A Sometimes Tank’s Opinion on Threat Changes

First, from the DPS part of my brain: oh thank god.

Then, from the tanking part of my brain that includes not only my decently geared DK but also my undergeared tank alts: OH THANK GOD.

For one thing–hi.  My name is Amber and I currently play a Frost/Blood DK.  Frost has become something of a proc machine lately. I can have more Killing Machine procced almost constantly in some cases, and while delicious for my DPS it has caused me to face tank–in raids, with well geared and skilled tanks–more than once. Or if not face tanking then I stand there and pet my cat while auto attacking, and that’s no fun for anyone but Vesta.

Have I mentioned that I have no threat drop?  Because um, I have no threat drop. I don’t even have something like feint or cower.  Just death, of the non-feigned time.

Also, have you EVER tried to level up a tank alt in pugged heroics well into the expansion?  Have you? If my DK is yanking threat off well geared tanks in Zulroics I can only imagine what I’d do to someone less geared than me. Actually, I don’t have to imgaine, I remember clearly from the last time I leveled an alt tank.  It sucks.

I’m not worried about tanking being dumbed down. You’ve seen raid encounters lately, right? Pray tell, where do you see a tank and spank fight? Nowhere? Okay then.

And last but not least, back to that thing about being a DK tank.  I’m too busy mashing buttons trying to STAY ALIVE to worry about silly little things like THREAT.

In conclusion: woo!

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  1. #1 by Ratshag on August 16, 2011 - 2:34 pm


  2. #2 by Matojo on August 16, 2011 - 6:41 pm

    I just have to think about the Sacrificial Orc Warrior I had in a regular dungeon last night and I can see this is A Good Change, hahahhaa.

    EVERY PULL went like this:

    Tank pulls. Tank starts ramping up aggro. Seconds later, warrior is suddenly dead.

    Warrior: “lol I need another rez xD”

  3. #3 by Gorbag on August 16, 2011 - 7:35 pm

    I play a blood/frost dk as well, and I love the unique style of blood tanking (death strike moar! Burn those CDs) except in high damage aoe situations like the cat packs in ZA. Having to choose between threat and survivability on every GCD is stressful and unrewarding. Hopefully after this change I will be able to DEATH STRIKE MOAR haha

  4. #4 by Clockwork on August 17, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    I like this change for the same reason and, ironically am also a Frost/Blood DK (raid tank) and even with my raid group members doing Trollroics I can pull aggro if early on in the fight I get a lot of Killing Machine and Howling procs. I also like that the threat change means I can worry less about having to spam Heart Strike to keep aggro and focus more on death strike.

  5. #5 by Justin Simon on October 10, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    I’m a Frost/Unholy DK, and I have to say…. I no longer see the point of Unholy. Frost just makes me giggle. I’m getting more procs than I can actually use, I’m soloing mobs in troll ‘roics when my iLevel is barely high enough to get in, and my shadowmeld is back on my main bar because I pull off the tank otherwise.

    Well, okay. Unholy is REALLY useful in Firelands. Lots of mobs, not a lot of space….. Howling Blast is NOT your friend.

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