Death Knight DPS and Tank Review

As you may be aware my DK Sember runs around with a dps and tank spec. Regardless of the fact I rarely tank. (Being under geared with overgeared dps is a recipe for frustration when it comes to threat) With badges converted to points I am feeling better about tooling both her specs.

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Published in: on November 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Redeeming DeathKnight Tank

Sometimes another player will impress me enough in a pug that I curse the fact they are on another server. Last night was one of those nights. Picture the scene if you will *wavy flashback scene commencing* Delith opts to do her daily random late in the evening (or wee hours of Sunday morning depending on how you view anytime  after 12am) The randomizer sends her to Trial of the Champion  and the group does a fine job swacking it down with ease. The DK dps asks if anyone is up for more and being the emblem greedy person I am I go for it but it is just the DK and myself furthering on.

This time we head into Pit of Saron with a DK tank, DK dps, Ret pally and Warlock. Again I am not stressing as the tank seems to holding things fine and I’ll be honest I rarely pay attention to dps numbers unless I am dps. My first warning this run isn’t going to be as smooth as the previous is when the tank (Ceicil – Dath’Remar, but he had funky special characters in his name *sigh*) sends me a tell before the first boss letting me know he isn’t sure how long the fight will take and expect it to be bumpy.

There should be a record kept for your slowest kill. This did not bode well for Delith. The ramp trash is always a pain and I wasn’t looking forward to it being slow and longer for me to heal through. Silly me. I need to learn to worry about the next fight not the fight I think will be hard. Krick and Ick, I’ve never on Delith had a harder time with this boss. Kudos really go to Ceicil on this fight because we ended up two manning it. Our DPS all died to Poison Nova. Yep no one but the tank ran out ( I was already out of range) Ok maybe they missed the announcement he was going to do it. We need DPS, Delith pops battle rez on the pally (and there is my mistake). Pally gets up, gets healed, immediately dies to Nova again. Yep. Ceicil proves DKs can do lovely damage as tanks and finishes off the boss while I heal my tooshy off.

As anticipated the healing up the ramps to the gauntlet was intense and kept my fingers moving. The Hub chose to come in and give me huggles after being out, to which he got the icy “Do you not see me healing like a mad woman here?” glare. You have to give it to him, he takes it in stride and just says “Group that good huh?”.  And overall he is right the group is enough to make me bang my head. But the tank is freaking awesome and I can’t just leave a good tank hanging. Especially after the DPS ignores his instructions in the gauntlet and almost dies. We are at the last boss, can’t give up yet!

In the end we downed it but it was really done on the strength of our tank. He knew the fights and was excellent at his job overall. It was heartening to see a DK tank not just drop group the moment anything got bumpy. The only downside? He isn’t on my server! *curses*

Published in: on May 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Knowing Your Role: Death Knights

Often I read healer forums and have wondered why there is so much hate for the DK tank. Two of my fav tanks to heal during a raid are DKs and I’ve had good success doing 5mans with my friends who are DK tanks. Since the new LFG tool has been added however, I have come to understand my fellow healers’ disdain for the DK. Ultimately, I believe they suffer from the same problems as Hunters.

Ease of play. Why are there billions upon billions of hunters out there? Because leveling is easy when you have a pet to sick on things and can Feign Death when it gets hairy. It is not to say that all hunters are bad hunters. The nickname huntard however has joined our vocabulary simply because of the rarity of a good player (this was worse in Classic aka Vanilla WoW than I find it to be so now) Truthfully, hunters didn’t get replaced for having a bad rep until the Death Knight. Starting off at high level , coupled with the fast leveling meant that everyone and their brother was going to make one. If you were to go look in your own character screen I am sure most of us have a hunter and a death knight kicking around.

Ease of play leads to class proliferation, which means quality of play is watered down. It is harder to find the good DK in the sea of mediocre or bad players. I had thus far been so lucky has to avoid running into a DK so bad I would swear off the class all together. But thank you LFG random group I have now done so. (With the caveat that the DK tanks I already loved are except from this new anti-DK stance)

What would cause me to swear off an entire class in a single day of LFG?

  1. Not wearing tank gear. I don’t care how awesome your DPS gear is and that you can grab aggro with it. You make my life as a healer harder. When I die because I am burning my mana healing you and the mobs think, “Mmmm eat healer she make this harder on us,” and they tear through the tissue paper that is my armor faster than you can notice they have stopped looking at you. We have a problem! (this happened more than 3 times in a single night with a different dk tank each time)
  2. Aggro management. Speaking of me being made a snack for some mob…mmm high you are pulling a lot of guys could you learn to Death and Decay? I know, I know silly priest asking you to do something. But hmm yeah so when you pull a bunch of mobs and they beat on  you, I tend to heal so, you know, you don’t die on the pull. Such as when you pull two packs instead of one because you are high as you tell the group and not paying attention but it makes WoW so much funner…Yes, funner for you but not for me. Do something about generating instant aggro. I know it can be done. I’ve seen it done. I don’t die when it is done.
  3. Take the time to know other classes. When a druid casts a battle res there is a timer. If on the next pull you do #2 of the above and get yourself killed instead of me, don’t yell if battle res is down.  Especially, if you are the person that called for the first battle res. It has been 2 minutes since it was cast and is still down. Just saying.
  4. Manners please? I don’t know how many groups I have been in the last 2 weeks and have had a DK tank just drop group. One night 3 groups each time the DK tank left after the first boss. Didn’t say a damned thing just left. WTF?!?! They weren’t skin of your teeth kills either. Otherwise I’d get it. VH first boss, dead smooth as silk, DK poof the moment it died. Old Kingdown…AN….same thing. I dunno I want to think that when the DPS jives and the tank isn’t taking lots of damage and is getting healed things are going well.

Ultimately, there are good DKs out there, just they are harder to find. I’m betting a healer figures out they are good and won’t let go of them to his/herself. I know I would. If you are a DK tank establish and maintain aggro in tank gear. If you do nothing else those things will get you ahead in this PUG world.

Published in: on January 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm  Comments (1)  
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