Smoke Bomb can be an amazing raid wide cd in the right situation. ex. Garajal Tricks is used in almost every fight in the game. As a prot warrior I'd say I've used disarm very regularly and the amount of damage it reduces is sizable so the same applies for dismantle. Shiv and Shroud are indeed situational but shiv at least can be lifesaving at the right time. You also have cloak and cheat death. Usually I wouldn't count personals as utility, but considering you can use them to cheese raid mechanics ex. Zon'ozz, Ultraxion I'd say they count situationally as does an personal that allows you to take lethal damage and live.
Smoke Bomb is pretty awesome on the two fights this tier its useful on certainly.
Tricks is used every boss but rarely for utility, it is used as a dps button.
I can't remember the last time I disarmed a boss or needed to disarm an add on a boss fight. Sure its useful on trash but you rarely min-max raid comp for trash.
Shiv/Tranq Shot/Soothe is a one boss per tier ability and an ability that you really only need one of. You need it on RNG Kings but you really only need one person with it.
I can basically guarantee you will never see shroud used on a boss fight since it doesn't affect players in combat.
Defensive cds can be nice on soak fights and probably the biggest niche of pure specs but those aren't actually that common. Off the top of my head Will is pretty much the only fight that requires some very dedicated soakers. Elegon needs some soaking but the damage is enough that most classes can do it with a defensive cd but thats it. Again like smokebomb its nice to have but its not all that common either.
There is some ok utility there but compare it with a warrior or a shaman or just about any other hybrid it isn't much. If I am a raid leader and I have a choice between a warrior who brings two strong defensive cds for just about every fight vs. a rogue who brings a hyper situational defensive cd that applies on 2/16 boss fights and some nice defensive soaking cds which option is stronger?
11/24/2012 08:00 AMNothing is these days, that's actually the point so nobody feels they need to bring X class.
Posted by Faust
Skull banner and stormlash certainly are. Rallying Cry is exclusive and unique so is AMZ. That said I think exclusive and unique is the wrong term, the better term is stackable. Add another warrior and you add to net raid utility, add a mage when you already have one or you already have a shaman adds much less to raid utility.