I just wanted to give you a quick observation I made last night while in Kara.
Now, I know my signature panel up there is still ancient, and all. Last I checked, I still can’t get it to generate a new sig for me, no matter what computer I use. And I consistently forget to log out with my bear gear equipped, which makes a difference to Armory of course. It makes it real hard for you to see waht I ahve equipped. FYI, my Armory gear is almost always my cat stuff, with maybe a flight or running speed trinket in one slot. It depends on whether I was farming ore when I logged or not :)
But, well, I still don’t have any Tier 4, but my gear is pretty darn good. I think I have everything possible from Heroics or badge rewards, short of the stuff that costs 50+ badges. It’s just right for where I need to be.
Everything is gemmed and enchanted according to what I have talked about on the blog before.
Last couple of times into Karazhan, our traditional main tank, Joppers, has been speccing Fury because he wants to kill something, damnit!
So, accordingly, I have been main tanking. And it’s been a bit of a struggle to keep a good balance of rage vs threat output going on. I love pouring out as much threat as possible, because that lets all DPS do that much more damage themselves without exceeding my threat.
In fact, I think it’s safe to say that I’m entering that zone that Karthis at Of Tooth And Claw talks about, where you really need to micromanage your threat output, and reduce Mauls when possible because they steal your rage.
Last night, after downing a Warp Burger and an Elixir of Major Agility before Curator, I happened to pull up my character page to glance at my current defenses.
I knew that, with my latest upgrades, I was over 27k in armor. It’s pushing closer to 28k, but it’s not quite there yet. Still, thats 72.xx% Damage Reduction, which makes me a happy bear.
My Defense is at 421, and with my gems, there just isn’t any place to cut it that would benefit anything. So, that’s cool.
My Health, depending entirely on what buffs are going around, starts at 12500 unbuffed and goes to 18500 with buffs and when Nawat pimps his imp out for me.
That’s all great, but nothing that really surprises me. And of course, my more experienced and progressed readers are thinking ‘You n00b’.
What gave me pause and blew my mind a little, was that my Dodge was sitting solidly at exactly 49%.
I’m sorry, what was that? wtf? WTF?!? 49 percent?!?
That’s right, it’s not a typo. My Dodge without using either of my ‘oh shit’ trinket activations (Badge of Tenacity or Moroes Lucky Pocket Watch), just sitting there on my big bear butt watching Curator, was 49%.
Umm… guys, I think I’ve figured out why my rage generation has been slower lately. LOL!