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8-16-2011 @ 5:25PM
To emphasize, "...survivability was MORE the healer's job..."It is always the tank's job to survive, but removing the challenge of threat management the tank becomes primarily a damage reduction engine for the healer. This is an oversimplification (since tanks position mobs, silence/interrupt mobs, etc.), but if I were to summarize to a new player each role, now both the tank and healer's PRIMARY job is to keep the tank alive, rather than the tank's primary job being to hold the attention of the mob(s).Basically you now have two roles focusing on the same task: Managing the tank's health pool.I would have preferred to see some of the damage reduction cooldowns transferred to the healers to allow them to better time their existing big heals and cooldowns, since it can be a challenge to communicate cooldowns between healer and tank. This way tanks could focus more on threat management. However, that's giving more tools to a role (healer) that is already overburdened with a ton of spell management, making the current model a more elegant solution, likely.It is always every player's responsibility to stay alive, but the primary role of the tank - to me - had always been first and foremost to hold the attention of the mob in question while staying alive.It should be interesting to see if this makes tanking a bit easier and more desirable/palatable.
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