This is a long ranty post, feel free to ignore my ramblings 🙂
Back in Wrath I tried all the variation of tanking and dpsing with my DK. I was a blood/frost/unholy tank and I’ve been a blood/frost/unholy with all the dual-wield and two-handed variations you can think of.
By far, my best performances were done in frost spec. At the end of Wrath I was a frost tank, nearly invincible and a frost DW dps, topping meters at a time where DKs were not supposed to top anything. I had my groove on and I just having a blast all around.
The tree I never got though was blood. No matter how I tried I could never replicate my success I had in frost and to an extent unholy wich I was also doing fine with. There’s was something about the mechanics of blood I never get mastered.
Fast forward to Cataclysm and I’m forced to tank with the blood spec.. and I switch from frost to unholy because of the nerf to howling blast and because one weapon is easier to find than two weapons. And since I’ve been tanking a lot and my dps spec was doing ok, I never truly reconsidered the unholy choice.
That started to change two weeks ago when I was finally freed from Blood tanking. You see, I can tank in Blood spec, I can even do progression in blood spec. I kept aggro, used my cooldowns, moved the bosses, did not stand in the bad and my Rageface tanking skills is something I’m really proud of.
But… I was missing something, the little something that makes a good tank a truly great tank. I simply could not get my Deathstrike to work right for me. I don’t know why, maybe it’s me not seeing a critical detail or maybe my brain just flat-out refuses to wire itself for blood tanking but just like I couldn’t really nail it back in Wrath. Part of the blame could be put on Blizzard. I mean, if you look at the charts there’s very few DKs doing progression tanking. But, a few means it possible and no matter how much I try I just can’t seem to nail that last final piece.
It was incredibly frustrating for the past two months. To know you’re a good player, that you proved it numerous times in the past but still fail to grasp that last detail.
So, my squishiness was becoming an issue and I stepped down from tanking. I’ll still do it to help out for when we need tanks of just do a heroic but my main tanking days as blood are over and I’m starting to realize it’s for the best.
I did not enjoy tanking as blood. I hate the mechanics involved. I loved frost tanking wich was all about cooldowns and being not squishy, not the self-healing crap of blood.
All of this brought me to reconsider my other choice, Unholy dps, and try out frost dps again. Wich I did yesterday…. and it was wonderful. I’m actually angry at myself for not doing it sooner. It was just like meeting an old friend after a long time. Everything felt familiar… and right. I just wish I had the eyes to see it before and not be so focused on trying to make a spec I hated, blood, work.
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