You may get the feeling, from the title, that I’m impressed with the change to Icy Touch.
For those unfamiliar with the change, Icy Touch now does roughly seven times more threat while the DK is in Frost Presence. Combine this with the doubling of threat from Frost Presence itself, and Satorri at Tankspot estimates that it gives fourteen and a half times more threat.
Fourteen. And a half.
“That’s crazy-talk” you think, because that’s exactly what I thought. So, this morning, I volunteered to tank a random heroic for guildies, and found out for myself.
We did end up pugging a DPS, a paladin who kept trying to tank the instance in dps blues. We tried to offer help, thinking low gearscore = newb, but in this instance it was more like low gearscore = asshole who can’t get their guild to run heroics due to foul mouth and stupidity. But I’m not bitter, as the douchebag-caused wipes allowed me to dial Icy Dickpunch back from “bulletproof and OP tool for all occasions” to “valuable single-target and pulling tool” which is probably where the designers meant it.
That said, I’ve noticed that while I still have some problems with groups, having that railroad spike of threat came in handy for pulling things off the healer. I had one of our top mages and one of our ICC 25 hunters going mad on bosses, and by using IT to refresh diseases and saving HB for Rime procs I easily kept aggro. When the mage mirrored, I laid into IT, empowered rune weapon, laid into it again, and she didn’t come close to pulling off me. And if I’m using this spec in a fight like Rotface or Saurfang when I need to taunt and disease without AoEs, IT is an Arthas-sent blessing now.
Tanking, which is a misery and a tribulation unto me, is now fun and exciting.
I give it till the weekend before the inevitable nerf.