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12-21-2010 @ 8:30PM
Im sorry but you couldn't be more wrong about using Rune of Stoneskin Gargoyle. At this point in the game anyways. Stamina is no longer king. Yes its still better for us than most but, Sword Shattering is currently the better tanking rune. SSG really only boasts a 2% armor these days. That 4% stamina really doesnt do you much good with current levels of incoming damage. Gone are the days where tanks had to fear being 2 shot. Bosses are only hitting me for around 1/10th of my healthpool. Healers no longer have the ability to readily keep everyone, tanks included, at 100% health. The 4% stamina isnt doing much for you when your only at 100% health while your eating mage biscuits.
12-21-2010 @ 8:42PM
I agree that we shouldn't be blindly stacking stam - avoidance/mitigation will help our healers out a lot. Don't forget, though, that much of our self-healing scales with our health (rune tap springs to mind, even more so when glyphed, and death strike to a certain extent, depending how much incoming damage there is).
12-21-2010 @ 9:12PM
Tierna, You're certainly right that Stamina is not Emperor anymore, and I did imply that in the opening paragraphs of this article. At higher levels, it is theoretically better to choose one of the avoidance runeforges. However, at this level, which is to tank heroics, there's too many variables to choose from, and I want to make it simple for newbie tank death knights who will often be running dungeons with PuG healers who won't always be fast on the heal buttons or good at mana management anyway. In addition, Solecizm is right. Stamina is still a very important stat for us, and It's not clear that a heroic-tanking death knight will reach the point where it become demonstrably better to stack mastery and avoidance before stamina anyway. I will definitely discuss the new stamina paradigm in a future column, though.
12-22-2010 @ 8:01AM
Not to mention even at this point noone really knows what stats are best. The best advice I saw on EJ was to go for gear level, reforge mastery, and don't worry about stacking a particular stat. People have only been raiding for 2 wks now so not a lot of research has been done at all.
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