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11-26-2010 @ 7:32PM
"These are great opportunities for DPS to learn that they might not get a heal."The problem is that in wrath dungeons, it seems like everyone is taking damage, or no one is (except maybe the tank). Meaning, most of the damage that dps is taking is unavoidable (except for obvious things like the frost breath in Utgarde Pinnacle). Also, in lower level dungeons, anyone wearing plate can serve as an off-tank. Once you outgear a place, pretty much anyone can be an off-tank, but this is just what I'm noticing from lower level dungeons.From what I've read, off-tanking as a dps isn't going to happen in cataclysm heroics, not for a while at least. Also, in Wrath, the pre-eminent strategy for most trash and bosses was "Kill it before it can do too much damage to you." I wasn't around for the beginning of wrath when Loken was tough, but from what I've read, the zerg method was the one that was found to be the best. Kill him before a second (or third) lightning nova = win. Combined with a lot of the dps races out there (saurfang, festergut, rotface, putricide, bloodqueen, LK), you have a lot of people trained on tunneling dps abilities.This strategy worked not just in PvE, but also in PvP. (Chase Christian wrote an article about how he switch from doing more CC on his warlock to straight dps, and his 5-man team starting winning more.) I also found this to be true. Since around 3.3.3, I've been hitting BG's as fire mage, and doing nothing but blasting the heck out of everything. Sure, I interrupt spells and will use escape and defensive cooldowns when needed, but other than that, just pure damage. I don't think I've used my polymorph in pvp in the past 6 months.So the bottom line is that I agree with you about dps learning to maybe give up a little dps to take a lot less damage. However, if you're using WoG as ret on yourself, you're probably doing it wrong. A flash of light will heal you for just as much (probably more), and TV hits so hard, you're better off saving your HP for a dps hit, and just heal yourself with FoL. You can probably spare the mana as ret.lol at troll druids though. They're the new huntards/dk's.
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