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World of Warcraft: Death Knight Tanking Talents
News & Features Discussion « General Discussion
1/14/09 8:57:46 PM
I wanted to go on the record as the author of this article, and I wanted to talk about some of these points.
First and foremost, the article is written from an introductory stand point. I appreciate that people may want to read an article that is written with a hardcore raider in mind, but this, I thought, was pretty obviously an introduction to DK tanking talents. Hence comments like the discussion on Bone Shield. To you, it seems obvious that this is a tanking talent. Someone else might say, "Why would I take this if I only get four shots?" I thought I explained the reasoning.
Second, there probably won't be a consensus on some of these talents. Someone mentioned Bloodworms as being a "leveling talent" and Blood Presence as useful raid utility. I happen to disagree.
Third, this article doesn't condone any one tree over the others. The purpose of the article is to introduce different talents by tree. It isn't an article with the philosophy of, "Here's what you take for Frost, here's what you take for Blood." Regarding Blood in specifics, it was a challenge to showcase the tree without leaving it at saying, "Take Veteran of the Third War and whatever else to get there." Rather than saying, "Unbreakable Armor is good, take that," I had envisioned walking through the tree's "theme". There are talents along the way, and the idea is to showcase the tree as a whole. With 3.0.8 a lot of people may be speccing down to Will of the Necropolis and wondering what to take.
Finally, regarding the Blood hate, I don't really understand it. I know plenty of good Blood tanks. I myself am not one of them, but I don't feel comfortable with my gear speccing for that role. For the purposes of whomever may be reading it, ready to tank their first heroic or what not, it's fine. By the time it comes time to tank Naxx, they'll probably have figured out what's best for them.
Regardless, thank you for the criticism, I do appreciate reading this sort of stuff and thinking about things differently or learning something new.