Some druid tanking thoughts...damage, AOE
So my guild ran two groups in ZA last night and I got to actually try out my new toys. My group had myself with a full bear tank spec and a prot warrior for our two tanks. I was probably too conservative in using CC and 2 tanks for a lot of trash pulls out of habit. I also assigned things the way I always used to treating the warrior as a MT and druid as OT, so he tanked all the single-tank guys.
What's bear-tank damage like now, btw?
My DPS for the overall run averaged around 690-ish or so. I was switching between tank and dps gear and went full cat on the Eagle boss. My dps gear is mostly T4/Badge gear; my tanking gear is also mostly badge with T5 Shoulders.
The warrior averaged around 485...I suspect he hasn't yet swapped out for more damage-oriented gear.
All of the AOE pulls were crazy...no problems with aggro and the mobs died really silly fast. I did try to assign things a little differently here and there...for example, on the pulls with the 1 big lynx and all the cubs, in the past I'd put the warrior on the single target and I'd tank the AOE guys...I reversed it this time so that he could have his fun with shockwave and TC. Even so, a few swipes tossed in did grab some of the little guys.
I kept an eye on debuffs and noticed that many times, the mobs I was tanking were just out of range of his TC. I am leaning more heavily to keeping Infected Wound, just for the flexibility of being able to move around and still debuff my targets effectively.
Dragonhawk was my big test. As I mentioned in an earlier post, in the past most of our kills were with 2 druid tanks and I would always tank the boss. There have been a few times in the past when I went in with different raid makeups and I had to deal with the birds, and I always hated and dreaded it, and usually didn't do a very good job (the druid who handled this on our kills is just better at this task than me).
So, we got to that boss, I assigned the warrior to tank the boss and I handled the birds. The ONLY time any birds got away from me was when I had to move away due to the bombs before I could get a swipe off. It was actually...FUN...to take down those birds!! We took an entire side at a time, and had no issue at all.
The only downside in the evening were some server glitches and people locking up here and there. That prevented us from making the chest timer. Also caused a wipe when the entire raid lagged out at once...then finally came back to find us all dead :( Also had a nice server crash at one point and it took a while to get everyone back in.
The guild's other group decided to try an experiment and ran the whole place with just ONE tank (a druid). They cleared it and got all four chests. The tank for that group did comment to me later that the bear boss is "scary" with just one tank.
This is the spec I used: http://talent.mmo-champion.com/?drui...00000000000000
I am thinking of adjusting it, as I didn't need to spell-interrupt very often and I'd like to get the points into Improved Mangle if I can. I might drop KoTJ and 1 point from Brutal Impact to pick that up. I hesitate because of the need to still go cat for some fights, and without OOC, I really want SOME way to get back some energy quickly.