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1-16-2012 @ 2:18PM
I'm a new tank, but I'm exactly the same on Asira. I play ranged casters primarily, and cannot stand it when the tank decides to go running all over the place to get out of Smoke Bomb (and often runs around when it's not even up), making it unbelievably difficult to stand behind him and cast safely. On my tank, I keep her completely still and then move backwards out of the smoke, ensuring the resident melee DPS can stab her from behind without being hurt. I've had quite a few healers and casters applauding me because so FEW tanks actually do it like that. It's strange.
1-17-2012 @ 12:48AM
When I'm tanking, I usually strafe to the side out of the smoke bomb, as it lets me get out of the smoke bomb quicker without turning my back to her. And the faster I've got her out of the smoke, the faster I can stop moving. Besides, with half the groups I'm in, the ranged are either close enough behind me that I'd pass them when backing up anyway, they're behind the melee, or they're busy cursing in party chat because they're being constantly silenced and don't realize how to prevent it.
1-17-2012 @ 2:18AM
It's why I love it when they're a hunter in the group. They probably want to stay just as stationary as you do, and have zero problems from getting silenced. Makes the fight a lot less stressful (though it does mean he'll be taking quite a bit more damage).
1-17-2012 @ 7:58AM
Thing is, ranged casters will back up with you.The loss of cast time from backing up is not the same as the loss of cast time from her silence, and you WILL silence them by strafing.Also, by strafing, everyone ends up every which way, which causes totems to drop haphazardly, which starts MORE strafing... it just makes it worse.Backing up directly (or strafing backwards) until melee is out of smokebomb will ensure totems drop at your feet every time. It's the most efficient way to deal with the boss. Period. Highest DPS, Highest Healing.
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