Managing My Aggro
March 9, 2010 20 Comments
So, this morning, I’m reading through my blogroll (still under reconstruction btw), and I get to Aggro Management. Where did that come from you ask? Well, it turns out that I’ve actually spent some time talking with Protflashes, the author, while leveling in Single Abstract Noun. I read through some of the content on her blog, and decided that I’d like to read it more often; perhaps you’ll enjoy it too.
Recently penned was Credit Where it’s Due (Hint: It’s not due to you…). I noticed that Tricks of the Trade was mentioned in a list, so I immediately read the whole thing. Having been called out in the post to defend Rogues, I figured I’d throw up a post of my own, so here goes…
I personally think that you should read the whole post, but to summarize, Prot is not a fan of when people take credit for other people’s accomplishments. For example, when a Rogue uses Tricks on a tank and takes the credit for the tank being able to hold threat. I am not a fan of arrogant people who belittle others accomplishments via boasting about their “contributions” to those accomplishments myself. I’ll talk about how I use Tricks in a moment, but first, I’ve got a few fine points that I’d like to correct:
These buffs are short duration buffs with reasonable cooldowns (not sure how long. Probably somewhere from 1-3 minutes).
Tricks of the Trade has a 30 second cooldown, not from when it is activated, but when the next damaging ability is used by the player. At that point the target gets a 6 second buff increasing their damage by 15% and the Rogue gets a buff transferring all threat for the same amount of time. If a Rogue does not use a damaging ability on a target within 30 seconds of activating TotT, the 30 second cooldown is activated.
They can put it on someone else, but if they do it’s a swift, hard, kick from the party unless they’re pretty damn quick on their “Sorry! Sorry! Misclicked!” macro).
Actually, It’s quite common for Rogues to use the ability on someone other than a tank. The 2 pc Tier 10 bonus grants us 15 energy when we use TotT, so it’s advised to use it on every available cooldown. Over long fights this is a substantial DPS increase when you consider the 30 extra energy the Rogue gets, plus the 15% increased damage the other player gets for 12 seconds. A skilled tank will pull more than enough threat to hold aggro, even with the increased threat from the target receiving the Rogue’s threat. I’m going to give Prot the benefit of the doubt and assume that she was referring to the initial TotT, which admittedly, I always put on the tank. And yes, that’s so I can go nuts, not because I’m afraid that the tank can’t hold threat.
I’m not going to disagree with her. A geared and skilled tank should be able to hold threat on mobs without external help. I have tanked most of the Raid content in Wrath, including ICC, without the help of a Rogue or Hunter in most cases. While I wouldn’t recommend using TotT on the big slimes during Rotface, I certainly won’t complain if a Hunter wants to make getting aggro on them easier for me when I kite them. That being said, I could do it without their help, it just reduces the risk of me taking damage when they do.
Certainly, the true meaning of the post was not to belittle people by taking credit for what they do. I take credit for my accomplishments, congratulate others on theirs, and thank people for their contributions to the group. I think those are good things to do, and hope that other people would do the same.
All classes have players that think their groups accomplishments are completely due to them. I’ve talked about this before, but the every part of the group is equally important. It doesn’t matter if you’re an awesome tank, amazing healer or incredible DPS; without the rest of your group, you’re soloing. It’s ok to be proud of your achievements, but you should recognize others’ as well. But please, don’t belittle others by taking credit for what they do.
Well Prot, hopefully Rogues are off the hook now.