Tanking for Dummies


There have always been things that, from other classes, that I thought would be ridiculously useful parts of the Warrior Tank’s arsenal.

Perhaps a better way to say this is that, while I love warriors to death, there are tanking tricks which I would kill to have that are the providence of other classes.  In fact, I can think of at least one from each class that I think would be an awesome tanking tool.  See if you can follow my logic here, they’re probably not the ones you’ll expect.

Warlock’s Curse of Recklessness – The thing about Curse of Recklessness is that is breaks fear on your opponent.  I could frankly care less about the other effects, but I cannot count the number of wipes that might have been saved had I the capacity to break someone else’s fear.  Now a-days I just have to pray I’m facing the right direction and I am fast enough when I hit Shockwave.

Shaman’s Lightning Shield – Lightning Shield seems to me to be a holdover from when Blizzard thought Enhancement Shamans should be able to tank.  This is frankly a waste with the way shamans have turned out – but it would be a fantastic tanking ability for bit of burst threat, especially at the start of a fight.  The closest you get now is hitting Shield Block for a slight increase in your Damage Shield numbers.

Rogue’s BackstabIt irritates the hell out of me when a mob decides he wants to look at someone else.  I’m the tank darn it, look at me when I’m hitting you!  Well, with backstab (or, garrote as well to be fair) there would be a serious detriment to a mob deciding that he wanted to use some ability on someone else in the party.

Priest’s Inner Fire – Inner Fire gives a nice Armor Boost that goes away as you get hit.  I would love to have something like that when I’m in my avoidance gear.  I would be like “Oh, you finally hit me!  Too bad I had Inner Fire!  That was pathetic!”

Paladin’s Blessing of Protection – I don’t know how to explain Blessing of Protection save to say that it is like Intervene but a thousand times better.  I won’t deny that Intervene has it’s uses (getting out of Murmur’s Shockwave for example), but I rarely ever use it for it’s primary effect, preventing damage to the target.  Blessing of Protection protects the target, drops their agro, and gives them a hamster ball of shame.  What is not to like here?

Mage’s SpellstealWhen they added the ability for us to see the buffs on mobs, all of a sudden we learned about the crap we were missing.  NPCs may not have great brain power, but damn their buffs are cracked out as hell.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love that my Shield Slam removes the buffs, that’s awesome and I use it all the damn time to remove stupid Bone Shield, but come on, I would steal that shit in a heartbeat if I could.  There are just too many good tanking buffs that NPCs have to ignore.

Hunter’s MisdirectEvery off tank has wished they had this at some point.  Let’s be honest, Hunters do awesome DPS, but their squishy as hell and that means using Misdirect with it’s somewhat buggy implementation often leads to dead Hunters.  Being able to transfer threat TO another tank (the opposite of Vigilance) would be a great tool to have.

Druid’s Nature’s GraspI love our movement abilities, I really do.  Intervene, Intercept, Charge are awesome, and so is Warbringer for making them even better.  But NPCs are bloody fast and irritatingly so, they often make the abilities seem useless for their primary tanking purpose.  Natures Grasp would change that given the way root effects work.  Also, I don’t think I need to add that being able to pop this at the end of a taunt effect would be just awesome for a few extra seconds of guaranteed attention.

Death Knight’s Death Grip -My Death Knight Raggok is almost 80 now and I am still amazed at just how rediculously useful a tanking tool Death Grip is.  I would even go so far to say, in our age of AoE instance grinding, the ability to grab casters and particularly mobs with guns/bows/javelins/etc and get them into your AoE threat range instantly is practically the most overpowered tanking ability that their is.  Heroic Throw, as awesome as it is, doesn’t even come close to being as awesome as Death Grip.  Death Grip has everything you could want: a short cooldown, innate taunt component, spell interrupt, AND instant forced movement.  The only thing it doesn’t do is damage, and blizzard will have to forgive me if I don’t see any warrior using Heroic Throw for damage.


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I especially agree with Deathgrip. I finally started leveling my DK and Deathgrip is ridiculously useful. I never have to body pull extra mobs trying to get to that caster.

Comment by Darraxus

@Darraxus – It’s crazy, I know. Combined with Strangulate grouping up enemies is just too easy. Strategically speaking, Death Grip is effectively the new crowd control. That is because the challenge in pulling is no longer the risk of pulling too many mobs and being unable to control them but rather confining them to the area in which the AoE is taking place.

Comment by Tarsus

To be fair, the Static Shock talent did finally make Lightning Shield useful again. But I do have fond memories of my troll shaman’s days as a tank :)

Comment by Yuki

Bone Armor, actually, is no longer spellsteal-able, for the simple reason that it was possible to solo the military wing of Naxxramas as a mage. On heroic mode.

Comment by Figworth

I thought this change wasn’t live yet? I could be mis-remembering.

Though Bone Armor wasn’t the only thing I was thinking of with spell steal even if it is the most obvious. There are plenty of shields (lightning, power word, mana, etc.) I would totally steal as well.

Comment by Tarsus

Aye, Bone Armor was indeed hotfixed relatively quickly after the mage video. It’s still dispellable I believe but definitely can’t be stolen anymore =(. I’ll take a spellsteal for PvP though! Darn Pallies BoPing the mage I’m trying to SS to death, spellsteal and cancel to finish him off would be win indeed.

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