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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Darielle » Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:45 pm

Naa, it's actually even more powerful. It's on half the cooldown, it doesn't leave you at 15% health after the killing blow, and tanks are now capable of leveraging excess durability into additional DPS in ways that weren't available in Wrath.


It doesn't leave you at 15% health if you are taken from >15-0 by the killing blow.
If the special brought you to 2% health, and the following melee killed you, you'd definitely still be at 2% health.

The Vengeance cap and the flagging of abilities to not grant Vengeance should make it harder to abuse using this to play Vengeance. Maybe not impossible, but definitely not the same as now where you could use it to just cheese Decap to the face with zero cd's.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Sagara » Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:54 pm

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Wait, did you just call me a tool?

To be fair, Dr. T, I'm pretty sure it was a compliment.


For the record, it half was, and it half was a kick in those that think spouting theck's numbers around without thinking makes them sound smart.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Meloree » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:08 pm

Darielle wrote:It doesn't leave you at 15% health if you are taken from >15-0 by the killing blow.
If the special brought you to 2% health, and the following melee killed you, you'd definitely still be at 2% health.

The Vengeance cap and the flagging of abilities to not grant Vengeance should make it harder to abuse using this to play Vengeance. Maybe not impossible, but definitely not the same as now where you could use it to just cheese Decap to the face with zero cd's.


If you're at 2% health, take a hit that would kill you, have it fully absorbed, stay at 2%, do nothing, and proceed to die anyway, you and your healers fail hilariously badly at Warcraft, and might consider taking up an easier hobby, like perhaps learning to put on pants, or tying your own shoes. Also, you desperately need the overpowered proc and should not be considering the dps cloak under any circumstances. Seriously, if that's the strongest argument you have, you might want to rethink your position. The point here is that oldschool AD brought you down to 15% after a screwup (or intentional use), and required some kind of reaction (from you or a healer) in order to bring the fight back under control. The niche case of being below 15% health, getting saved from death, and getting healed to 15% was and is meaningless, because in any case you are still in a position where an immediate emergency intervention is required. The proc, as written, will leave you at 100% health after absorbing a hit for more than 100% of your health. That's pretty goddamned strong. Lag out and miss something important? Saved. Brain fart? Saved. Cat unplugged your keyboard? Saved.

As far as the second point goes: The additional survivability can be converted into DPS through gearing, in addition to any microadjustments made in play. And, while you might not be able to get stupid-vengeance from cheesing abilities, you'll still (as you granted), be able to leverage it into moderate vengeance gains in a lot of situations.

The proc, as written, is so overpowered that I sincerely doubt it can be allowed to go live in it's current state.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Meloree » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:11 pm

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Meloree wrote:To be fair, Dr. T, I'm pretty sure it was a compliment.


For the record, it half was, and it half was a kick in those that think spouting theck's numbers around without thinking makes them sound smart.


For the record, I was really really hoping that someone was going to pity a fool.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Sagara » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:25 pm

*dawning realisation*

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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Darielle » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:36 pm

If you're at 2% health, take a hit that would kill you, have it fully absorbed, stay at 2%, do nothing, and proceed to die anyway, you and your healers fail hilariously badly at Warcraft, and might consider taking up an easier hobby, like perhaps learning to put on pants, or tying your own shoes. Also, you desperately need the overpowered proc and should not be considering the dps cloak under any circumstances. Seriously, if that's the strongest argument you have, you might want to rethink your position. The point here is that oldschool AD brought you down to 15% after a screwup (or intentional use), and required some kind of reaction (from you or a healer) in order to bring the fight back under control.


You're misunderstanding.

My point is that this proc doesn't remove the need for healer reaction to bring the fight back under control. The instance of mechanic that literally take you from full health to 0 is relatively rare - sure, it would trigger on taking a Ji-Kun Rake to the face if you forgot ShOR after 2+ stacks, or take a Decap to the face, or what not, but even most burst mechanics don't take you from 100-0 in one clean stroke. Any major damage mechanic that ticks, by nature (which is really a lot of them nowadays since Blizzard has been substituting 1-hit Breaths for 3-4 tick Breaths) will NOT leave you at 100% health.

That doesn't make the proc useless, but it's exaggering its power significantly to suggest that it just has you at full health, or that the situations where you won't still need healer interaction are niche. At the end of the day, if the proc has actually procced, it's already been incredibly useful because it just saved you a death regardless of where your health is at.

I'd find that Cat unplugging your keyboard is a BIT more niche or Lagging out is a also more niche. Depending on the Cat of course.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby theckhd » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:44 pm

Focusing on the exacts is probably over-thinking it, to be honest. It's still a stupidly overpowered proc.

Heroic progression (and progression in general, to be honest) is all about minimizing mistakes. You hone execution until the entire raid makes few enough mistakes that the boss dies.

I have certainly caused a number of wipes this tier, and more near-wipes, by making a mistake and dying. I'm pretty skeptical of the tanks that claim they never make mistakes and never die. I suspect they're either over-exaggerating their skill or have very selective memories. Or they're clearing the content 3 months later than everyone else with a lot of extra gear acting as a crutch.

This proc lets you make one mistake per minute without penalty. It's the quintessential "do-over" button that doesn't cost your raid a wipe, time, etc. It's rare that someone wasn't already reacting to save me from a bad situation; this proc will generally buy them the extra second it takes to get off that clutch Swiftmend, Greater Heal, or LoH that would have arrived half a second too late.

If you can honestly look over your raid logs and determine that your death has never caused a wipe, and that you have to carry your bad raid DPS to meet berserk timers, then by all means skip the tank cloak effect. I suspect the truth of the matter is that this is a vanishingly small percentage of tanks, and mostly 10-man players that are only clearing relevant bosses 2- to 3- months behind the curve. The rest are just delusional.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Meloree » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:46 pm

Yeah, I miswrote what I was trying to say there. Whoops.

The point, though: this proc is more powerful than oldschool AD's overpowered proc. The situations in which the proc is *less* useful are always meaningless. The situations in which it's *more* useful aren't always. Plus it has half the cooldown.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Meloree » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:51 pm

theckhd wrote:If you can honestly look over your raid logs and determine that your death has never caused a wipe, and that you have to carry your bad raid DPS to meet berserk timers, then by all means skip the tank cloak effect.


I still suspect that for a given level of non-squishiness, the tank cloak is worth more (or at least similar) net DPS than the DPS cloak. Or possibly you're tanking really trivial content, I suppose. I suspect the nature of the proc allows you to give away enough other stats safely to overwhelm the value of the DPS-cloak proc.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Darielle » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:09 pm

I would still suspect at least one fight where damage dealers who can use the tanking cloaks to trivialise certain mechanics and do more dps will come into play.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Fetzie » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:11 pm

Darielle wrote:I would still suspect at least one fight where damage dealers who can use the tanking cloaks to trivialise certain mechanics and do more dps will come into play.


Nihilum paying warlocks to soulstone the entire raid in Naxx40 comes to mind. I wonder if high-end raids would actually tell all their raiders to use this cloak, not just the tanks.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby theckhd » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:47 pm

If there's a "move or die" mechanic and that proc allows you to skip it and significantly increase raid DPS during a critical phase, I suspect they would.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby fuzzygeek » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:50 pm

Sagara wrote:For the record, it half was, and it half was a kick in those that think spouting theck's numbers around without thinking makes them sound smart.


I see what you did there.

I suspect the nature of the proc allows you to give away enough other stats safely to overwhelm the value of the DPS-cloak proc.


How would you quantify this? Is it possible to put a value on "trading off X points means you can play more recklessly with no more than one death event per minute for a Y gain in DPS"? Is there some point at which you can trade off those X points ... and then just equip the DPS cloak for even more hilarity? Is this something parse hunters do? I can't wrap my head around how you would configure a gear set like this.

Theckd wrote:If you can honestly look over your raid logs and determine that your death has never caused a wipe, and that you have to carry your bad raid DPS to meet berserk timers, then by all means skip the tank cloak effect. I suspect the truth of the matter is that this is a vanishingly small percentage of tanks, and mostly 10-man players that are only clearing relevant bosses 2- to 3- months behind the curve. The rest are just delusional.


There are far more tanks that are 10m and "only" clearing bosses months behind -- I don't know that the number is vanishingly small, but I don't know an easy way to actually get at these numbers. I'm certainly one of them, and for tanks in my situation tank death is not generally a major concern. But yes, any tank doing content where their death is remotely a concern should be doing everything they can to make sure they aren't the point of failure of the raid.


It will amuse me to no end if they nerf the tank proc to a randomly activated 10% dodge chance.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Darielle » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:53 pm

The other thing to bear in mind is when the cloaks will be available. Sure, they're available week 1, lots of Heroics to go, blah blah.

If the Isle of whatever is anywhere near as bad as Runestones, you'll get the cloak when most progression content is over or you outgear it.
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Re: Patch 5.4 - Flex Raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, and more!

Postby Meloree » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:52 pm

fuzzygeek wrote:
I suspect the nature of the proc allows you to give away enough other stats safely to overwhelm the value of the DPS-cloak proc.


How would you quantify this? Is it possible to put a value on "trading off X points means you can play more recklessly with no more than one death event per minute for a Y gain in DPS"? Is there some point at which you can trade off those X points ... and then just equip the DPS cloak for even more hilarity? Is this something parse hunters do? I can't wrap my head around how you would configure a gear set like this.


Quantify? Fucked if I know. But the day I got that cloak, I'd start by trading both trinkets for pure DPS options, every stamina gem I had for a gem with DPS stats, and I would still be well ahead of where I started on survival. I'm not sure it's possible to overstate just how powerful cheat death once per minute is. Even when I was parse-hunting, I wasn't close to death a whole once per minute. It is SO MUCH safety margin.

I mean, you have to develop some kind of instinct for this sort of thing as a tank. Theck hasn't quite developed the "read a WoL to evaluate your raid and tell you the ideal stats" program just yet. If you're not dying, you start trading away pure survival (stamina) for DPS (haste). Haste has survival benefits, sure, but it's not as good as stamina. You're giving some (small) amount of survival up to get haste. So, I recognize that's a bit handwavy, but when parse-hunting, you make a point of operating on the thinnest survival margins you can - and it's a valuable skill to learn, because it'll give you some kind of idea of what you can get away with, and how to play when survival really is a challenge. Anyway, it's from that perspective that I'm coming from when I say that I'm pretty sure that cloak proc is worth more DPS than you're giving it credit for. I was a pretty good parse hunter, I know where the margins are. And a proc like that is worth a whole metric fuckton of margin.

And yes - equipping the DPS cloak for even more hilarity is almost exactly what parse-hunters would do. Once things were on farm.

Anyway, I can't prove it or anything. But I do have a pretty good track record.
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