Last night, my pet tanked a Challenge mode boss and barely took hits while a paladin tank got absolutely squished by the very same boss. What the hell?
This story takes us to UBRS, and within the instance, the second boss. The boss has two adds, and the tactics are pretty simple: Burn adds, then kill boss (besides the boring stand-out-of-stuff-and-interrupt thingy). However, the Paladintank could not survive all 3 monsters bashing on him, so I figured to try pet tanking. It was not the Paladin’s fault – the class has an extremely weak tank spec as it seems to me right now.
Out goes Disconnect the shale spider! I go up on the ledge, and Misdirect the boss to my pet while I keep pewpewing the adds. I figured that popping Last Stand and Shield Wall on the pet should give us enough time to kill the adds. Then I realized that my pet barely takes damage even without these skills active. Mend Pet (glyphed obviously) healed it up just fine…
Notice that this was in Challenge mode where everything hits a gazillion times harder. So in a HC, my pet could’ve probably solo tanked the whole thing.
Ooookkay. Also, I pulled up one add to the ledge, then I disengaged on the pillar besides the boss, causing the add to evade-bug, so we only had to focus on a single monster. Hunters, bringing the P(ro) in PvE since 2004.
I became more curious and by the time we got to the arena boss, I figured – what the hell, this dude can tank the boss just as fine as the previous one, and boy I was right. Our tank went DPS (lol) and we downed the boss EZ mode.
My pet saved us one more time on this fight though: with another group, we wiped on the boss, and all the adds and the boss himself began running towards the only player alive: me.
- Pet Swap
- Shield Wall on pet
By the time this happened, we wiped at least 30 times on this boss, so when it finally went down, I was screaming on Teamspeak like I am back in 2005, raiding Molten Core…
This is the point when I got to say that the amount of challenge really brings back the game to vanilla levels, which is awesome. But many people forget that vanilla SUCKED hard in many aspects, and some of those are back in WoD as well, sadly. But all in all, it’s still the best expansion to date. There are two very good videos out there, showing you the good and the awful side of vanilla – check them out, they’re made by one of my favourite WoW casters, Preach! I highly recommend his 40-man raiding videos as well, they are hilarious ;)