In WoW Classic, a villain was recently able to refuel the Naxxramas bosses Razuvious and Loatheb, and he also successfully took on a refueling task for the four riders. Only at Patchwerk did a grenade thwart his plans.
Veterans of the Burning Crusade era may still remember: Back then, some villains managed to successfully refuel tricky raid bosses like Gruul. This was possible because they were able to achieve such a high chance of evasion through equipment, talents and buffs that they were no longer hit by physical attacks. Shortly after the first videos, a real hype broke out in the rogue community. Suddenly every assassin felt like collecting pieces of equipment with which one can improve one's own survival instead of the damage caused. The meta was then prevented by the Blizzard developers, who made adjustments via hotfix, thanks to which villains could no longer achieve absurdly high chances of evasion.
With the pre-patch, villains now have access to the Burning Crusade talents for the first time and one or the other sword wrestler may wonder whether he has a chance as a tank in Outland. After all, the systems and values of TBC Classic are based on Patch 2.4.3 and thus also on the hotfix mentioned at the beginning. The villain Chodemunkey could have provided an initial answer recently.
Chodemunkey from the US server Skeram succeeded in refueling some bosses in Naxxramas, namely Razuvios and Loatheb, and he also took on one of the refueling tasks for the four riders. Only the attempt at Patchwerk went wrong because he threw a grenade and was caught by a hit from the monstrosity in the course of this action. Here are the recordings of the respective fights (via Reddit, unfortunately not the PoV of Chodemunkey):
Of course, Chodemunkey couldn't create as much threat as a real tank, which is why the damage experts had to hold back. At the same time, the villain hardly had to be healed at all because he took next to no damage. Unfortunately there is no log on Warcraft Log Classic for the run, and we couldn't find any other details about the talent distribution or the rogue's equipment. Still, this run gives hope that villains in TBC Classic could successfully act as tanks for some bosses.