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11-08-2011 @ 3:44PM
Also as far as DK tanks:Set your raid frames to show tank cooldowns. If your DK isnt cycling through Bone Shield, Rune Tap, AMS (as needed for casters) and Vampiric Blood on a regular basis, you need to talk to him about it. Those are fantastic cooldowns for saving healer mana if used on a regular basis.Even using those 4 minor cooldowns all on 30 sec-1 min timers, still leaves Dancing Rune Weapon, Icebound Fort, and LIchborne/Deathcoil heals for when it really goes to hellDK's are designed to be much more proactive in their own survival.
11-08-2011 @ 3:59PM
you can spot a DK tank who spent 85 levels as frost and is only tanking for short queue times and the bags by what they do.do they blow their horn and charge in? yep, you've got an amateur.the only cooldown they use is icebound fortitude? yep, amateur.they use deathgrip to start a pull? amateur(save it to grab a caster/ranged mob or snag one that breaks aggro).a good DK tank is amazingly enduring. some of them hardly seem to need healing, even in heroics. /DK tank.//pretty sure i'm good.///practice by soloing stonecore to at least slabhide./cool story, bro.
11-08-2011 @ 5:36PM
@djsuursoo I'm kinda curious why using HoW then charging in is considered amateur? It's an important buff, plus if you use it right before combat then you have RP to use towards RS or DRW pretty quick.
11-08-2011 @ 7:08PM
brett: note: i said horn of winter, without anything else. what tank won't make sure his bone shield isn't at least 3/4 charges? charging in is generally not the best idea. you want to use position to your advantage. mobs can walk. make them walk to you and away from their friends.smart tanks remember their self-buffs and rarely try to brute-force it.
11-09-2011 @ 4:05PM
Healing a good dk tank and a bad dk tank is night and day. A good dk that cycles cd's and uses his self-healing abilities barely needs thought. In fact, they can make a healer lazy because they start to rely on the dk's self-heals rather than being proactive to heal them. Bad dk tanks are more prevalent tho, and even a good dk tank in starter gear will take a lot of dmg and really soak up heals. I have an addon that tells me when a tank pops one of his cds and it is truly sad how many za\zgs I have healed and the tank never used a single one. As for healing them, just realize that dk hp tends to spike up and down more. So keeping up a steady stream of heals on them will help smooth it out better as opposed to trying play catch up with expensive GHW spam.
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