I felt a bit bad about being so mean about the DK in my Horde guild so I decided to share an anecdote Tamarind had just picked up about a DK "Tank" in a heroic run who flat out refused to use Frost Presence because they "needed the health" from Blood.
It'll be a bonding experience, I thought.
"DKs can tank any presence" he said "it just depends on gear and what you do"
I wasn't sure about this.
"You only need to use Frost if you're having trouble holding aggro"
Well yes. This is true. But if you don't have trouble holding aggro when you're not in Frost presence then whoever is DPSing with you *sucks*.
"If you're blood spec, blood is more effective"
WHAT THE FUCK
Okay, let's do the math.
Blood Presence, with 2/2 Improved Blood Presence gives you 15% increased damage (good) and 10% increased healing received (not bad)
Frost Presence, untalented, gives 60% extra armour, 5% flat damage reduction, and something in the region of a 60% damage increase.
And then, of course, he gives his sage advice:
"You can use Death and Decay"
Wow. Amazing. A moderate amount of AoE shadow damage on a longish cooldown which you would be fucking using anyway, or so I sincerely hope somehow makes up for cutting your overall threat generation *in half*.
"Or Blood Boil"
Wow, so your deep insights into DK tanking are "spam AoE".
Just to check, you know that Death Grip is for something other than showing off, right? And that you have another taunt with a less cool graphic?
And then he tops it all off with:
"Let me worry about my DK tanking, you learn how to play your pally so you can hold Aggro on the first boss in Azjol Nerub".
Here are several things that you cannot hold aggro through, you fucktard.
1) Anu'bar skirmishers. They shed aggro and attack at random. No ifs, no buts.
2) Death Grip. Yes, that particular run included a Death Knight. No that Death Knight didn't feel the need to follow kill order. Why yes, they did like to death grip things outside of my consecration range. Why do so many people think that because *they* have a Taunt, that makes *me* a bad tank when they get the aggro they *literally asked for*.
3) Being webbed and having nobody cut you out, because they're too busy complaining about the fact that the fight is actually taking some attention.
But of course apparently I should have just used AoE. How stupid of me.