Lately I’ve had a bit of class envy developing. I’ve watched as a couple of the folks in our guild re-roll Death Knights and gear up along side me as we do our weekly raiding routine. I embraced my new tanking brothers and was happy to have some new blood in the tanking ranks.
But then I saw something else happening. I saw those same DK’s, who started raiding weeks behind me, quickly catch up. When checking who should tank what, I would ask, what’s your armor up to now? Your avoidance? I could see that their hitpoints were quickly matching and then surpassing my own. As well as their armor quickly caught up with, and also passed. And then I see that the avoidance as well? Wait a minute, what’s going on here?
I’ll admit that when DK’s originally came out, I did not give them much of a second glance when it came to tanking. I fully expected DK’s to be OP in the DPS department, but I was not prepared for what they might be capable of in the tanking department too.
Now, as the raid leader, I always strive to put the people who are most suited for the job in the position to ensure our best chance of success. More and more, I am having to cope with my view that in most circumstances DK’s are better equipped to tank those bosses that I was so intimate with. More armor, more avoidance, more health, better DPS, better ability uptime… Why wouldn’t I put those guys as the front man?
I realize that patch 3.1 is bringing DK’s down a bit, but I begin to wonder if I’ll be spending more and more time in my upcoming secondary spec as DPS rather than up front face smashing as a tank.