Tanking for Dummies

Dual Spec Experiment Take 1: Fury
May 1, 2009, 12:01 am
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Ah Dual Specialization.  You are such a mixed blessing.

Thus far, I have only bothered to buy Dual Spec with Tarsus.  There are practical reasons for this of course – I have other things to blow money on now that I’m averaging 250 gold in repair bills a night in Ulduar for one.  But other than that I can’t help but feel like I’ve got a touch of buyer’s remorse.  Not that Titan’s Grip isn’t stupidly fun or anything, it is.  It’s just… not as awesome as I thought it would be.

Allow me to be more specific.

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…in which Tarsus does Deep Wounds.
March 25, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Analysis, Raiding, Stupid Tanking | Tags: , , ,

warrior_deepwoundsLast week was a good one for humble pie, or at least for listening to good advice.  Namely, I’m talking about Veneretio pointing out my obvious hypocrisy in regards to spec – namely that my stated intention was to have a high threat build and yet I did not appear to have Deep Wounds or Improved Revenge.

Not that he could have known at the time, but Deep Wounds and I have a long a strained relationship.  I cut my raiding teeth in Molten Core, where crowd control was an essential part of many of the boss fights.  Deep Wounds was, at that time, essential to getting Impale (a substantial chunk of DPS, even today) and so most every DPS warrior had it.  With Whirlwind also being an essential part of the DPS Warrior rotation, this would often lead to broken crowd control… with a DoT on it.

Needless to say, this caused many wipes and I was in fact happy when Wrath came out that it was possible to get Impale without Deep Wounds.  This was an irrational reaction, like fear of spiders.  Even before 3.0, crowd control was fading into disuse, so don’t ask me why it took me so long to actually try this thing that has been rolling around in the tank community for months.  There wasn’t a reason.  We haven’t used crowd control since Wrath hit, so who am I trying to fool?  That’s why it’s called “for Dummies” folks.  No one ever learned anything by being smart.

Anyway, my results were, shall we say, interesting.

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