Sunday, March 9, 2008


When I first got swipe I learned what it meant to tank. This was the ability that first made tanking possible for me. It may not have given me alot of single target threat, but it did give me a rage dump and at the same time gave me some aggro on my off targets. Along came lecerate and improved single target aggro to the point swipe got put on a back burner to single target. After gearing up a little and increasing attack power it became easier and easier to hold threat on a single target and I started using a rotation to keep mangle and lacerate debuffs up and swipe the rest, that way I deal more damage to the target. Now SuraBear has told us that at 2600 AP swipe will in general cause more threat then lacerate pretty much moving lacerate to the back shelf in all situations. Except one: you cant lacerate around crowd control. Yes you can position yourself not to hit it, but in general that's a risk you dont want to take.

But wait, I sence news from the test realm patch notes:

Swipe: This ability will no longer strike any secondary targets which are under the effect of crowd-control spells that break on taking damage. i.e. Polymorph, Sap, etc.

on another note lacerate is also getting a buff based on your attack power. Maybe this will negate swipe becoming the single target move of choice, or at least make it take higher AP to do so. But now we will be able to use it without fear. Good news, good news.

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