Monday, November 9, 2009

Questionnaires Are Fun!! Tanking Time

Ok answering these questionnaires is just fun! Since I have healers, tanks, and dps I wanna do them all! Ok so I refuse to answer the one for dps, I love dpsing but eh doesn't seem as useful. Tanks and healers really need to understand each other, since they work closely together in raids. Since I have two tanks I am just gonna answer for both.

What is the name, class, and spec of your primary tank? Frostblood, Death Knight, Blood & Frost/ and Kailanii, Druid, Feral

What is your primary tanking environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
Mostly five and ten mans, tanking is the job I do least in raids, but I have put time and effort into learning my classes and how to be a tank when a tank is needed, and DK tanking is just fun!

What is your favorite tanking spell for your class and why?
For my DK, it is Death Grip, I love add tanking and I love being able to stop those spellcasters!! For my druid it would have to be swipe, I mean seriously who said Bears can't add tank?

What tanking spell do you use least for your class and why?
Honestly, for my DK I use everything we have, rune strike is easy to use in my blood spec but when I am frost I forget to use it, IDK why, so maybe rune strike is my least favorite as a frost, which oops it is supposed to generate my threat, bad DK! For my druid, I don't have a least favorite ability just wish I had more awesome CDs like my DK does.

What do you feel is the biggest strength of your tanking class and why?
DK biggest strength, is AoE threat, I love add tanking! I actually think I am meant to be an OT, main tanking gets sort of boring for me. I also love the many CDs my DK has especially in blood spec! The biggest strength on my druid is that I am a big punching bag, seriously we are so fat I don't think the damage can penetrate to us! I don't see how we dodge so much though since we are so heavy and slow lol.

What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your tanking class and why?
DK biggest weakness has to be being healed. I swear people have a much easier time healing me when I am on my druid, and when I am blood over frost specd. DK have a tendency of taking huge damage even when def capped. Biggest weakness for my druid is not being able to see. It sounds stupid but my butt is so huge, I mean I can hold aoe aggro, I can easily hold boss aggro, but I can't see around my huge butt!

In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best tanking assignment for you?
As a death knight my best assignment would have to be adds, I would say a lot of times we can compete with pallys for threat on adds. I have stolen many a threat without taunting with that crazy D&D combined with howling blast. My druid should be the main tank, on the boss since bears have huge health and dodge.

What tanking class do you enjoy tanking with most and why? 
This really really depends on the person not necessarily the class. I have tanked with every type of tank in raids, and I honestly love being with a pally the most. But seriously anyone who has any sense is fine with me.

What tanking class do you enjoy tanking with least and why?
I would say a DK, I know it is sad I love DK tanking, and I created my DK so that I didn't have to pay respeccing bills on my druid, I mean I heal, dps, and tanking just doesn't fit into dual speccing unfortunately. I still tank sometimes on my druid, but my DK was made to be a tank, and the class has some weaknesses still.

What is your worst habit as a tank?
I would say on both my tanks getting too much involved on threat and not paying enough attention to my own health. It usually isn't a problem cuz on my DK I heal myself with my rotation, but I should probably be quicker on blowing CDs and using them more often so my healers don't have to work as hard.

What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while tanking? 
Impatient DPS, when I say I am doing a LoS pull in a five man, and they start dpsing before the mobs are around the corner I want to let them die. Same as in raids, I usually tank adds and many times dps will hit them before you have even looked at them! Seriously get some patience, I should just let you die.

Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other tanks?
I think DK are balanced ok, for tanking with other classes and not really with their own class. They are a little weak to have two DK tanks in a raid, it can be done, but not ideal IMO. Druids are awesome tanks to have by anyone's side, I mean they are fierce and can take a crap ton of damage cmon.

What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a tank?
Omen for threat! Honestly I don't really use recount for anything but to make sure the dps are doing their jobs. I also use tanktotals to see how much my talents are mitigating damage, I love it!

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your class?

That death knights suck. I mean yeah a lot of them do, but there are a lot of really good death knight tanks. As far as druids go, that we have poor AoE threat. Are you kidding me? 360 degree swipe equals crazy AoE threat, and I can def. hold my own on trash mobs against other tanks.

What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new tanks of your class to learn?
As a DK people have to learn not to suck. Learning which spells generate the most threat, and using your CDs. I am thinking Blizz gave us so many so we could use them regularly. As a druid, for some reason people have problems understanding AoE threat, you don't have to sit there and attack each target immediately just swipe, swipe, and demoralizing roar!

Effective Health or Avoidance and why?
I really try to balance these for both my toons. My DK probably has more avoidance than effective health, but I feel this is necessary for DK because healers can be overwhelmed with DK's and the big damage they take. Druids have a huge health pool, but also love the dodge.

What tanking class do you feel you understand least?
Probably a warrior. I have no idea what they do except for charge things. O and I love their vigilance but what else do they do?

What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in tanking?
Just omen, to help me keep an eye on my threat. Maybe I should look into more add-ons for tanking, hmm..