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3-05-2011 @ 12:09PM
question for the queue what is a good time to start tanking and what class would be the best to start tanking with
3-05-2011 @ 12:30PM
If you're 85 and have a character that you're thinking about playing his tank spec with, I would start with normal level 85 dungeons. Actually, you might tank Northrend dungeons for friends; it will be an easier way for you to get your feet wet without being too difficult.If you're about to roll a character you want to tank with, start tanking right away. You'll get instant queues and you'll have a great head start on how to tank.Actually...before you tank anything, read up on tanking concepts, and techniques for the class you choose. There is no difference between the various tank classes that would make one "the best", otherwise Blizzard would just do away with the other three altogether. Each class has advantages: paladins can bubble themselves and heal in a pinch, can multi-target pull, long range stun, and AoE tank with consecrate, but are highly vulnerable to silences; warriors are probably the most mobile, have a long range silence, lots of short range stuns/interrupts/silences but have limited self healing, can AoE tank well with Rend and Thunder Clap, and only their shouts and Thunder Clap are vulnerable to silences; death knights are better than warriors at self healing, can AoE tank with Death and Decay and Blood Boil, but their diseases (probably, I'm not sure) are susceptible to magic resistance and silences, and since they don't use shields they need high parry; druids have very high dodge and health because they wear leather and don't use a shield, can rejuvenate themselves, but are the weakest for AoE tanking.I'm sure other readers will correct me on those and other fine points (I have limited knowledge of DK and druid tanking), but the main point is that each class has its strengths and weaknesses, but all four classes are perfectly capable of tanking. It's moreso the skill of the player in holding threat and self-preservation that determines how good that tank is.
3-05-2011 @ 12:46PM
If you are rolling a new character, I would suggest not starting with a druid for tanking. I'm leveling one through the DF as a tank right now and it is kind of difficult. Mine's level 57, and I still have pretty much only one ability that gives AoE threat, and it's on a 6 sec CD. If you want a fairly easy first tanking character, I'd suggest paladin. On trash pulls, particularly at low level, you will have virtually unshakable threat, so you can concentrate on developing other tanking skills like watching for pats, positioning, health cooldowns, etc.
3-05-2011 @ 12:47PM
I have previously leveled as a prot-warrior and got into tanking during BC. When I had a bunch of Ulduar agility gear, my boomkin respec'd into bear and I began tanking during wrath as bear.For my newly minted Prot-Pali, I leveled as Prot but didn't do any dungeons until Wrath. I knew every dungeon inside and out and so I could hit my comfort zone with tanking them. Being in all heirlooms and being a paladin, I had no problems and it was nice practice. I'm now 73 and think I've gotten most of my key-bashing figured out.So, really I think the best answer is "it depends on your comfort level". Try to find dungeons you've done before that you know well. The more people in your group that you know, the more comfortable you are. (When a friend in late wrath wanted to get back into tanking, she was worried about the "go go go!" mentality. So I took a healer and another friend took a dps. No worries about someone trying to kick her. :)
3-05-2011 @ 1:36PM
DK tanking is relatively easy, since their basic rotation is the same as DPS, and you have a instant ability to gain a lot of threat quickly with Rune strike, but you get it at lv67, so Threat management in BC dungeon 58-66 will be moderately difficult compared to the other tanking classes.Other then that, its simple, just put your Diseases on your target with Icy Touch and Plague Strike (use outbreak after lv81), hit pestilence to spread them around on multi-target pulls, use blood boil on multi-target pulls, use Death and Decay on Multi-target pulls, use rune-strike when you dodge or parry (keep this key-bound to a button you can hit easily on reflex, I use the ~ tilde key so i can tap it with my pinky), make sure you have scarlet fever spec'd, as it will reduce incoming physical damage from all targets afflicted with blood plague, and when you're not all that, just follow this rotation: Icy Touch, plague strike, heart strike heart strike, death strike (keep Rune tap macro'd so you can get easy death runes to use death strike in panic situations).
3-05-2011 @ 2:05PM
"use rune-strike when you dodge or parry "If your spec'd blood you use RS when ever you have enough RP, you no longer have to wait for a dodge or parry.
3-05-2011 @ 2:12PM
@Aceman67"Other then that, its simple, just put your Diseases on your target with Icy Touch and Plague Strike (use outbreak after lv81), hit pestilence to spread them around on multi-target pulls, use blood boil on multi-target pulls, use Death and Decay on Multi-target pulls, use rune-strike when you dodge or parry (keep this key-bound to a button you can hit easily on reflex, I use the ~ tilde key so i can tap it with my pinky)"You haven't played DK tank since Wrath did you?First of all rune strike in blood presence doesn't require dodge or parry.I wouldn't recommend using diseases. It wastes time and doesn't really bring that much benefit with only heart strike and blood boil effected by diseases. I would recommend just starting in putting a Death and Decay and then starting with your strikes (blood boils, heart strikes, rune strikes, and death strikes), unless you wana cast outbreak on a single target (won't waste a lot of time).It's actually pretty easy.
3-05-2011 @ 2:32PM
"I wouldn't recommend using diseases. It wastes time and doesn't really bring that much benefit" Not true. If your tanking in a raid environment and your not keeping up blood plague, your taking 10% more dmg then you should be. Outbreak to start a fight and use PS when it drops off. IT is more to you liking but the 20% reduction in attack speed can be a life saver on certain fights. Pre 4.0.6 diseaseless was most definitely the way to go but now our diseases are very integral to our survival.
3-05-2011 @ 4:03PM
I don't think there are many mobs that are resistant to DK diseases. I haven't gotten mine high level enough to say for sure, but I can tell you that on multiple occasions, my spriest's Devouring Plague comes up as immune on mechanical enemies (Deadmines) but I see full DK diseases on the very same enemies.
3-08-2011 @ 1:01PM
I started tanking in the LFD at 15 and levelled exclusively that way to about 65 on 3 toons. A bear, a prot warrior and a pally. I have to say that tanking on these three are NOT equal. I'm doing prot pally now and it is EASY mode. There's 4 multi-mob attacks I can use. Bear tanking sucked with the cool down on swipe it was alot of tab targetting. Warrior tanking was ok, but still harder than pally tanking. Granted I haven't made it end game yet where maybe it changes. With all the douches in the LFD, I like playing a tank where it's easy to hold multi-mob threat. As bear I was chain feared in Sethhek Halls and got booted for being a bad tank. As a pally I get compliments on how good of a tank I am :)Another huge tip, which makes my tanking even easier - Tidy Plates - Threat Plates addon. I consider it a must have, but again I like things easy.
3-08-2011 @ 8:45AM
@Saeadame --Balance for leveling, bear for tanking. Wake up the tank once you dual spec.
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