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3-27-2012 @ 8:59PM
While I was initially a bit apprehensive towards the increased emphasis on active tanking, I feel that the Paladin system has shaken out quite well, and I hope that they're still working on Death Knight tanking. DK's are often held up as the quintessential active tank, but, to me, at least, active tanking involves making decisions with trade-offs, such as the way that Paladins in Mists will decide to spend their Holy Power on healing, shielding, or increased mitigation. Death Knights, however, have a very singular focus: to churn out lots of Death Strikes. While there certainly is skill involved in getting the most out of the Death Strikes, I would still prefer more options for our tanking system. Separating Blood Shield from Death Strike would be my first thought, and that could also help to solve many issues surrounding the scalability of our Mastery. Ultimately, I think that there are many things anticipate in Mists for Blood and for Death Knights in general, but I still see many issues left untouched, and I look forward to seeing how Blizzard addresses them.
3-28-2012 @ 11:51AM
Active tanking, as far as Blizzard seems to be concerned, is about tradeoffs/decisions. I think we have that right now, but really only in one situation. AE Threat or Survivability. Tanking bloods on Heroic Spine is just stupid for a DK tank. Do I want to spam Bloodboil, or do I want to not die? Otherwise DS usage is more of a core skill you need, although it is active vs passive (the shield isn't, but getting a good shield is).I think we were the stepping stone to a new tanking model, but didn't go the full distance they want to take it to.
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