I am sorry I've given you the impression I don't care for new tanks. The exact opposite is true. I wouldn't have put the time in if I didn't want to help any and all tanks looking to improve. What i meant by that is that I didn't feel the need to say "hey, if you pick an ability you actually have to use that ability", since that should be fairly obvious. Do you think a mage guide would be required to say "living bomb is the highest dps choice of the t75 talents, but you have to use the living bomb in order to get the benefit," or is the fact that you have to use the button you pick obvious enough to be left out?
The DKs I was referring to are the DKs who just go through their spell book, put spells that look good on their action bars, and have at it without thinking of whats optimal or not. It's not a DK thing, all classes have this level of player. surely you've seen arms warriors using 1h weapons, or a ret pally who just chills in righteous fury despite repeated prompts from the group. What i'm trying to say is that there are many levels of players in this game. People will play the game how they wish to play it, and I will never tell them to do otherwise. I've got nothing against players who play that way, and can't fault them in any way for playing the game how they wish to play it. My target audience with this guide is anyone who sincerely wants to improve their DK tanking, and i try to give them any and all tools to do so at any level. For someone just learning how to tank I feel the simple playstyle section is enough to get started:
I hesitate to simply it much further because if i lay out a "rotation", I fear people will adhere too strictly to it, which is bad for blood tanking. You can't put DK tanking into a simple rotation and get good results, and i'm afraid if I simplify it too much it may do more harm than good.Single Target:
Use FU runes (including combos of F U and D runes) on Death strike, dump Runic Power with Rune Strike, make sure you always have diseases on targets you are tanking, and dump blood runes with heart strike (above 35%) Soul Reaper (below 35%) and make sure you are keeping diseases up through Blood Boils from Crimson Scourge to maintain diseases. If you are left with an open GCD, use Horn of Winter. It's free Runic Power and should be used anytime you don't have something else to use.
very similar to the Single Target, except you may have to use D runes on Blood Boil (4 or more targets) or Heart Strike (3 targets or less), as well as D or U runes on Death and Decay. Try to balance survivability with AoE threat, since D and U runes spent on non death strike abilities means less death strikes. It's better to err on the side of survivability, since a dead tank doesn't hold aggro well.
I have no feelings of condescension towards tanks at any levels, and am sorry you got that impression. If you feel the guide needs to have a more simplified section for brand new tanks, I will see if I can write a section that simplifies it without going too simple, and risks doing what I mentioned above.