To be fair before I bit the bullet and specced Blood to get comfortable with timing my selfheals (a concept I absolutely adore) to get prepared for Cata early on, I did a lot of fiddling to get Unholy to work well.
I learned the following simple rules:
- You have neither the +Mitigation of Frost nor the +HP of Blood. Be aware of that, there's nothing you can do about it.
- You have nothing you can stack against Will of the Necropolis or Acclimation, which are both potentially fight-deciding in the right situations. This is the biggest issue, you lack a deep tree tanking talent.
- For proper AE threat you need to maintain a higher critchance than other tanks so you need to actively see about using Crit/Sta gems for yellow sockets if the bonus is worth it, or using a +crit weapon.
- Bone Shield. Misused, it's virtually useless.
+ 6% Magical Mitigation. At Sindragosa, Lana'thel or BPC, you laugh at the feedbly 2% allmitigation and the 3% HP Frost respectively Blood have. Oh and then you pop your 100% AMS avoiding debuffs entirely since the whole damage got soaked.
+ AMZ. Used wrong, it's another AMS. Used right it absorbs ~105k damage at Festergut at Pungent Blight, a lot lot more if things go bad and you actually use it to save people.
+ AE threat? 20% setbonus to DnD + 25% extrascaling + potentiall the glyph. After speccing to Blood I felt like I may as well not try to AE tank, the difference makes blood look extremely pitiful (though I got used to it and manage fine now). This gets better once you have 25%+ raidbuffed crit and your Wandering Plague kicks in.
+ Single target threat? Yes, Frost hits better with Icy Shieldslam, but yours is only slightly behind it. Again, +25% scaling works wonders.
+ Bone Shield. Properly used it beats VB and UA.
So yeah, I suppose all in all Unholy is "the weakest" tanking tree.
But not by much, and you need to keep perspective.
Your primary decisionmaker should always be your raid's needs, do they need 10% AP, Windfury or CoE? Well then your spec is already laid out in front of you. ^_^
If not and you are free to choose, for some magic-heavy fights or fights where the killing damage is magical, Unholy beats the other two specs more often than not, 6% passive reduction, better AMS, additional AMZ.
If you're having aggro issues, modern Unholy may be an idea. Icy Touch and DnD hit so unbelievably hard with +25% scaling, it changes a lot of things. And that's before you notice Necrosis works off Rune Strikes. <3 <3
Last edited by KnThrak; 04-25-2010 at 03:58 AM.
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