Why can't bosses have expertise?

On PTR tank forums, that question was asked. Players scale up, why not bosses too? Ghostcrawler’s response:

It’s something we actually talk about quite a bit. We won’t do it for Icecrown, but it could happen in the future.

The basic problem is that bosses don’t scale with gear. Their health and damage go up. That’s it. You might avoid a first tier boss 30% of the time and a final tier boss 60% of the time. That means when that final boss hits you, he needs to hit for twice as much (not even counting that he already needs to hit harder to account for your higher health and armor). If you are a dps class, you might crit a low tier boss 30% of the time and a high tier boss 50% of the time. Why should you be proportionately more powerful against more powerful enemies? If anything it just makes us scale their health and damage to extreme points.

Players generally expect the monsters in an RPG to get more powerful as the characters do. Otherwise the game just gets easier over time. WoW has traditionally not scaled any mob stats beyond damage done and health. I think if we always had done it nobody would think it was weird. You don’t get disappointed for example that the bosses hit harder as your health goes up, so why should it be any different of the mobs hit more often as your avoidance goes up? Sunwell Radiance felt odd because it was a sudden, unpredictable addition. If things always had worked that way I think players would just have accepted it. Source.

I think it would be great if end bosses did more than just hit harder, but also gained expertise so they reduced your parry and dodge chance. The difference from Sunwell Radiance is that boss’ expertise would scale up linearly, whereas Sunwell just nerfed you by a flat percent regardless of your gear.

I would expect this is one of the factors they’ll design around in Cataclysm. I talked in September about how healing and tanking will be more strategic in Cataclysm, and if you think about how they could achieve that; boss-expertise logically would be a useful tool.

It would make a boss feel less spiky and create a sense of pressure, without the bursts of damage flailing you everywhere. You’d just know, this boss is going to pound me for a steady 20K dps. That’s easier to heal than a bursty dps which across a small window might vary from 40K dps to 20K dps depending on how much your ~50% avoidance chopped it up. It’d be more linear. Special abilities would give you the burst, rather than their day-to-day melee damage.

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