Yesterday I closed my poll review with a suggestion that all DK's try both Tanking and DPS roles. It was a blanket statement and there will be exceptions but I stand by it.
Grimtorn indicated that with his tank heavy spec his DPS would be off even in a full set of DPS gear. I agree with this, while a tank spec in DPS gear will never put out as much damage as a pure DPS spec, there are times where a raid only needs one tank(Maxenna comes to mind). Unless you are a prot warrior or pally, you can add more value by providing DPS and letting them tank than the other way around.
Wheresmedrink has two toons and the other is an effective tank. I'd argue his DK will be better at tanking magic heavy fights than his warrior would.
Kaleyen had the issue after collecting a full tank set was needed as DPS and had to rebuild.
In every case, your off-spec role will never be optimal, but it can be the difference between killing a boss or continuing a raid should someone need to leave.
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