May 13th 2010 8:54PM So rate-of-fire has become the currency for skill now? The irony of all the haters is too funny to pass up.
Nov 27th 2009 5:40PM Actually your responses make more sense and are a plausible...and MUCH needed conversation to have. Maybe the eye catching journalistic headline just needed a few ticks down in volume to calm the reactions a bit. I really like your secondary comments, they are dead spot on with some of my actual experiences with other tanks in PUGs as well.
"EH > all" is a statement I can back up, relative to gear selection choices in current content.
"EH IS ALL" is a statement I would fight the same way you are trying to; it is not a one dimensional discussion when talking about why raids fail...especially if the focus is on the tank.
I would say more often than not, I f*@#ed up something that even a 25% increase in overall EH would not have saved me from...for exactly the reasons you pointed out. I missed a cooldown, I gave up my back to the mob for a swing or 3, I failed to mention a cooldown was down so a healer could compensate.
Will stacking EH make you an easier(grossly generalized) tank to heal, probably. Will it prevent wipes in your raids? Unlikely.
Thanks for your well thought out and exploratory replies Allison, it definitely helped the articles in general make sense to me on where you were coming from. It at first sounded like an outright attack on the theory and the community that (oftentimes incorrectly) spouts it as the only metric for success, but it definitely sounds more inclined towards a balanced, think for yourself, type of a statement in the end.
Nov 27th 2009 4:45PM I find it amusing that people will continue to devalue the "EH camp", while inadvertently creating the foundational arguments that support it. You cite abilities that EH cannot help with, but forget to mention you are STILL GETTING YOUR FACE RIPPED OFF by physical damage while you are sucking down impale ticks.....and you failed to mention the big stab from the ability that leaves the impale dot on you in the first place....is physical in nature and therefore EH applies.
It's also worth noting, at almost every level of gear tier-ing design available, the combination of pure Stam stacking and actual EH stacking go hand in hand. Trinkets/rings and some other odd slots may not apply, but for the most part, if it has more stamina, it has more AC. IE, you are bumping EH and Raw "magic damage" eating stamina at the same time.
While I do enjoy the more interactive cooldown focused tanking style....EH is not going anywhere, regardless of how much the counter 'mob-mentality' would like to wish it away. Your insanely high druid EH is why you live through the melee+bleed in the first place....which is something you can't say for stacking avoidance....