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Juzh
02-24-2009, 08:07 AM
Hi all,

I'm surprised I've never seen a topic about this anywhere on Tankspot - hopefully we can make this thread a great resource for people like myself, who are looking to make the transition to raid leader but who don't have the experience and knowledge to back it up.

Clearly one of the qualities that makes a good raid leader is a solid base of knowledge about other classes and what they can and can't do. For example, most tanks will have a general idea about the CC capabilities of most classes, but does your average 5-man PUG'ing tank know the names and functions of their less "obvious" abilities?

It always impresses me when a non-Warrior knows little details about the Warrior class... for example, when patch 3.0 went live, I was too busy drooling over my own damage output to remember to use Vigilance. On something like my 5th heroic after a few easy trash pulls, a party member said "aren't you going to use Vigilance?"

It made an impression on me that somebody knew about a new talent used by another class on the day it was patched, and was aware enough to notice that I hadn't used it after a few problem-free trash pulls.

So, what I want to know is: what are some of the things that an exceptional raid leader might know about each class?

Obviously people who have experience playing alts will have a deeper understanding of different classes, but I'll put any useful tidbits up here, so please feel free to contribute.

I've written a basic outline of prot Warriors (see further down the thread after the reserved posts) for non-Warrior raid leaders. I'd like to expand this thread to include details on all classes/specs.

If referring to a spec (for example, Rogues playing Combat spec) please specify which one.

Let me know what you think!

Juzh
02-24-2009, 08:07 AM
Death Knights

Note: under construction - will add Blood tanking and Unholy tanking notes in the near future. Please feel free to make corrections, as this is 100% researched based and 0% practical experience based.

Death Knights specialize in melee DPS or tanking.


Death Knights as tanks - general

Unlike other tank classes, Death Knights can spec deep into any of their three talent trees and remain perfectly viable tanks.

The abilities outlined in this section are core DK abilities relevant to tanking. The one exception to this is Blade Barrier (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=55226), which should be specced by any DK wishing to tank, regardless of which talent tree they wish to persue.

Buffs


Horn of Winter (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=57623): raid-wide strength and agility buff (+155 for each), lasts 2 mins. Cannot be active at the same time as a Shaman's Strength of Earth Totem (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=58643).


Making pulls


Death Grip (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=49576): widely recognized signature DK ability that pulls a mob to the DK. Is effective at pulling casters into melee range.
Strangulate (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47476): core ability which silences mobs for 5 seconds. DK's occasionally use this ability to force casters to get into melee range.


Interrupts:


Mind Freeze (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47528): silence/interrupt ability which prevents the mob from using any spell from the same school that was interrupted for 4 seconds.
Death Grip (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=49576): as well as pulling a mob to the DK, Death Grip also interrupts any spell being casted by the mob at that moment.


Regaining aggro


Dark Command (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=56222): the "taunt" of Death Knights; forces an enemy to attack the DK. Has a range of up to 30 yards. 8 sec cooldown. Mainly used when healer/DPS pulls aggro, or when MT/OTs are switching aggro on a boss.
Death Grip (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=49576): pulls a mob into melee range and forces it to attack the DK for 3 seconds. This shouldn't be considered a true "taunt", since it doesn't modify the DK's threat in relation to other raid members; the DK will still need to gain aggro.


Incoming damage reduction


Icebound Fortitude (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=48792): core ability casted on self by the DK - reduces ALL damage taken by 20% plus an additional reduction based on the DK's defense. Lasts 12 secs with a 1 min cooldown. Can be effective in reducing predictable spikes of damage.
Blade Barrier (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=55226): talented ability that increases the DK's Parry chance by 10% for 10 secs whenever their Blood Runes are on cooldown. It can't be "casted" per se, since it relies on both of the DK's Blood Runes being on cooldown, although ideally the DK's rotation should ensure Blade Barrier is up 100% of the time aside from the first rotation of a pull (i.e. when Blood Runes are up).


Magic damage reduction


Anti-Magic Shell (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=48707): self-targetted core ability - absorbs 75% of the damage dealt by harmful spells and prevents application of harmful magical effects. Lasts 5 secs, 45 sec cooldown. Useful for predictable spell damage spikes.



Death Knights as tanks - Frost

The Frost tree enhances the DK's avoidance.


Buffs:


Improved Icy Talons (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=55610): raid-wide buff that refreshes when the DK uses Icy Talons (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=50887); increases melee haste of raid by 20% for 20 seconds, and should be rotated so it's always up. Does not stack with a Shaman's Windfury.
Frost Aura (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=50385): raid-wide buff of +80 spell resistance.


Immunity/related:


Lichborne (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=49039): self-buff, makes the DK immune to Charm/Fear/Sleep effects for 15 seconds, 3 min cooldown.


Incoming damage reduction:


Lichborne (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=49039): self-buff, increases the miss chance of attackers by 25% for 15 seconds, 3 min cooldown.
Icy Touch (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=49909): applies debuff that decreases a mob's melee/ranged attack speed by 14% (can - and should - be talented (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=51456) to 20%).
Unbreakable Armor (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=51271): self-buff, increases armor by 25%, strength by 10% and parry by 5% for 20 seconds. 1 min cooldown.

Juzh
02-24-2009, 08:08 AM
Druids

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02-24-2009, 08:08 AM
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02-24-2009, 08:08 AM
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Juzh
02-24-2009, 08:09 AM
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02-24-2009, 08:09 AM
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02-24-2009, 08:10 AM
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02-24-2009, 08:10 AM
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Juzh
02-24-2009, 08:11 AM
Warriors

Warriors can specialize in melee DPS (typically utilizing the Fury talent tree, but some Warriors prefer Arms builds) or tanking (Protection).


Arms
Arms builds focus on large amounts of burst damage using two-handed weapons. Arms is traditionally considered a PvP build (many of it's talents are useful in PvP combat), although currently Fury is the favored PvP build for most high-ranking Warriors. Arms features various talents and abilities which are useful in PvE, although Fury is generally considered to be superior for Warriors wishing to achieve maximum DPS. Blizzard claim to be buffing Arms' DPS output in upcoming patches.

(Detailed description coming soon.)


Fury
Fury builds lead to the 51 point talent, Titan's Grip, which allows the Warrior equip a two-handed weapon in each hand. Fury builds are considered the "golden standard" for Warrior DPS builds and allow for large amounts of sustained DPS.

(Detailed description coming soon.)


Protection
Protection builds are for Warrior tanks, offering excellent survivability and many extremely useful talents for tanking end game content.

Making pulls:


Charge (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=11578): well known core ability. Stuns enemies for 1 sec, 15 sec cooldown. Is only usable in Battle Stance and before entering combat except for prot Warriors who have specced Warbringer, in which case it is usable in any stance and during combat.
Heroic Throw (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=57755): high threat ranged ability, can pull casters if specced Gag Order (prot tree) since it silences the target for 3 seconds. Almost all prot Warriors will spec Gag Order due to the 10% Shield Slam damage increase.


Buffs:


Battle Shout (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47436): attack power buff, lasts 2 mins. Cannot be active at the same time as a Paladin's Blessing of Might (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=48932).
Commanding Shout (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47440): HP buff.
Vigilance (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=50720): prot-spec talented single target buff, reduces damage taken by target by 3% and transfers 10% of their threat to the Warrior.


Interrupts:


Shield Bash (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=72): core ability, shares cooldown with Pummel (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=6552) (another core ability used when in Berserker Stance - i.e. DPS Warriors). Silences target for 3 seconds when specced Gag Order (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=12958) (most prot Warriors will be).
Concussion Blow (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=12809): prot-spec talented ability, stuns target for 5 secs. 45 second cooldown.
Shockwave (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=46968): 51 point prot talent, AoE stun (lasts 4 secs). 20 sec cooldown.


Other interrupts/related:


Spell Reflection (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=23920): core ability (requires shields), reflects next spell cast on the Warrior (lasts 5 secs). Can be specced so that it reflects the first spell cast upon the closest 2 (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=59088)/4 (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=59089) party members. 10 sec cooldown.
Intimidating Shout (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=5246): AoE fear (up to 5 mobs), lasts 8 secs. 3 min cooldown.
Charge (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=11578): with a point in Warbringer (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=57499) (deep prot talent - most prot Warriors will have it), the stun from Charge can be used creatively in certain situations.
Intercept (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47996): core ability which can be used only in Berserker Stance which behaves the same way as Charge with Warbringer (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=57499) - i.e. can be used during combat. 30 sec cooldown, requires stance dancing for tanks.
Improved Revenge (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=12799): most prot Warriors will put talent points into Improved Revenge, which has a 50% chance to stun the target for 3 seconds when using Revenge (core part of a prot Warrior's rotation).


Immunity/related:


Berserker Rage (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=18499): Warriors can break fear (and be immune to it for 10 secs) as well as other incapacitate effects with Berserker Rage (now usable in any stance), 30 sec cooldown.


Regaining aggro:


Taunt (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=355): forces an enemy to attack the Warrior. Has a range of up to 30 yards. 8 sec cooldown. Mainly used when healer/DPS pulls aggro, or when MT/OTs are switching aggro on a boss.
Mocking Blow (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=694): similar to Taunt in that it forces a mob to attack the Warrior (for 6 seconds opposed to Taunt's 3), but can be used while silenced since it's an attack (Taunt is considered a spell).
Challenging Shout (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=1161): Forces all nearby enemies (10 yards) to attack the Warrior for 6 secs. 3 min cooldown.
Intervene (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=3411): like Charge, but targets raid/party members instead of mobs and intercepts an attack and reduces the party member's threat by 10%. Example: healer pulls aggro and Taunt is on cooldown, so the Warrior intercepts the healer and takes the mob's first attack and quickly regains aggro with threat abilities).


Debuffs/reducing damage taken by the tank:


Demoralizing Shout (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47437): debuff that reduces the attack power of nearby enemies. Doesn't have to be used on trash/farm content, but certainly should be for progression raid bosses.
Sunder Armor (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47467): debuff applied by the core ability Sunder Armor and Devastate (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47498) (deep prot talent, superior to Sunder Armor for tanking) that reduces a mob's armor.
Thunder Clap (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47502): core ability that affects unlimited targets within range and increases the time between an enemy's attacks, thus reducing a mob's damage output.
Disarm (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=676): core ability that disarms a mob's weapon for 10 secs, 1 min cooldown. Certain raid bosses can be disarmed - it pays to know which ones.
Shield Block (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=2565): increases the Warrior's chance to block and block value by 100% for 10 seconds. Blocked attacks = less damage taken, higher block value = a larger amount of an attack's damage is absorbed by the block.


Self-healing:


Enraged Regenaration (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=55694): heals 30% of the Warrior's total health over 10 secs and consumes an enrage effect. If prot Warrior's aren't enraged, they can deliberately make themselves enraged by casting Berserker Rage (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=18499) or Bloodrage (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=2687).


Survivability/cooldowns:


Last Stand (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=12975): prot spec talented ability, usually used in emergency situations (although only has a 5 minute cooldown), grants the Warrior 30% of max health for 20 seconds.
Shield Wall (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=871): core prot cooldown (requires shields), reduces *all* damage taken by the Warrior by 60% for 12 seconds. 5 min cooldown (can be specced to 4 mins).


Multiple mob tanking:


Cleave (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47520): melee attack that hits two targets - the main target and the closest other mob to that target.

Juzh
02-24-2009, 08:11 AM
Racial traits

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Mandorellan
02-27-2009, 08:32 AM
Good post i think.
Maybe add some commonly used rotations.
Seeing as you are a warrior (and i know hardly anything about warrior's abilities) maybe specify a bit more which abilities are considered to be a tanks highest threat moves, so that when im looking at my guilds WWS reports i can interpret it better.

Aranian
02-27-2009, 09:39 AM
rotations and skill usage would be a topic for another post i think.
for this it would be better to state which class/spec can do a certain job best/efficiently/not-at-all. examples would be healer allocation, assigning tanks and dps to boss/adds and things like that. so you would be using your people to their full extent (or at least somewhat efficiently ^^).
another thing would be to name buffs/debuffs and skills with a longer cooldown. and certain techniques some classes can pull off (iceblocking/bubbling some debuff for example).

Argamasilla
02-27-2009, 11:23 AM
Since the audience is presumed to be a class other then what they are reading, its important that little things be correct.

For instance, under intervene you use an example about the mob moving out of taunt range, but Intervene has an 8-25 yd range while taunt is 30 yd.

Not a big deal really, but I could see a raid leader telling a warrior they should have interviend the priest if taunt was on cool down, nothing a player likes less than being told how to play, especially if its incorrect.

I'm looking forward to reading about the other classes, I find myself stumbling around for ability names all the time, this could end up being my favorite thread.

Great idea!

Juzh
03-04-2009, 05:12 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, I also corrected the Intervene/Taunt thing. (Haven't actually played since the Taunt range was increased, due to a dead laptop.)

I actually think it's a good idea to include some basic details about rotations. It's something that I think any exceptional raid leader would have at least some knowledge of. I know that I personally don't know ANYTHING about any class besides my own when it comes to rotations. I remember thinking "do Mages do anything besides cast Fireball?" once after noticing a recurring theme on the cast bar of a Mage I was running a PUG with back in TBC... aside from that I haven't given it a second thought.

It's also a good idea to write about little tricks that the different classes can do, I'll be doing that in the short class summaries at the top of each post.

Future ideas include a companion thread that lists everything by function rather than by class for quick reference.

For example:

Interrupts


Shield Bash (Warrior)
Strangulate (Death Knight)
Kick (Rogue)
etc.

Today I added some notes on Death Knights and the Frost tree for tanking. I'll attempt to write up on Blood and Unholy in the next few days. With the DK stuff, it's 100% research based, since I've been unable to play for most of WotLK.

Mookey
03-04-2009, 05:56 PM
1) Next to vigilance should be noted mehanic that whenever target with Vigilance is hit by harmful attack, warrior's cooldown on Taunt is refreshed.
2) Next to enraged regeneration should be noted that when used with Last Stand, Commanding Shout and health/stamina trinkets gives crazy amount of heal since it heals for 30% of HP in moment of tick.
3) Battle Shout is almost always glyphed for 3 min due low amount of good minor glyphs.

Varelse
03-06-2009, 02:26 AM
A very good idea, in my opinion. If I had a cheeseburger for every time I've seen someone ask the rogue to sap the undead, the warrior forget to use vigilance, etc....

Sorry, I'm hungry now.

Are you going to cover the other auras for Death Knights? And a note about Death and Decay might be nice, since I see enough DPS Death Knights not realizing it's a high threat ability, let alone anyone else.

I can try to come up with something for the rogue section if you'd like help with that at all.

visualdeity
03-06-2009, 09:44 AM
Two things to note about DKs:

1) Most DKs I know glyph Horn of Winter (3 min duration), because we have almost nothing else worth slotting.

2) Strangulate isn't an interrupt, it's a silence (which, of course, bosses tend to be immune to). Mind Freeze is our interrupt.

Kilrum
03-06-2009, 10:02 AM
Roatations have been and will be covered ad nauseum in other threads. Keeping this thread in the manner intended will eventually make this a must read thread for all tanks I would think.

Please don't make this great idea of a thread into yet another rotation discussion :)

Nice work, looking forward to updates.

Shadevarr
03-06-2009, 04:31 PM
Dear gods this is going to be massive. I do pride myself in being conversant in all classes and specs so let me just throw out some things from different classes that we use to be successful at raiding that may not be used as often as it should be.

mages: Spellsteal is huge, it is amazing how many buffs they can ninja.
Shamans: grounding totem on caster bosses can make a huge difference.
warlocks: for affliction, using the doomguard and infernal on high dps encounters is very important.
rogues: tricks of the trade can be used on the DPS as well, just make sure the tank has a good aggro lead.
paladins: hand of salvation, hand of sacrifice. Both are very awesome.

Exiledknight
03-26-2009, 09:49 AM
Got unexpectedly busy at work so the prot section is not even finished, will polish off prot and some quick outlines for you on holy/ret tonight. Figured iw ould save you some research as i really liek the direction this thread could take!
Paladins


Retribution


(Detailed description coming soon.)


Holy


(Detailed description coming soon.)


Protection


Making pulls:


Avenger's Shield-Ranged attack that causes a high amount of threat, can bounce and hit up to 2 additioal targets
Exocism- Ranged attack currently only usable against undead or demons (come 3.1 usuable against all, but automatically crits undead/demons)
Judgement-Juding places a buff or debuff on the target (not going to go into each and every one)
Consecration- the run in method when pulling quickly you may not have another way to pull other than run in consecrate then use Hammer of the Righteous which can hit up to 3 targets
Buffs:


Blessing of Sanctuary-Reduces incoming damage by 3% and you generate runic power, rage, or mana anyt iem to block, parry or dodge an attack (currently being changed for 3.1)
Blessing of Kings- must be spec'd into, generally have a ret paladin do so as they have quite a few more points to "dump" than we do. Increases all stats by 10% however without a reliable ret pally this is a must have raid buff
Wisdom/Might-prot pally should never do, Sanctuary/kings are much more important
Interrupts:


Hammer of Justice-stuns the target and interrupts spell casting, usable evn on bosses will not stun but can interrupt 60 sec CD unless spec'd into
Immunity/related:



Divine Shield-makes you invulnerable for 12 secs (15 with 4 pc) aggro drop. Situational usefullness, if spec'd into Divine Gaurdian it can transfer 30% of the raids damage to you.
Regaining aggro:


Rigtheous Defense-must target the friendly player, will redirect up to 3 targets to you
Hand of Reckoning- Causes the target to attack you and causes holy damage 8 seconds CD
Hand of Salvation-not so much to regain aggro but reduces targets threat by 2% every seconds for 10 seconds, situationally useful as a proactive taunt (i.e. warlocks on maly vortex)
Debuffs/reducing damage taken by the tank:


Judgements of the Just- 2 point talent, must have your judgements reduce the melee attack speed of the target by 10/20%
Holy Shield-Increases chance to block by 30% 10 second duration 8 seconds CD should have 100% uptime
Libram of Obstruction-your judgements increase your block value by 352 for 5 seconds (15 emblem of heroism)
Ardent Defender-when under 35% health reduces dmg taken by 5/12/18/24/30%
Self-healing


Lay on Hands- heals a target to an amount equal to the paladins maximum health
Flash of Light
Holy Light
Survivability/cooldowns:


Divine Protection-Reduces damage taken by 50% for 12 secs, with the 4 pc t7 bonus increase it by another 3 seconds. Causes forbearance
Multiple mob tanking:


Avenger's Shield- can bounce to 2 additional targets
Hammer of the Righteous- Will strike your target and 2 additional nearby targets causing 4x your weapons DPS as holy damage
Consecration-Aoe dot effect cause hoyl damage to any who enter the area

Juzh
04-04-2009, 08:18 AM
Thanks for the responses, and apologies for the lack of updates. I've been fairly busy with RL stuff but I intend to update the relevant sections during the week - and also research some more stuff to put up.

Big thanks to Exiledknight for the Paladin info!

hellion
04-15-2009, 05:04 PM
Hi all,


So, what I want to know is: what are some of the things that an exceptional raid leader might know about each class?

It takes time to absorb it all, especially if you are just started out, but quite frankly the answer is everything.

Acheronia
04-18-2009, 06:38 AM
Juzh, you are easily my new hero :P

I've had my guild for almost 7 months now and I've been slowly converting it from a leveling guild to a raiding guild with many bumps and false starts. The guildies have always been my main source of information regarding their classes and due to my lack of knowledge of classes (other than holy priest!) I feel incompetent to lead the raids, even though I've really enjoyed the bits that I do. Currently I depend on 2 officers to provide me with information about classes and related gear. While I'll continue to deligate raid captain duties to them, I will always strive to obtain more knowledge on classes and their abilities in raids and how best to apply certains roles to certain classes in certain situations.

And what better place to find a brief summary of abilities in one place than right here.

Thank you for this.

Acheronia
04-18-2009, 06:45 AM
Juzh, can I have your permission to use your content here on my own forum? I will add a link referring back to this thread.

I find people like to read most things in one place and not need to have to jump between different forums. Anything to keep the guys reading at least SOMETHING of use. :)

Haarg
04-20-2009, 05:58 AM
I don't think it's necessary for you as a guild/raid leader to know everything about another class, but if you know you don't know very much about other classes, surround yourself with officers who do know, that's what class leaders are for.

If you don't know who's the best for the job, you could probably have a meeting with the members of a particular class and talk about it with them, they could probably tell you who they think is the most knowledgeable amongst them.

zevah
04-30-2009, 01:04 AM
Mages:



Buff / Debuff:

Arcane Intellect (Buff): Inreases the target Intellect by 60 points. The raid wide version it's called Arcane Brillance and requires Arcane Powder. This does not stack with Fel Intelligence (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=57567) even that it provides les intellect (because of the spirit buff)

Focus Magic (Buff): Increases the target's chance to critically hit with spells by 3%. When the target critically hits the caster's chance to critically hit with spells is increased. You need to invest 11p in the Arcane tree to obtain this. If you have 2 mages with this is is DPS wise to exchange Focus Magic between them. This only affects Casters!

Enduring Winter (Buff): Requires 40 points in the frost tree and having the talent "Summon Water Elemental". It haves 3 ranks. your Frostbolt spell has a 33/66/100% chance to grant the Replenishment effect to up to 10 party or raid members mana regeneration equal to 0.25% of their maximum mana per second for 15 sec.

Improved Scorch (Debuff): Increases the raid chance to critically hit with spells by 1% and stacks up to 5 times, each time the mage cast a scorch on the target one stack of the debuff is applied. With the glyph it only need to be casted 1 time to apply the 5 stacks (The mage need to spend 16 points in the fire tree to improve the Scorch spell and give this effect)

Winter's chill (Debuff): The frost version of Improved Scorch, it works a bit different. This talent have 3 ranks increasing the and each time a frost spell lands on the target there is a 33/66/100% chance to apply one stack (Stacks 5 times too) increasing 1% crit each stack.


Threath reduction:

Each tree has it's own talent to reduce threat caused.

Arcane Subtlety: Reduce up to 40% of arcane threat
Burning Soul: Reduce up to 10% of fire threat
Frost Channeling: Reduce up to 10% of frost threat


Aditionally, there are 2 abilities to dump aggro.

Invisibility: Fades the caster to invisibility over 3 sec, reducing threat each second. If the mage recibes any damage or if it cast a spell this is cancelled. Each second of the fade reduces by a %. Once it reachs the invisibility the treath on all thargets is reseted.

Mirror Image: Creates 3 copies of the caster nearby. This spell instantly reset aggro on all enemies.


Survivality:

Mages are one of the most fragiles casters on the game. They wear cloth and have low HP compared to Warlocks for example and they do not heal themselfs. That said. They have quite amaizing survavility abilities for PVE.

Ice Block: This spell makes the mage inmmune to all harmfull efects. They cannot cast any spell or move during the effect and last 10 seconds.
If a mages get the aggro this is the ability they tend to use. Note that this do not reset the agro so all mobs should be picked befor the effect goes away if you are planing to keep the mage alive.

Blink: Teleports the caster 20 yards forward (5 more if glyphed, but it's not very common). This is an instant cast and it's very usefull for going away very quick from AOE's like razorscale fire. 15 seconds cooldown.

Magic Absorption: (Arcane tier 2 talent) Increases all resistances by 1 per level on rank 2. This is mostly a PVP talent but it can be usefull to keep the mages alive on heavy spell AOE fights

zevah
04-30-2009, 01:13 AM
This Thread is very usefull... Sticky please!!!!!


Aditionally, there are some mistakes on the DK info. Since 3.1 some abilities were modified. I'll list them so it can be changed


Frost Aura (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=50385): This was changed to Improved Frost Presence. and damage done to you is decreased by an additional 1% per point in Frost Presence. (2% if 2/2)

Blade Barrier (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=55226): This was changed in 3.1 - Now it give a flat 1% damage reduction per talent point (for a total of 5% damage reduction). The mechanic it''s untouched.

holyjebus
10-07-2009, 03:10 PM
other thing about dk inc dmg reduction also add bone shield :)

Bone Shield
1 UnholyInstant1 min cooldownThe Death Knight is surrounded by 4 whirling bones. While at least 1 bone remains, <he/she> takes 20% less damage from all sources and deals 2% more damage with all attacks, spells and abilities. Each damaging attack that lands consumes 1 bone. Lasts 1 min.

Exiledknight
10-11-2009, 11:52 PM
for it to be stickied a few things would prob. need to happen.
1. It be finished
2. People would need to help to keep them updated with new patches

Deathsupply
11-20-2009, 03:09 PM
A note on Warbringer:

Warbringer allows all Charges (charge, intercept and intervene) to be used in defensive stance at any time.

Also, big arms abilities and uses:

Trauma- Your melee critical strikes increase the effectiveness of Bleed effects on the target by 30% for 15 sec. A must have for arms warriors and a melee heavy group that uses Bleeds (rogues?, Druids (mangle), warriors (deep wounds and rend is specific to Arms, also helps with prot threat.))

Bloodfrenzy- Increases your melee attack speed by 10%. In addition your Rend and Deep Wounds abilities also increase all physical damage caused to that target by 4%.

Commanding Presence- Increases the melee attack power bonus of your Battle Shout and the health bonus of your Commanding Shout by 25%. (this will bring Battle shout in line with Imp. Might and can be glyphed to increase duration from 2 min to 6 min, with use of the talent Booming Voice.)

Mortal Strike- A vicious strike that deals weapon damage plus 380 and wounds the target, reducing the effectiveness of any healing by 50% for 10 sec. Great for bosses with self healing or outside heals, like Anub'arak during Phase 3, and Faction Champions.

Bladestorm- Instantly Whirlwind up to 4 nearby targets and for the next 6 sec you will perform a whirlwind attack every 1 sec. While under the effects of Bladestorm, you can move but cannot perform any other abilities but you do not feel pity or remorse or fear and you cannot be stopped unless killed. An Arms warrior's biggest AoE ability. This generates a lot of threat, and canot be used during a fear or CC, but can be used to avoid the initial cast if needed. ALso is a DPS loss in Single-Target use.

Fury skills:

Commanding Presence- Increases the melee attack power bonus of your Battle Shout and the health bonus of your Commanding Shout by 25%. (this will bring Battle shout in line with Imp. Might and can be glyphed to increase duration from 2 min to 6 min, with use of the talent Booming Voice.)

Rampage- Your melee critical hits cause you to go on a rampage, increasing ranged and melee critical hit chance of all party and raid members within 45 yds by 5%. Lasts 10 sec. Great ability to have for a physical damage heavy group. Does not stack with Leader of the Pack and is the exact same effect, with the exception that LotP is passive and does not require critical strike to activate.


Furious Attacks (rank 1 and 2)- Your normal melee attacks have a chance to reduce all healing done to the target by 25/50% for 10 sec. This can stack up to 2 times. This occurs more often than Furious Attacks. Each rank of this increases healing negated by 25%. Most fury warriors will not run with this talent, but occasionally they will, whether for the rare PvE pruposes, or to run a hybrid PvE/PvP build. Mortal Strike, located in the arms tree, is superior to Furious Attacks, in the fact that it is a 100% chance to apply the debuff, and an Arms warrior will always have it avalaible.

Improved Beserker Stance (rank 5)- Increases Strength by 20% and reduces threat caused by 10% while in Berserker Stance. A must-havefor fury warriors. Reduces threat generated greatly (10%) and increases damage done through strength.