I've just started running TOD on my PM and have been asked a couple of times to kite the shadows. I told one party leader that I was uncomfortable with it, as I am still learning and would hate to cause a party wipe, and he asked me to drop group.
Since then I've been getting myself prepared as much as possible to tank the shadows instead of kite.
I'm in the process of making a GS cold absorption item (have 10 shards of supreme but no shard of power so I am delayed until next shroud run at least).
I'm very nervous to tank my first time, and will likely do so in a guild run only on normal/hard.
Unyielding Sentinel ED will put me up to roughly 975HP but will drop my INT down to 50 with ship buffs and lich. As a result, my reflex saves drop from 49 to roughly 37/38.
Is there any benefit to having the higher reflex saves against the shadows while I am tanking? I realize that their auras do cold damage but I have no idea if a strong reflex save will reduce any of the damage.
Also, do the shadows spawn soon after the boss comes out or do they respawn continuously until the boss is dead?
I plan to go in with 20/15/10% cold absorption, extended fire shield, and will probably use incendiary clouds and firewall to take shadow aggro. I plan to tank slightly away from the stairs, and keep firewall OR sleet storm going on the shadows. I heard that death aura is enough to keep aggro, but I want something else there just in case.
I read in another thread that I will take about 40 damage per tick with cold absorb, fire shield and cold protection on hard difficulty. How often roughly is a tick and to your knowledge, is this information accurate?
I'm probably over-thinking it but I just want to make sure I am prepared as much as possible. I appreciate any advice you can give and am open to any suggestions.