So I been doing my own little tank theory crafting to myself and silent readers in my guild forums for a little while. I came up with a way to compare damage taken between different DK's on the same type of boss fight. The following is a copy paste from our forum. I have found the weight of my task a little daunting and wouldn't mind some input or help from any other Dk tanks.
So I been searching through world of logs and wow progress looking for guilds that run DK tanks. While I can't count every factor I can look at what attacks the tank focuses on DS HS RS, the amount of damage taken and the amount healed. I have only found 3 tanks to review so far including myself. From the 3 two of the tanks took more damage on the fight while prioritizing DS but haven't had a chance to see gearing style on them. Self healing from both said tanks were not enough to make up for the difference between damage taken but I need to reconfirm that absorbs were factored into that. Its only an observation at this point. I want to review and monitor 10 tanks before I say bitch your being bad kind of things. I will say that it was quite interesting to look at. The difference in damage taken was over 1million healing done difference was only 100k and damage done by DS(and thus correlation of how many DS's done) was more then double in my initial findings. While the difference in gearing style is a lot harder to compare with every variable that happens in a fight mechanic attacks can be compared a lot easier. And with such clear distinctions in the numbers this approach looks promising.
So I have continued my search and shit it sucks. Keep in mind Im looking for groups that Run DK mt's meaning if the fight is a single tank fight the Dk will be the one tanking. I'm starting it off like this so that I can cut out more variables. Once I designate my 10 tanks Ill expand from there. To add to my search I need to find tanks are all doing the same fights on normal coupled with doing them on normal as of 4.0.6. So that right there cut my list in half ><. I think I need to find a new searching method because this one sucks ass.
Anyways while looking deeper into the fight I ran across some interesting finds.
- World of logs wont show things like blood shield for certain tanks. Unless I'm missing something there's no way a Dk tank doesn't get a single blood shield if their doing DS during their fight.
-I need to find out if it is possible to see how much blood shield they gained during the fight and how much of the blood shield is actually absorbs any damage vs just falling off. I may have to look into direct participation from the test subjects.
-Another thing that may very well be a major factor during the fights is debuffs. So far out of every DK tank I have had a chance to look at I take the least amount of damage on the fight that I'm looking at. I understand that this is inconclusive and unreasonable because what if my ass is sucking on other fights. Like I said I'm gonna get to that eventually but atm I need test subjects. Anyways while looking at the up time of buffs and debuffs between my self and two others I noticed that my frost fever and scarlet fever up time far exceeded everyone else.
The difference in damage taken by tanks for the particular fight Im looking at varies from 2mil to 4mil+. These numbers will be rounded.
Rounded time for FF(frost fever) SF(scarlet fever) and BB(Blade Barrier) LF(Length of Fight)
-T1 (FF-312s) (SF-278s) (BB-245s) (LF-6.44m)
-T2 (FF-131s) (SF-131s) (BB-249s) (LF-6.12m)
-T3 (FF-091s) (SF-188s) (BB-276s) (LF-7.35m)
-T4 (FF-116s) (SF-000s) (BB-335s) (LF-8.04m)
I did go back to double check where the damage was coming from. Everyone took equal amounts of damage from spells in relation to the duration of their fights. So the difference in damage is mainly coming from melee attacks.
Once again I'm still working on subjects so this is all just preliminary findings.