I’ve had a week now to mull over the changes to the death knight class – and death knight tanking specifically. Honestly, I don’t like the changes overall but I do not foresee changing mains. I see this as a challenge for me, but not the end for Askevar. I’m quite surprised to be able to say that. I changed mains last expansion, so I was half expecting it again.
Rune regeneration is a pain. It feels like back when I started tanking on the death knight – I’m fighting for threat every second. Back then I was competing with Paladin tanks and now it’s all the dps.
Before the patch I was built for single target tanking. My husband, on his main – prot pally, was the aoe tank. Now our roles have reversed. He is more single target dedicated now and I’m the more aoe inclined tank. It’s caused us to swap roles on some fights [in particular the LK fight]. We both prefer what we were doing before. I LOVED being the single target tank of the two of us and he’s been a tank since basically the end of vanilla doing the aoe thing [though healing was his primary spec in BC].
I also won’t lie. The patch caused some tension the night it hit. We both specced out our main and off-specs on our mains and went dungeoning on our mains. I waltzed into the first heroic, pulling 3k dps as a tank and mostly holding threat [over a couple of our high threat dps]. We requeued and he had hunter pets pulling off him and was only pulling 2k dps as a tank. His dps as ret was initially sitting in the 2-3k range that night [down from a minimum of 5-6k] and mine was up to 5kish. Now granted, he adjusted and is doing a lot better… but that evening sucked for us both.
We’re both adapting and also relearning how to work together as tanks. We still fuss, off-vent about our rune regen/holy power generation because standing and doing nothing whilst we wait for abilities/runes/etc is totally counterintuitive to tanking in our minds. That said, we’ve also had to tell our group, “I can’t do X, someone do it” because we had to focus on keeping threat to the exclusion of all else.
Blizzard, if you wanted to make tanking more interactive, this was not the way to go about it. I realize that eventually I won’t have to think about what buttons to push, but right now it’s making leading a frustrating experience at times. I like to be able to be back up eyes for Venoym [my hubby] when he’s calling fights. Right now, I usually have my hands full as is. DBM blaring things in my face is about the only way I know it’s time for [insert boss ability here]. This isn’t interacting. This is being removed from the action.
One bonus I see is the lovely joy of watching the pugger who pulled aggro die. I don’t enjoy watching my own people die but I don’t mind watching the stupid pugger who wants to pull for me, or goes in with both barrels blazing on second one. Granted, if I were to ever pug as a tank, I’d get scores of “l2tank” and “failtank” which is a lot of the reason my other three tanking toons will probably either change their main spec or go into hibernation. But hey, it’ll be fun if I do pug. As Ghostcrawler said- that’s justice.
There’s got to be a medium between aoezergfest and 15 minute planned pulls, and I’m hoping they find that medium in Cataclysm.
As for the beta, I truly believe it’s solely there for the purpose of pacifying at least a segment of their fan base. Given the fact that known bugs not only made it to the PTR from the beta but into the live as well, it shows that Blizzard isn’t paying attention to the feedback they were given. Will they fix it? That remains to be seen. I sure hope so.
I’ve encountered every reaction known with regard to the patch. I’ve seen the “It’s the best thing since sliced bread” to “They’ll iron out the problems and it’ll be alright”, to the “It downright sucks and my class is broken” to basically disappearing from the game. The reality – most of us are having to re-learn a class we’ve been playing for years. That’s an intimidating thing with 1 80, much less 11 80s – I gotta say. I’m glad we’re over the most stressful portion of a patch but still, supporting each other is the way to go. Despite my post indicating my feelings to the contrary, not once this week did I tell anyone to STFU and quit whining. And believe me, I experienced much frustration and listened to quite a few others express their own frustration. Very little of it actually devolved into what I’d classify as whining.
BTW: Lowbie leveling is now so OP it’s not funny. I watched hubby one and two shot mobs in the level 50ish range as a paladin. Lowbie disc priest healing was also massively OP. I tried out a run and it consisted of running behind the tank till we got to a boss; bubble tank, penance them after the boss is dead, rinse, repeat.