I want a melee DPS threat reducing gem.
When my gear started going up, I started having problems with pulling aggro in kitty. I actually struggled with this for quite a while. I’ve been much better about trying to watch it lately, but honestly, I haven’t really worried about it on boss fights with the progression stuff. Single target bosses, aggro shouldn’t be a problem.
So last night we’re whacking away on Deathbringer Saurfang, I love this fight because I can stand there and just totally unload on the boss. While everyone else is busy grabbing blood beasts and kiting, I can keep on top of my priority list and just whack away, well, in theory.
So, last night, about a third of the way into the fight, he turns around and whacks me, down I go with one shot. My old nemesis had returned again, I had drawn aggro.
I need to remember my mantra, “If the Tank dies, it’s the Healer’s fault. If the Healer dies, it’s the Tank’s fault. If the I die, it’s my own damned fault.”
I’ve had some lucky rolls and good upgrades in the past few weeks. Which drastically improved my DPS, which unfortunately has dramatically improved my ability to draw aggro. And unfortunately, Cower is broken. When my “aggro dump” can be placed back with a single attack, that’s not going to give me a whole lot of breathing room. For the next two goes at him, the pally tank threw a Hand of Salvation on me when my aggro got too high, but it still irks the heck out of me that I wasn’t paying enough attention to noticed it happened.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the first time it happened last night. On Lady Deathwhisper, we got her shield down, I ran up to start DPS, didn’t touch her, waiting for the tank to grab aggro. But with the aggro reset and I was closer than the tank was due to my speed, once again squished kitty on the floor.
I’m starting to get to the point where my interrupts are becoming more instinctual. Although, I wish I could see the cast bars easier. I’ve had Omen up just to try to watch my aggro. But hadn’t been paying attention to it in boss fights, because I didn’t forsee myself able to pull aggro against some of our top tanks.
I’ve actually been considering Prism of Inner Calm, Fetish of the Sand Reaver or Enchant Cloak – Subtlety to help me deal with threat issues. It looks like the cloak enchant would have the lowest impact on my DPS, but will a flat 2% threat reduction make a big huge difference?
I guess the real answer is, I just need to pay attention to my threat better. One more thing to juggle with my kitty “rotation.”