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Concerning tanking, considering the mandatory base talent points 5/5/7 (BB, Thoughness, Dodge, Epidemic), I'm wondering how blood tanking can be as effective than Frost/Unholy.
Both Frost and Unholy have really potent mitigation/aviodance tools (only speaking of physical defence):
Lichborn (that is not a Frost only ability because it's a 11 point talent but let's consider it as Frost)
GoG improving Icebound Fortitude's duration by 50%
On the other hand while I can discern what should be Blood talents for mitigation/avoidance, I have difficulties to evaluate them.
Mark of Blood a 3 min CD for a 30s duration that "lowers" each attack by 4% of max health. It is not totally true because a lethal strike won't let you gain the life back. Is it working for all kind of damages ? Is an AoE damage ability affected once per target damaged ? When do you use it ? (a 3min CD is not a no brainer as Bone Shield or Icebound Fortitude)
Vampiric Blood 1min CD for a 20s duration. Here is the counterpart of Bone Shield. Where Bone Shield is flat damage reduction, we have here a more Blood tasty mechanism. No avoidance/mitigation improvement but increase of healing. Considering the Blood Tank as Blood Aura, does it means that the 2% of damage into heal becomes a 3% damage into heal for 20s ? Or is this ability existing only for getting huge Death Strike healing amounts ?
Bloodworms is not a PvE ability, is it ?
Finally the only true mitigation talent, Will of Necropolis. 30% armor increase (before Frost/Toughness calculation ?) when at 35% life or less. I've already tanked and offtanked several bosses in Naxx10 and I have the feeling that going below 35% percent is something you really want to not happen, because most of the time it means that next strike can be lethal except if you use an additionnal CD. Is this ability a big improvement in the mitigation/avoidance of the Blood tank ?
Finally is it worth going Blood Tanking instead of Frost or Unholy (I enjoy both other branches of tanking) ?
DÃ©sespoir, aka Gorefiend on Coldarra-EU Beta