Tanking for Dummies


Pro-Tip: Keep your Prot Warriors Prot For Faction Champions
September 21, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Raiding, Strategy | Tags: , , ,

There is a lot of, shall we say, righteous fury in the general WoW raider community over the Faction Champions fight in Trial of the Crusader.  For the record, I agree with most of the sentiments issued: the implementation of PvP-like encounters in a PvE environment is just, simply put, not fun.  This is coming from a person who even said that something of this variety would have been an interesting addition.  To say I am disappointed should be obvious.

However, Blizzard has stated simply that they are unlikely to change the encounter much.  Given that, a raid has to do what a raid has to do – kill them deader than dead.

The first impulse for many raid would be to make the best use they can of Dual Spec and have their raid swap in PvP talent builds trying to maximize survivability.  There are serious advantages here, but let me be straightforward here – do not do this to your Protections Warriors.

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Arms for the Prot Warrior
August 12, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Gear, Strategy, Talents | Tags: , , , ,

Let us be honest here.  There are just some fights where there is only room for the one tank.  Vezax and Saphiron come mostly to mind.  Heck, in a 25-man raid, if a fight requires only two tanks that means most of the time someone has to DPS.

Lately, that has been me a lot.  My Fury DPS was a joke when I had the opportunity to try it, and so I’ve been doing double protection and doing my best to DPS with my shield on.  Just Breaking 2k DPS with full raid buffs was, shall we say, about all I could handle.

Then, along came the Trial of the Champion with it’s massive amounts of Armor Penetration and its sweet two-hander.  It was just begging for an Arms build and for me to try my hand at secondary spec DPS again.

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Ulduar Journal: General “Just use a DK tank.”
June 5, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Analysis, Raiding, Rants | Tags: , , , ,

So much trash.

That is the first thing that I got from what we did on Vezax.  There is 7 pulls, Three of which are Mini-bosses of about the same level of difficulty as the Ancients in Freya’s area.  They don’t drop Emblem’s though, and that’s okay.  The ones that should drop the emblems are the 4 other pulls of NINE.  Did I mention there is only eight raid markers?  It was a good thing that I’m currently messing around with a dual-prot spec, so I could avoid accidentally dotting the sheep.  Not that this mattered much since the Death Knights did this anyway.  My god that first pull was so much death.  Especially one one of the rogue type mobs decided it would shadow step back to the start of the instance and start ganking healers when we tried to graveyard zerg it.

It works a bit better when your crowd control is working, but it still takes forever to clear, nearly an hour in our case.  As for Vezax himself…

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Dear Blizzard,
May 27, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Humor, Stupid Tanking, Talents | Tags: , , ,

I know, once upon a time, I leveled as Fury.  I know that… well, you made it easy to get epic gear and that even with some blues in the mix my stats are pretty good.  I know, quite frankly, that I aught to be better at hitting my free slams and all that Jazz.

But for gods sake make the pain stop.

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Dual Spec Experiment Take 1: Fury
May 1, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Analysis | Tags: , , ,

Ah Dual Specialization.  You are such a mixed blessing.

Thus far, I have only bothered to buy Dual Spec with Tarsus.  There are practical reasons for this of course – I have other things to blow money on now that I’m averaging 250 gold in repair bills a night in Ulduar for one.  But other than that I can’t help but feel like I’ve got a touch of buyer’s remorse.  Not that Titan’s Grip isn’t stupidly fun or anything, it is.  It’s just… not as awesome as I thought it would be.

Allow me to be more specific.

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3.1 Commentary – The Implications of Dual-Spec
April 6, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Advice for Non Tanks, Talents | Tags: , , , , ,

I have been revising this post again and again since I first composed it as details have emerged about 3.1.  Time is running short, however, so I’ve taken the liberty to try to strip it down to the most basic elements in anticipation of the upcomming patch.

Needless to say one of the things that I am most looking forward to in the near future is the ability to swap seamlessly between two selections of talents, aka Dual-Spec.  I’m glad that Blizzard is taking this on, but from my little soapbox this seems like it will have some pretty broad implications for Warrior Tanking, I think even things that may have escaped notice in the omni-present opinion pages of the blogosphere. Continue reading