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8-31-2011 @ 5:24PM
Awww man, I just got into Blood tanking, too. :XI really enjoyed keeping up Blade Barrier, but I have no idea what it's like trying to do that in a raid or heroic raid environment. Too much to keep track of?
8-31-2011 @ 6:51PM
Because of runic Empowerment and Blade barrier you basically never let your runes fully refresh, you just constantly mash buttons (DS, HS) and make sure your runes are on cooldown.
8-31-2011 @ 6:53PM
It's more that Blade Barrier is designed to make you blow through your runes, whereas Death Strike means you want to hoard them for the right moment. Abilities should synergise with each other, rather than promoting opposite behaviours.
9-01-2011 @ 12:46AM
Basically you never want to have both of your blood runes on CD at the same time. Since that could mean wasting a RE proc on a worthless blood rune. So instead you have to make sure to only refresh it at the very end as the other blood rune is coming off CD. This is something you do to maximise the amount of DS you are able to cram out. Oh, and you should ever only use blood boil to refresh Blade Barrier. Since HS and BS can miss and thus not refreshing Blade Barrier. So yeah...
9-01-2011 @ 1:44AM
"Abilities should synergise with each other, rather than promoting opposite behaviours."While they sort of prompt opposite behaviors, that does not mean they can't also have synergy. Blade Barrier and Death Strike use different runes, so they don't really conflict. You don't want your blood runes up so that you can keep Blade Barrier up, and you want to time Frost and Unholy runes for good DS. There's no real conflict there. The larger conflict comes from Runic Empowerment, as was mentioned, and that is solved by simply waiting to refresh Blade Barrier until your first blood rune is about to come up.
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