Let us all bow our heads in silence in remembrance of the uniqueness of the Death Knight. No other class could tank and dps within the same tree and come Cataclysm, no class will ever again. I can understand the retcon on the DK design given how many headaches their balancing issues have caused, it’s just a shame that it had to come to this. Yet, I’ll attempt to be positive about this and embrace the decision to go with a dedicated tanking tree.

There’s only one issue, with this change my preferred dps tree is now a tanking tree and my preferred tanking tree is now a dps tree. My DK’s world has been turned upside down and torn asunder! When I do return from my WoW-hiatus I have a couple of decisions to make: Do I learn to tank in blood now or later? Then once I figure that out, do I switch to unholy dps or remain blood until Cataclysm? I’m not a big fan of frost dps, so post-cataclysm it appears that unholy will be my only option for dps. @.@;

Anyhoo, I did promise to be positive so let’s look at the bright side of having a dedicated tanking tree. No longer will I have to lust over great tanking talents in blood and unholy, they’ll all be in the blood tree. I’m sure the frost tanking talents will have to go through some “re-flavoring” to fit in the blood theme which will be interesting. Having a dedicated tanking tree will also benefit healers as no longer will there be 3 different flavors of DK tanks; they’ll have a better idea of what to expect with a DK tank.

We’ll also have less confusion on how to setup our tanking builds with not being of two minds in our talent selection. For some reason it was always odd that I would have to dump lots of points into pure dps talents to get deep enough to pick up pure tanking talents in the frost tree. There’s only one issue that remains with the presences … will blood presence become the tanking presence? Or will Blizzard rename them to be in line with warrior stances, just with a death knight flavor?

So many questions, so little answers.

Add in the change to the rune system and there’s a lot to digest all at once. It’s almost causing me perpetual indigestion. I’m sure things will shake down and all will be well for the Knights of the Ebon Blade, but for now it’s a little hard to see the forest through the trees. I have faith that it’ll all work out and if things do end up out-of-wack, it’ll get fixed at some point. Wrath has been a roller-coaster for DKs and for once I think the devs will finally get the class balanced in Cataclysm.

Now where’s our monk? I’d love to have a cloth-wearing hybrid class that can heal, tank, or dps.