After an initial burst of interest in pet tanking from my guild, the novelty of using my pet to tank has worn off a bit. An abundance of player tanks has rendered further opportunities to tank few and far between. So I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to off tank on four horsemen last night (10 Man).
I offered to tank both with a healer but they preferred to have me as my own unit. I wasn’t sure how that would work out, but I was willing to give it a shot. So I busted out my BM build and my turtle and was ready to go. I didn’t swap out alot of my usual gear for threat gear, as the threat mechanics are spatial, but I also didn’t swap out for heavy stam gear. I didn’t think I would need it, and I was right. Of course, had I needed it, the extra stam, in conjuction with shell shield, would have been great. I talented my turtle for zero threat extra survivability. Here is the build I went with. In the moment I was debating about taking last stand or not, and whether or not there was aoe dps. Either way would have worked for sure.
The only time I took any heavy damage was when the other tank didn’t switch right away, and I took the pain for it. A quick heal from one of the front healers and I was back in business. Shell Sheild was definitely necessary, I kept it up as often as possible. During its use my pet would often get back up to full for a few ticks, so extra stamina would be worth its weight in gold if you were struggling to stay alive.
Making the switch with the other player was not much of an issue, with me standing near the middle I sent my pet to the other boss. If the other player wasnt at the middle as my pet approached me i put the pet on follow to give them some time, and then sent the turtle on its way as the player crossed the midpoint. If the other class is a healer ask them to throw a hot or something on you and your pet as you pass them.
Lady B’s void zones can be ignored by the pet as stated in previous feat articles, but watch out for them with your hunter.
Other than that you are free to dps, something that a self healing player doesn’t have the (full) freedom to do. Wewt.