Farming/Soloing/Grinding as MS...
So last night [item]Despair[/item] drops from Opera and I figure what the hell, I haven't had a good 2 hander since [item]Obsidian Edged Blade[/item] from MC. I haven't specced MS since I dinged 60 2 years ago, having messed around with fury a couple of times.
I outrolled Flint on it, ROFL. I owe him donuts.
So...I went to the trainer in IF and respecced to a gimped 40/15/5 spec and queued up for some arena. Meh, it went ok. I was able to do some damage. A few friends wanted to run some alts through Ramparts so I warned them and accepted the invite. It was me, a 70 mage, a 70 priest, my wife's 59 priest (on follow, lol) and a 62 feral druid. It was AWESOME! There wasn't much tanking going on, I just WW through everything. Oh.....the carnage. I think it took 20 min? Sweeping Strikes + (stance change) Whirlwind + Sword Spec proc + weapon proc = whoa. Of course, this is level 60-62 elite mobs and I have an epiced out lvl 70 healer on me. It was so much fun we did Blood Furnace next. And got shards, some gear for the noobs, a pile of cloth and greens to send to my DE bot.
So then, I hopped on my bird and headed to SMV to knock out my Netherwing dailies. One target is easysauce but I'm taking damage too. I have decent DPS gear but I lack crit (24%) ..if I get crits and procs, it looks like a truck ran over the mob. If not, I'm sitting there waiting on my swing timer or rage to build up while I get pounded. I actually got killed and it was a situation I would have had zero problems as a tank with.
Granted, this was all new to me and my gear isn't the best but 10K HP, 1500 AP, 24% crit w/ a Karahzan epic weapon ain't too bad. With a partner healing me it would have been incredible farming...anything would, but alone it was kinda meh.
Which makes me wonder...I know alot of people respec for grinding, for arena, for leveling (like from 60-70 w/ TBC) but I frankly don't see it as being that huge an upgrade. Granted, I went 60-70 w/ Thunderfury and its got great damage independant of conventional damage stats. Now...not so much but I still tear stuff up with it. There's no downtime and its security, I don't get caught in situations like last night where I can't do anything but die and run back. With a pocket healer, its awesome. But as a tank with pocket DPS (like my wife's mage) its equally efficient or close.
I admit, it might just be a comfort thing. I have been a prot tank forever and having a crap ton of DR and HP is what I am used to. 2K MS crits are fun and all, but a 1K SS is pretty hot too especially considering my health bar isn't moving along with the mob's....
your hat may be nice, but I have the little white tank top that says Legendary right across my boobs. I win. (or more correctly, H wins)