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How should I be using my Flares?

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How should I be using my Flares?

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hunterraaze
12.23.2012 , 12:21 PM | #1
(PvE) I have been using them every time the cool down finishes, but I still seem to be pulling alot of threat (ops and flash points). Is there specific times I should use them, like, when i'm being attacked, or should I just stick to what I am doing?

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bahdasz
12.25.2012 , 02:10 PM | #2
First, you need to be in a group with players that are putting out more or equal hate. It doesn't clear your hate, it reduces it a little, if there's nobody there with more hate built up than you (a healer or tank for instance) it means you're still going to be the main object of attention.

Knowing the situation you're talking about might help someone identify the problem and give you advice. I mean is it you're the healer and your group has a really horrible tank or you're spamming AOE in a crowded area or even you thought you could solo flashpoints by just firing off your flares a lot?

Post more details please

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Holinyx
12.25.2012 , 10:10 PM | #3
let the tank get aggro, then single hit THAT mob. don't AoE unless tank has situation under control. i'm talking about heroic stuff/flashpoints/Ops. regular pve should not matter. as soon as something runs for you, pop flare. you should NOT be pulling that much aggro.
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hunterraaze
12.30.2012 , 05:49 PM | #4
Should have been more clear, sorry. I mostly find it in flash points. I don't use my Aoe's just because I think it would worsen the situation. I let the tank go in, wait a second or two, then start attacking. With a group, don't try and solo flash points.

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TyrKartelos
12.31.2012 , 12:02 AM | #5
If you are pulling aggro then it sounds like you have been with bad/inexperianced tanks. Ive run through many FPs and OPs and rarely pull anything, if I do it is usually during a boss fight and then I pop flares and the tank taunts or something and then the issue is fixed.

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Bouncy_Hunter
01.01.2013 , 04:30 PM | #6
I use my flares if I pull aggro, once I got aggro I pop it. If everybody does their job correctly (including ourselves) we shouldn't be pulling aggro anyway. Just make sure you're not nuking something that the Tank only had a smash on. Always target the one that the Tank is slapping around unless he fails at doing his job and you need to get something off the healer.

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steave
01.03.2013 , 08:46 PM | #7
Yeah, you've simply been playing with a tank that you either significantly outgear, or who's bad at his job.
You should of course be using your threat dump (especially early on when his first taunt is about to expire, after your initial burst), but a good tank should still be holding aggro, and if he's not he should put a guard on you to help reduce your threat even more.

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Cody-licious
01.18.2013 , 07:58 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Bouncy_Hunter View Post
I use my flares if I pull aggro, once I got aggro I pop it. If everybody does their job correctly (including ourselves) we shouldn't be pulling aggro anyway. Just make sure you're not nuking something that the Tank only had a smash on. Always target the one that the Tank is slapping around unless he fails at doing his job and you need to get something off the healer.
Well I'm glad some people realise this!
This really bugs me when I'm on my healer and I see some random DPS guys just taking their pick of targets exactly the same time as when the tank rushes in -- no waiting for CC, no waiting for build-up of aggro. And inevitably, the DPS pulls aggro and puts pressure on everyone else. Very frustrating.
But I suppose we'd get bored of an easy life, huh?
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JimmyTheCannon
02.16.2013 , 06:07 AM | #9
Agreed. The ONLY times, in group situations, that the DPS should be attacking something other than the tank's primary target are:

1) It's a normal and you know you can burn it down in one or two attacks (5k health enemies in HM FPs that you can take out with a single Unload or a HSM crit);

2) The tank is (understandably) holding onto an elite and you and the other DPS are coordinating to pick off the other enemies one by one, as a team;

and 3) A mob is going for the healer and you see it before the tank does, and even then, you should probably only attack it until the tank regains aggro on him (unless he's almost dead by that point anyway, in which case - finish the job!)

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JimmyTheCannon
02.23.2013 , 03:42 AM | #10
Chaff Flare is FINALLY off the GCD in 2.0. Thank you, Bioware.