Sometimes you find information in the strangest places. This time we find some AOE tanking information in a thread on Prot DPS. No matter where it came from it is interesting. Apparently Blizzard, or at least GhostCrawler, looks at Pally AOE threat as too simple and too good and that we should expect changes at some point. Playing a Pally tank, I can't really disagree with that. Here is what he had to say about it.
4) Long-term, the paladin manner of generating AE damage and threat is probably too good, especially given how simple it is. To be honest, we have very mixed feelings on the whole AE tanking game. We brought the druid and warrior more in line with the paladin for fear of recreating the Shattered Halls / Mount Hyjal experience, where other tanks just weren't competitive. What that has led to of course is the AE tank + AE style of damage for almost every pull. You need the tools to be able to tank legitimate adds fights (imagine lots of incoming mobs), but does that mean every pull needs to devolve into that? We'd like to see less AE overall, so buffing everyone's AE tools isn't going to be tops on our agenda. That does however mean that we really can't afford to have a "best AE tank", and while things are more fair there than they were in BC, they aren't fair enough.
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