Yes and no. I do agree that the best skill a tank can have is staying alive. But you can use CP to gain higher resistances and health. You should be using a tri-stat food. And yes, Reinforced is a good trait to have, but Infused is also very strong. On most of the tanks I run (DK, Warden, Nightblade, Sorcerer) I only have one self heal, and on the Necro, its several HOTs and the Scythe. That is for dungeons and trials.
I'd rather have group-oriented skills and armor sets to increase their damage and/or healing/resistances. The staying alive portion comes from knowing the mechanics, where to stand, when to move, bash, interrupt, etc. and when to block. Having over 50K health on a perma-block tank isn't going to do much for the group as a whole
@AvalonRanger I think the best tank tutorial is to run all the content on veteran with a DD several times, obviously with an experienced tank leading the way.
I agree that there are a fair amount of bad tanks out there in the randoms, the permablock variety I referenced. Oddly, they are also the tanks who blame the healers for their deaths as well, despite the massive health pools. When you get into the vet DLC dungeons, the tank's survivablility hinges as much on the build as the group's DPS, and of course, mechanics. I'll take a group-oriented tank into Graven Deep or vDOM over a selfish build any day as I know the boost in DPS will lower the chance of dying through facing more mechanics
if the tank cant survive in normal, thats a severe lack of player skill, regardless if they are a fake tank or not
i accidentally had my pvp NB marked as a tank when i was doing a random, and could still tank my way through normal march of sacrifices on a pvp spec NB with 12k resists lol
The game does absolutely nothing to teach support roles. Heck, it doesn't even really teach damage, beyond the most simple, basic things. You have to go to YouTube, forums etc for that. It sucks.
Bleh didn't see how old this is and can't delete. How old is considered necro post anyway?