Since Beta, Tanks have debated between gearing for Avoidance and gearing for Stamina. There have been volumes written in blogs, forums and websites as the two viewpoints are argued back and forth.
We have awesome Tanks in Mal Katai, and I am proud to be part of the tanking team. That said, I think I'm the only tank in Mal Katai that goes for the Stamina or Effective Health route. Even before Paladins received their stamina buff in 2.3, I had nearly as much, or more health than our Warrior tanks. This was despite a Warrior having roughly 1.5k more health than a Paladin before gear (i.e. 'naked').
I have never gotten into a discussion with the other Tanks in the guild on this subject. Bosses are dying, and the squishies are not. That is the sole barometer in my mind. I'm not looking for perfect tanks, only adequate. And Mal Katai's tanks (all of us) are more than adequate.
Now comes Magtheridon.
Mag has two main abilities he uses on the tank.
- Melee: Magtheridon's standard melee strike will hit the tank for about 6,000.
- Cleave: A frontal melee cleave attack which hits for over 8,000 on plate. It is on a 10 second cooldown, so it's fairly predictable.
Melee + Cleave = 14k in what will look like one hit.
Our Main Tanks, Brindall and Lan run with about 15-17k raid buffed HP. By comparison, I run with 17k-19k.
I know these guys have incredible avoidance (Dodge, Parry, Miss), but if we are counting on avoiding attacks so that you never get a Melee + Cleave to both hit, we are relying on pure luck to beat the encounter.
The last thing I want to do is to look like I'm trying to tell these very successful tanks how to play. But I'd be kidding myself if I didn't admit that I think Tank death from burst damage is going to be a major issue when we try Magtheridon.
Is this all just some pitch for me to be Main Tank for Mag? That's not what I'm trying to do. His Cave In at 30% is well suited to have a Warrior use his Last Stand and Shield Wall.
This is just me expressing concerns I have about the encounter in the place where I feel most comfortable doing it.