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I'm not new to WoW, but I haven't healed much before now. Today, I decided to try out my healing spec on my shaman, and both times the party wiped. I'm not sure what's going on. Both times it was UBRS, and both times a different level 58 Death Knight tank. I would put Earth Shield and Riptide on the tank, and the tank would pull, but after a couple of seconds, the mobs would switch and attack me, interrupt me, then kill me. The DK had Blood Presence on, and was spamming Blood Boil, so shouldn't the mobs have stayed on him?
Baby DK's are really not all that great yet. Remember, they're dealing with mid-leveling experience mechanics, but they may have rolled that character ... that day. They're likely trying out tanking, and it's something that does take a bit of practice. I find most of that "awkward tank" stage phase that DK's go through is gone by 70.
It's likely it wasn't you =)
Edited by Naérdriel on 4/24/2013 9:28 AM PDT
If someone needs healing, and you're healing them, and that aggros the mobs... tank's gotta get his act in gear.
If mobs switch to you:
- Wind Shear one. It actually helps to drop your threat against the mob your Wind Shear hit, as well as interrupt a cast and lock the mob out of that school of casting, if it was a caster.
- Hex (or Bind Elemental, if your assailant is an elemental), if the mob isn't being beaten on by the tank.
- Earthbind Totem to slow melee attackers down to give you time to get to the tank.
- Run to the tank to keep any melee mobs in the vicinity of his attacks so he can regain threat more easily.
- Take the lvl 15 Nature's Guardian talent. The threat reduction doesn't kick in unless you're taken below 30% health, and the effect can only proc once every 30 sec, but you may prefer it to Stone Bulwark Totem and Astral Shift. Its primary benefit (in many levelling shamans' eyes) is that it's passive, so you don't have to find a button to activate it while you're panicking.
An additional benefit over Stone Bulwark Totem is that it's not a totem (neither is Astral Shift), so you can benefit from its effects while also using an Earth totem to help the situation (such as Earthbind). SBT and AS are preferrable over NG in the long run, but maybe NG would be helpful for you atm.
- Capacitator Totem stuns nearby adds, helping to avoid taking the damage they'd otherwise do to you as well as giving you additional breathing room to get to the tank.
- pop your Earth Elemental to help.
- additional movement boost to run to the tank - pop Ghost Wolf.
... I know you won't have access to all of these at lvl 58, but I thought I'd throw the ideas out there to keep you thinking about them as you go.
I think it's what Naerdriel said. A 58 DK has possibly literally just left the starting zone and is tanking for the first time on DK, possibly for the first time ever. DKs skipping low levels is supposed to be offset by the fact that you need a higher level other character to roll one, but if the other character is a mage or something, that doesn't necessarily teach you anything about playing a DK or a tank.
Here is an example for you OP.
I know how to tank, and I know how to heal. Mostly this expac I have been healing, but my protect warrior is the only other toon I have doing current content.
Still, l I royally hosed my first pull with this alt.
I was just so used to the way my warrior generates threat.
Turns out hitting a mob with 1 blood boil is nowhere the same as hitting it with a Heroic Leap followed by Thunderclap.
Imagine that, 2 long CDs used as an opening generates more threat than 1 short spammable AoE.
So yea, I tried to chain pull with Blood Boil. Hit the first 4 mobs at ramps with a blood boil, then went running to the next 4 and… How did my healer just get agro?
I got yelled at, and for good reason.
I was in blood, I was spamming Blood Boil, still hosed it.
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