I'm not at all worried about a future where tanks don't tank anymore. Blizzard isn't stupid, the tanking role is important, and they won't take it out of our hands. They've just gone through great pains to make sure that tanking is very fun. They won't ever remove threat control from us completely, because that would turn us into nothing more than DPSers who take damage.
I don't see how they're not still doing their jobs. The DPSer is still DPSing, and I'm still tanking. All that's changed is the DPSer can do their job better because they're not as worried about threat. My job is made easier because I get some free threat from the DPSer, while still maintaining my duties. It's not as if I can slap Vigilance on a raid member and walk away from they keyboard. It's not as if I change anything about how I tank mobs, I just have a bigger buffer to work with.Yea that might be true and I won't argue the benefit of using Vigilance, but are those 2 players still actually doing their jobs?
I think we'll have to wait and see on this one. I don't think Blizzard wants to go back to the days of raiding while staring at Omen. I believe they still intend for an equally geared, equally skilled tank to have a good threat lead in any given encounter. I don't think the tank will be 65% ahead of the DPSer in second place is all. I think they're shooting more for the situation where if the tank is at 100%, the second place DPSers are hovering around 80-90%, instead of the sub 50% they are now. But this is all just speculation.Also I still can't see how we will not be balanced around having Vigilance, yes they stated that they won't balance us around it but they also stated that DPSers would catch up to us after Naxx25. Doesn't this turn Vigilance into a flat 10% tps increase for us? Not a stable 10%, since we are not in control of this threat but wouldn't it be a significant huge chunk of our threat? How could we not be balanced around having it?
I suppose we may just be at a fundamental disagreement in how the ability works. I really like the threat siphon functionality, you'd prefer to be in full control of your own threat. I think I understand why you don't like it, but it's just not a problem for me. I really don't mind counting on my raid members to do well, that's what raiding is about.