Posts Tagged ‘Tanking all teh things’

Aggro ALL Teh Things

January 15, 2013

Sunday afternoon. Now that I’ve beaten all the tamers, what is there to do? Well, Van still didn’t get the last 40 rep he needs to get revered with Shado-Pan and get a helmet that has a meta slot, and Kerick is still 8 ilevel short of getting into LFR … oh, or Van could hit up LFR so I won’t go into the last half of Heart of Fear this week without having seen the fights. Or … hmm, maybe I can find something good on Hulu. Wait! I know. Let’s level an alt …

For someone who finished Cata with 11 max level toons, I have certainly taken my time so far with alt leveling in MoP. I just wasn’t ready to add playtime on another one to my plate. I still don’t *really* have extra playtime. But one can only do so many dailies (or pet battles) before they need a change of pace. And that is one of the truly great things about this game. There is ALWAYS something else you can do that isn’t the same thing you’ve been doing. So I logged on Kaly, had a visit with Varian, and flew to Pandaria. (Yes, I know Roz is already 86 and it would have made sense to continue leveling the toon I started on already but .. meh. I wasn’t feeling it.)

I wasn’t sure at first what it would be like. I remembered the jump from Wrath to Mt. Hyjal on toons that weren’t in current raid gear as being somewhat painful. Kaly was wearing a mix of 346 and 359 gear. He’d tanked a little bit of BoT and BWD and then been shelved, so his gear was pretty far behind. It didn’t take long though to figure out/remember how to play him. Grab as many things as possible, disease one, spread it around, keep up the blood shield, win. I initially had taken the Unholy Blight talent … I missed it from way back when DKs first came into existence. However, it quickly became apparent that with the cooldown, it would not be as helpful as Rolling Blood. The way Rolling Blood fits into my rotation is quite elegant, and makes it very easy to disease everything around me. And the blood shield … omg. Get enough things hitting me to stack that baby up and I feel invincible! This was the best I could do yesterday …

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yeah, that’s 138k absorption. Sunday on one pull I managed to get it up to 186k …my actual total health at the time was only 177k so … yeah. That’s some pretty strong mitigation.

You know those annoying people who aoe aggro all the goats for Fatty Goatsteak? I kinda understand that a litte better now, because .. I think I’ve become one of them.
What? You want me to kill this elite Hozen chief? Ok, fine. *rides straight through the camp to the leader, aggroing everything on the way and tanking it ALL*
Gather 5 stolen turnips from this vermin den? Ok. *runs right to the middle of the cave and aggros all of them*
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN. And nothing can touch me. As long as I keep up my shield I CANNOT BE HURT.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my paladins, and I feel pretty non-squishy on them, given the self-heals and kiting ability. But they are a completely different playstyle. They go into places like the Kunzen camp, say the soup quest for example, and when the soupmaster comes out they will repentence him, drag the other adds away, and kill them first. I can already see Kaly running in yelling CHAAAAAAAAAARGE and clearing the whole platform without breaking a sweat. Hell, I’m looking forward to it, actually.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I better at least read some strat and watch some Fatboss before facing new bosses tonight. ^.^


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