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SWTOR does it just fine. Specs for it and companions that do it. Just because the boss / mobs might eventually get into melee range, doesn't mean your not a ranged tank anymore, cuz you are.
in the since could they keep a boss at a range no, that breaks to many things just cant be done. Can a tank have good ranged abilities yes. Go check out wildstar they have made it work very well.
Mind Control channel which costs HP. Length and cost of HP based on char's mitigation stats.
Eye of the Beast on steroids. The pet could recieve portion of char's mitigation stats.
Rotting channel CC that costs HP. Length and cost of HP based on char's mitigation stats.
Tanking totem drop that costs a big chunk of HP. Mitigation stats are based on char mitigation stats.
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A ranged tank will only work when there is something instead of the player character standing on the boss.
This could be any kind of intelligent pets, mirrow images, a shield etc. However, I think the player would have to have a little bit more
control over such pets / clones, to turn bosses around, to kite them. So you either have to move both at the same time or just the tanking target
while the character itselfs fires projectiles / arrows / whatever.
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In certain situations of course. I did fine as a shadow priest tank for Mimiron and Blood Council.
The mob you're fighting would need to be kept at range, otherwise it would negate the "ranged" tanking part.
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If you have 2 tanks and the one is a melee and the other is the ridiculous range tank of yours how a splash swing will be managed?
How the melee boss will hit the range tank? With magical attacks that it don't have?
I could go on and on and create an never ending list that range tank won't work without massive and unneeded changes.
Range tanking, and range means you stay away from the bosses, you keep threat but you also get damage is not possible.
Putting a pet that you fully control is not range tank is melee tank played by a char played by the player, the stupidity hit the fan.
Giving bosses some additional ability when a melee doesn't have agro, or letting some abilitities hit non-tank melee when a melee doesn't have threat are both options. You'd effectively be trading a less vulnerable tank for more vulnerable dps. Though, I'm sure it would upset people who like to play the game while watching TV, it would make the game more fun for people who like to be engaged.
Doesn't seem feasible with the way bosses currently work. Most of them will always run into melee range of the tank, so if someone is 'ranged tanking' then it would probably just be annoying for melee to chase it around.
As a class? No. As a fight gimmick like in the past with a caster? Sure. All of the complicated and silly reasons for how it would work are null. In order to preserve raid comps, balance, and the way that fights work you will need to have bosses always in melee range for a tank. The only way to balance it would be to have abilities of bosses affect this class differently (allow all abilities to be ranged on them) so that they stay at max distance, but deal the same damage as they would to any other tank. This would be arbitrary, cause more work than simply leaving things as they are, and not really affect the playstyle at all. No, no, no.
Sounds like a terrible idea.
Gimmick tanks like Warlocks, Mages, Hunters, SPriests have been used in the past for High King Maulgar, Shazzrah, Leotheras the Blind, High Astromancer Capernian and Illidan late phases all made sense because Blizzard built in aoe and knockback that a melee tank would have a tough time with as well as resist sets for those classes to effectively tank.
I think those fights were interesting because they forced non-tank classes to be utilized and the players to go outside their "comfort zone". I would like to see those fights in the future, but as for a ranged tank for regular boss fights, no. I think that would be foolish just like it is in SWTOR.