A very real danger to any DPS class is the risk of pulling aggro from your tank, and thus getting yourself horribly squashed, and potentially wiping the party.
If you have mad DPS, but keep pulling aggro and getting killed 15 seconds in, you are useless. Worse than useless, you are a liability to the party.
Don’t be the warlock who opens each fight with a Shadowbolt crit of 4k.
Don’t be the Boomkin who starts off every boss fight with a Starfire crit.
And please, for the love of all that is Mageness, don’t be the mage who fires off PoM + Pyro the same second the Paladin first hits the mob.
So, here are some strategies on mitigating threat, and how to work with your tanks to avoid being a dumbass.
You may not always be able to avoid threat, but you can mitigate it. (more…)