Category Archives: Mel’s Random Musings

Tank Theorycraft Needs to Involve Healers

We tanks are an egomaniacal bunch, in general.  There’s two tanks in a 25man raid, and there’s 18 DPS.  We’re NINE TIMES as important as DPS.  The math doesn’t lie. Tank theorycraft, in our infinite ego, tends to gloss over … Continue reading

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Firelands: First Impressions

Short version: I like it.  I’m looking forward to hard modes. I don’t do a lot of PTR testing, and I don’t watch a lot of videos before content goes live.  I don’t like the spoilers.  So we headed into … Continue reading

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Good Idea/Bad Idea: Vengeance

I got my start in blogging back in November, when I wrote a guest post for Rhidach’s blog, Righteous Defense.  I posted at the time about Vengeance, and some of the problems that I foresaw at the time.  The other … Continue reading

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One Tank’s Opinions about Tanking.

This isn’t going to be a raid leader post, and it’s not really a theorycrafting post. Instead, it’s going to be an overview of how I think about the role of tanking, and what playing to the best of my … Continue reading

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Planning Cooldowns

I’ve been asked by a couple of people to write up a post about how I plan and use cooldowns. I didn’t think that it would make a very interesting post at the time, until my co-authors here told me … Continue reading

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Metrics: They’re only useful when you can still see the Forest

In general, I don’t like to spend too much time commenting on PTR changes until there’s some indication that the changes are close to being finalized.  Too much goes on behind the scenes at Blizzard and we’re only ever seeing … Continue reading

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Agility, Tanking Gear and Ana’s Inbox

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard. Agility gear on tanks is officially dead. Death Knights, paladins, and warriors no longer receive any bonus to their chance to dodge from Agility. Their base chance to dodge is … Continue reading

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Is there a role for melee in Firelands?

Tier 11 hasn’t been a very friendly tier for melee.  There are very few fights where you can’t improve your chances of success by removing a melee and adding a ranged.  This is a consequence of a couple of changes … Continue reading

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Killing DPS for Fun and Profit

If anyone has been wondering why the “About the Authors” page mentions that I have a  tendency towards rampant murder of DPS characters, I’ll explain. My co-tank and I play a game that we call Bingo. The rules are pretty fast … Continue reading

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Don’t worry about it, Tirion, I got this.

With Firelands and 4.2 nearing, I thought it might be a good time to talk about a subject that has bothered me on occasion, and in one case very nearly left me sour on an entire expansion: NPC involvement in … Continue reading

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