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12-16-2010 @ 8:24PM
To say that pulling threat is always the DPS's fault is ridiculous. Cataclysm is heralding the return of smart DPS. As a hunter (a damn good one, at that) I already have to deal with being grouped into the generalized "huntard" populace. I trap. I misdirect. I use my scatter, silencing, and tranquilizing shots when appropriate. When I see a tank is getting beat on too hard, I throw a distracting shot and kite the hardest hitting mob that's not being focused on until I need to feign and misdirect the mob back onto the tank. If the mob I distract is a caster, I'll use deterrence (which is especially nice when specced into mirrored blades). I know what I'm doing. I consider the most important skills that I bring to any group are empathy and compassion.I understand that tanking is by no means easy anymore. I understand that not everyone is as big into reading about their class and testing different approaches to playstyle as I am. If a tank is continually having threat issues, I'll try to offer some advice or point them in the right direction. If they brush it off, refuse to hear you out, or ignore what you say altogether, then the threat issues are on the tank.The DPS is in place to support the tank. If the tank doesn't accept the support, that is by no means the fault of the DPS. There's a lot of leftover "tank-entitlement" from Wrath in my Dungeon Finder experiences, but there's much more Wrath hold-out from all classes in general.We are in the throes of Cataclysm's growing pains. This settling phase we are going through is akin to us old Vanilla raiders who refused to replace their shiny purples with quest greens when Burning Crusade came along. Eventually everyone will see, quite clearly, that change is essential to surviving in the new figurative and literal landscape of Cataclysm.
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