So I tried your silly heal-the-tank-only-half-way strategy on faction champions. Yeah, it didn't go so well. Probably coulda been because even in PvP gear she (the tank, Fuu) still has 25k armor and the next highest was 17k. Not to mention the clothies. And none of us brought potions or anything to boost armor. It could have been that. But we're casual. Like ultra casual. Like I found out after the raid last night that one of my warlocks didn't have anything enchanted and was wearing an mp5 chest piece. (In his defense, he still pulled a pretty decent DPS number for his gear level and he just got back from a rather long sabbatical, like years. He's also more of a PvP'er.)
Warlocks do NOT wear mp5. Srsly. We have life tap. Life Tap is way better than mp5. Healers are comfortable with mp5. Trust me, the last thing we want is for healers to get too comfortable around us. Tap early, tap often. Not often enough to jeopardize your spot on top of the meters, mind you, but at least often enough to keep your healers on edge.
Aaaaanyways, my point is just that maybe the strat wasn't for us. It's not a question of gear level either (the faction champions attempt I'm referring to was not last night with previously mentioned warlock, but the night before. It's just the same casual crew of people, but the slight more raid inclined folks. It was a mind-set example. Why am I explaining so much? Ah, bad writing is bad.) It's probably more a question of needing the pots and scrolls and little things that you should have to raid but we religiously don't. I mean, some of us do, but it's not a requirement. We don't really check. Personally, I don't really care. If you can get your job done without an expensive elixir, then by all means, don't bring one. I'm too competitive to run without one. I cringe when a mage beats me on the charts (not that that ever happens). Or even worse, a hunter (hunters have become the new mage in terms of walrocky hatred mind you... the council has spoken. Not that we're giving mages a free pass, mind you, just that they no longer require our full attention to be put in their place.)
(Except for Gnomeaggedon. I like him, even in his magery. I don't know why. Perhaps because his name resonates with warlock evility. Hey Gnomer, comment on this crap... check it out... no word verification. That was for you, buddy. And I want to experiment with how much spam I actually get. I mean, I'm kind of a big deal, but not that big. My apartment smells of rich mohogany. Burnt rich mohogany. But my theory is just that I'll probably get the same small amount I normally get anyways, so you're right... why make it harder? Plus with my recent being blocked from work, I totally feel you when I'm on my iPhone. /fisttochestbump. Keep on truckin'. Gnomer and out and stuff.)
So the problem was, our half healed tank suited in her lowest armor gear yet still in tanking spec, ran in. They had a Pally/Priest healing combo with a Boomkin and a Mage rounding out their ranged threat. To finish the six, they were sporting the Shammy and Rogue. So there were no pets at least, but still that seems to be a messy combination even for a seasoned group. And I hate this fight anyways.
Our recently naked to remove health and then hastily re-clad Paladin runs in, the enemy melee run out... directly at the almost max-ranged healers. W. T. F. Like I said, had we had special drugs, we might have purple-rained death all over their symbolic asses. But we didn't. In the strat's defense, up until they began unleashing a multitude of snaring options available to them, with the majority of their focus on a half-tank and a panicked healer... the DPS was able to burn at a pretty decent rate. Still, that priest of their is a healing pro and tough in conjuction with a pally. I never thought I'd wish to see a tree in that fight.
So, while I'm not ready to shelve that approach (and we did try just a normal every-man-for-themselves-and-try-to-live strat a few times too, but they just had so much healing combined with CC that we found it very hard to down anyone), I'd like to offer an alternative Faction Champions strategy. This flies in the face of conventional tactics, but really uses every group's strongest asset: their Warlock.
Since the introduction of the faction champions farce, Warlocks everywhere have been nom'ed on at an obscene rate. We're like public enemy number one in there. So here's my idea: let 'em have us! Srsly, send your lock in with spam heals and warlock tank the shit out of them. If you were here for TBC, you know that warlock tanking has been done before. Just because it's but a ghost of the past, don't let new-age thinking sway you. Warlocks make good tanks.
I mean, out of all the clothies, we're the most surviveable. And the fact that we're cloth-clad here will help us keep aggro. Plus we can drain life constantly and pop an AoE fear if the healers need a chance to catch up. Finally, if you're demo specced, you can pop on soul link to share the damage (does anyone know if soul link counts as "effective health" as far as aggro'ing these buggers goes? If not, what a great little loophole right?).
Think about it. It has promise right? Send in the 'lock and keep him up at all costs. Locks are hated and feared by all, so the faction champs will have no choice but to focus on me, leaving all the other cats in our group free to roam, rape, and pillage. I'll just sit there, sharded of course because self-sharding ftw, and take it. I'll steal their help. CC a bit. And otherwise be a decoy.
I'm not above being a decoy. I mean it beats running all the hell around doing mediocre DPS and struggling to CC a focused target, amirite? If I'm going to get nom'ed anyways, I'd rather get nom'ed in the face while corrupting your soul and putting fear into your heart that just go quietly running away like some blinking mage or disengaging hunter. Pansies run from a fight. And maybe they'll be all scared like: what if this guy is like Rocky Balboa and will just absorb all our punches until we wear ourselves out and the rest of the crew goes in for the knock out punch.
And then we'll be all like: Yo, Adrian! and junk.
It may need some refining, but it's a good idea... right?