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8-02-2011 @ 1:23PM
I'm confused on some of the points you recommend here for Death Knight tanking.Hit and Expertise become as anathema to the point where you would refuse the upgrade because of their existence? For tanking, hit/expertise capping is proving to not be as important as it has been in the past, yes, but you're also purposefully hindering yourself in regards to Death Strike - which is why Mastery is so valuable to a raiding DK tank to begin with!If you cannot hit with Death Strike, you aren't building the shields to smooth out the spikes of damage. While our plate brethren have a giant slab of sheet metal to put in front of their faces, we really only have dodge and parry until we can stack up enough of a blood shield to absorb - so wouldn't we carry a heavier emphasis on hit/expertise? What numbers would you recommend people sitting about? Where's your comfort zone in DK tanking?
8-02-2011 @ 3:07PM
You shouldn't avoid hit and expertise completely, but you should not seek them out the way Frost needs to. Sure, hit and expertise will have your Death Strike connect more often, but it is not a good idea to stack them instead of stamina, mastery, dodge, and parry.Sure, not getting to hit and expertise cap will cause some Death Strikes to miss, but missed strikes don't spend the runes, so you are just out a GCD. And it's rare for one GCD to mean the difference between life and death for a tank post-Cataclysm.
8-06-2011 @ 3:25AM
I stack about 20 expertise, strictly because I currently have a 359 weapon and do not want to lose threat. I have 2% hit, but I've had 0% hit in Cata and been perfectly fine. Yes, you miss a Death Strike occasionally. However, it won't happen often enough to warrant worrying about hit at all. Anyone who tells you otherwise doesn't know what they're talking about at all.
8-06-2011 @ 3:27AM
Oh, I should mention that, once I get a 378 weapon, I'll be dropping my expertise down to 16-18, depending on how comfortable I feel with it.
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