8) Why don't I want to Dual Wield anymore?
Here's some numbers for DW versus 2H tanking at 85. I'll be fleshing this post out later.
Settings in BloodSim are taken from Zarko's excellent thread on tank stats at Tier 11 (http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?sid=1&topicId=27026401591) and damage based on wielding 372 weapons.
- 175,685 health, 32.36% avoidance, 46841 armor, 21 mastery
- Boss hits every 2.4 seconds for 110k-120k unmitigated damage
- 100 eight minute fights
Difference in switching from 2H to DW:
- 7.9% less damage dealt
- 9.8% less threat
- 0.1% less damage taken
- 0.7% less damage absorbed
- 1.1% more healed
The 1million question is if we need that ~1kish threat. From what i tested on that "boss" on uldum, it was very close to those results. Bashin myself against that "boss" on uldum i got this:
Dmg Done: 763097
Dps taken: 2049
RP gained: 770
Dmg done: 768408
Dps taken: 1974
RP gained: 390
of course this is one test, the dmg income and dps might as well be related to luck of RE procs than anything else. But the major difference that i noticed was .. 2h obviously finished the fight earlier (since i was the only person dpsing the mob) .. but dw have so much less downtime in the rotations.
I think how "viable" it is, its really related to the kind of enviroment you play. If the person is on a extremelly hardcore guild that every drop of anything counts, then yes, 2h is the way to go. But given that you are in a guild or raids that you can afford the threat loss (since the rest, lets face it .. its pretty much the same) without holding back your dpsers .. then it's really up to you if you play dw or 2h.
On heroics and 5 mans is 100% viable .. i did the whole beta as dw and had zero problems .. and i'll obviously try as much as possible to tank dw in my raids. But if its proven that my raid enviroment dont allow it, then sure .. i'll go 2h.
But yeh .. i think its better to have a more descent and accurate view of the real differences and limitations instead of simply having people "screw you, dw sucks, noob". I honestly see those differences just like people rather play frost than unholy. Not everyone (or raid) needs the absolute top performance. Many people play in enviroments that have more room to work around and much rather play in a playstyle they want. For example I always played frost, and even tough it was a worse spec compared to fury war/uh dks/mages etc etc .. i was top dps on most fights off icc since march or so. Player skill also plays a big part on the math of "how viable" it is and the raid you play with.