Hello, and thank you for the feedback so far, it has been useful.
I did not, since we usually swapped at four stacks, I did not have time to position the add on a sawblade before Death From Above. I did try tanking a normal attempt, and logs show the sawblade did almost 20% of the damage to the add. This was with kiting him out and tanking him on a sawblade it as soon as he spawned. The sawblade seemed to hit the boss for 35k twice every second - this is not a negligible amount.
That is a very good point, and not something I considered!
Based on your response, I assume you take three stacks of the boss-debuff and kite the add out as soon as it spawns?
Yeah, I take 3 stacks then run out.
There's no warrior in the raid group, but if there was, I'd make them drop skull banner for me during the first death from above, and not for anyone else. This would reliably allow me to kill the shredder before the fourth overload, unless nothing crit at all with ~70% crit.
Usually don't get many stacks of superheated on the first shredder, but the second I tank in fire the whole time, so that does a bunch of damage at 20 stacks during DFA.
@Gorbachop, I'd recommend grabbing diffuse magic if you can help it, and during the blood rage phases, use tiger's lust and sprint around soaking orbs with diffuse magic + zen meditation, seeing as the other tank is soloing it. You actually get pretty big vengeance from soaking a ton of orbs, and you can follow up with a massive guard and soak more.
However, if that's not needed, rotate cooldowns so you have dampen harm, fortifying brew, and dampen harm for each time you are tanking the boss with ~10 stacks, to carry you through to the end of 15 or whatever.
If you're a dangerous man, deliberately dip below 35% health, and replace jab with expel harm. When
your shield is off when you are not tanking the boss you can use glyph of targeted expulsion to spam heals on the other tank. I wouldn't recommend it if you're dying, but if the reason you're dying is because your healers are struggling, then it's something to consider doing, even if you just take the glyph on the off chance you dip below 35%, and don't purposefully allow yourself to fall that low.
Edited by Runeheal, 17 January 2014 - 05:14 AM.