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1-10-2012 @ 3:23PM
I'd just like to add, that while pvp gear is not that great for warriors and paladins, DK tanks actually do just fine with it due to the large amount of self healing they are capable of, and the subsequent blood shields that proc from those heals. I don't have the numbers, but I tanked all through trolls/base heroics on last seasons conquest gear. This season's honor gear would be a fine place to start for the Twilight instances.
1-10-2012 @ 5:05PM
Awesome article. And the comment about Blood DKs using SOME PvP gear is also right on, the Cata Glad weapon is close to the best I will get before the next ex-pac anyway. The easiest runs I've had have been when I "forget" to swap out of my PvP gear. I have five pieces of Cataclysmic Gladiator (ilvl397 for the weapon, 403 for the armor) and they are waaay better than the 359's from the troll heroics.
1-11-2012 @ 1:32PM
The problem though is that this is only true if you're very careful about self healing. I know quite a few dk tanks that just use death strike whenever they feel like it, and that's when this collapses amid the healer's mana pool.
1-12-2012 @ 9:00AM
@Altaires: Of course, but that problem has nothing to do with the gear. A bad player is just a bad player, in any gear. It would be no different if a warrior tried to 2h tank an instance. Without our mastery tools (block, blood shield) no tank will do well.
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