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Don't nerf me, bro!

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Ghostcrawler -- AoE Tanking
What I'm getting at is that threat should not be frustrating to hold, and the inability to tank large packs of mobs should not be because we just don't have the threat for it. Rather, the inability to tank large packs of mobs should come from the inability to survive large packs of mobs in the first place.

Yeah, we'd basically agree with that. The risk should be that the tank will die, not that the tank can't hold aggro. However I have to caveat that because otherwise any time anyone ever fails to hold aggro for whatever reason they'll blame it on their tools instead of taking some responsibility for hitting the right button or gearing correctly. Threat still needs to matter as a mechanic

And without launching into class warfare again, we think the paladin is a little too good in the AE department so we'd rather bring them down than bring everyone else up. You also need to compare tanks at the Naxx level, not the Icecrown level for purposes of threat.

Put succinctly, imagine all 4 tanks tank groups about as well as a warrior tanked groups in Naxx, but that the mobs hit harder and AE damage was a little lower such that you wanted to CC and single target more of the pulls (but not every pull -- there is still a place for Blizzarding them all down). That's the goal.


My comment seemed to have confused a lot of people. The point was that we know we have a scaling problem where dps specs increase their dps by more than tanks increase their dps. Warrior AE tanking felt on target in Naxx but started slipping behind as the mages and rogues were improving their gear. I was trying to share our goal, which was that AE tanking should feel (at all levels, unless you're overgearing stuff) the way AE tanking in Naxx felt, with two exceptions: 1) AE damage is lower for the dps specs, 2) Sometimes those mobs in those packs hit harder such that just rounding them all up can be dangerous for the tank.


And i am sick and tired of being the goddamn scapegoat class, I can name 3 classes right now that have been running around facerolling their way to 2200s in arenas since season 6, but the paladin is doing a little better on TRASH PULLS and the discussion of nerfs start coming up? Leave us the hell alone already, God. Damn. It.

"Don't nerf me bro."

You guys are welcome to post what you want (within limits), but I'm not personally interested in having another discussion in this thread about whether paladins are overpowered or repressed by the man.

My point was to share how we think AE tanking should feel (relatively easy to maintain threat but still asking the tank to actually stay awake and push buttons) and where the risks should be (the tank dies / the AE spamming becomes inefficient). We like the warrior model. They push more than one button. More generation is active than passive. They do still have to consider threat as a mechanic. That's more of what we're going for (again, the way it felt in earlier raid tiers. The threat has slipped behind as damage fell behind in later tiers). Druids by contrast can just spam Swipe, which gets boring. Paladins get too much benefit out of HoR + SoC (at the very least) such that they risk pulling off of other tanks but have relatively little chance of ever losing aggro to dps. The chance to lose threat can be relatively low, but it can't be absolutely trivial or we might as well let you spam Commanding Shout.


Bornakk -- Darrowmere PvE conversion
Darrowmere is now a PvE realm! Starting today, this realm will be recommended for New Players, which means a lot of people will be creating new characters on this realm. These will be a mix of completely new players as well as experienced veterans who are looking for a new start. We hope you will make these people welcome here on Darrowmere.

If you still want to move from Darrowmere to a PvP realm, Free Character Moves to Vashj, Malorne, Auchindoun, and Alterac Mountains will be available until April 6.

EU Five Year contest winners
We are pleased to announce the winners of the fourth week of our Five Year Anniversary Contest!

Congratulations to our twenty-five winners, all of whom have won a QcK Limited Edition Mousepad, a World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse, and a Siberia V2 Full-Size Headset, all from SteelSeries!

Take a moment to check out the winning entries:

And don't forget to get your cameras and send us your submissions now!

Remember that this week's theme is You're in the Game!

Five Year Anniversary Interview: The Arena Master
We've added yet another in-depth interview with one of World of Warcraft's millions of players for our five-year anniversary site. Luek from U.S. realm The Underbog shares his views on his last five years of dynamic and fluctuating gameplay focuses, particularly with regard to PvP, and provides some insight on where he sees himself once Cataclysm arrives.

Check out the anniversary page for our full discussion.

EU Forum Watch
Forum Watch
Vaneras, Slorkuz, Wryxian & Ancilorn

This week on the WoW Europe Community forums:

This week our Poll asks 'Which is your favourite TBC raid instance', and why?

Xenoronin's very own PMUI: Episode 108 is out! Check it out for your up to date weekly dose of interface information!

Which area in WoW do you find the most cosy?

If you could side with one WoW villain, which would it be, and why?

What's the rarest drop you have ever had?

Many people know very little about the mysterious king of Stormwind, Varian Wrynn, so stop on by here and check out the hard facts!

Guides, Guides and more Guides!

First up again – here's how to spot Account theft emails!

Don't spank the Tank!

Here's a handy guide on how to make levelling more fun!


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