. no more endless mana pools, they will again (yay) have to choose who will live and who won't (unless the group is managed well, in which case they will only have to worry about the tank).Most of that though is in the hands of the DPS. they will all have to realize that they can't simply go "all out" anymore like they did in wrath. Pacing DPS will be a direct result of managing damage vs. threat. Like it used to be in vanilla and BC. the pre-wrath players will have it easier adjusting (and many, like me, are looking forward to it). The newer wrath-only players will have a choice once(if) they realize the situation. either chock it up to experience and learn how to manage their threat (and targeting, and AoE's), or ragequit, while most likely blaming the tanks or healers in the process :)
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