Here is my two cents.
I agree with Xav, and the majority of you as well, that the game is basically better overall now in every way. DPS/New talents=more fun (and that's a majority vote it sounds like). :P
I was getting burnt out myself on tanking the "old" way, as my guild had gotten as far as Bloodboil/RoS pre-3.0 and, like you all pointed out, that was about when DPS TPS started to really push me into a tight spot at times and some began to hold back. Prot tanking was getting frustrating and not worth my time before 3.0, now it is awesome again.
I am very glad that my guild never got into SW pre-3.0, and I feel very sorry for those of you that had to "red up" with any dodge gems and/or try to maintain enough TPS to not have drama, because that sounds like a goddamn nightmare. Now that it is "fixed", I look forward to raiding SW and finishing TBC.
Some have talked about there still being a seperation with one's "Boss Set(EH/avoidance based)" and their "Everything Else/Dps Set". I am unsure as to what amount of avoidance for bosses is even needed anymore and if this is entirely a problem to tank Archimonde now with your "SbV/Strength/Dps tanking Set", since bosses/mobs got the Nerf Bat. I replaced my avoidance gems with strength and hit, and enchanted gloves and shoulders for dps as well. This is much more fun then the old way of being a meatshield where I poke the mobs with a wooden spork for their attention. My threat is constantly at around 2.5-3.3K TPS. My Overall Damage Done is huge, I came in number 11 on meters in a 25 man raid thru SSC where the top 8 dps had between 1.5-2k DPS.
Also, with Wotlk coming soon, why bother going the "main tank" spec when something that uses 5/5 cruelty and 0/5 Anticipaton is going to help you level faster in about 15 days now. I am going to tank Archimonde in my new DPS/SbV/Strength Tank set at 16k unbuffed HP and see how it goes, I will let you all know. We shall see.
Last edited by Rootkitworm; 10-22-2008 at 12:57 PM.
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