Tanking for Dummies

3.1 Token Rewards – Argent Tournament and Badge of Conquest
April 14, 2009, 12:01 am
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In honor of the patch going live today I give you Wednesday’s post a little early.  It’s short, but topical!

Argent Tournament

Horde Alliance
1-Hand Axe Axe of the Sen’jin Protector Teldrassil Protector 25 x Champ’s Seal
Feet Blood-Caked Stompers Stanchions of Unseatable Furor 10 x Champ’s Seal

Hey Kadomi, would you look at that?  An Axe!  It’s the same item level as the Red Sword of Courage too.

Emblem’s of Conquest

Hands Gauntlets of the Royal Watch 28 x Emblem of Conquest
Legs Wyrmguard Legplates 39 x Emblem of Conquest
Waist Shieldwarder Girdle 28 x Emblem of Conquest
Neck Shard of the Crystal Forest 19 x Emblem of Conquest

I have also updated last week’s 25-man and 10-man loot tables with the latest knowledge, including the new crafted tanking pieces. Better start saving those Titansteel bars now.


…the 10-man loot too.
April 10, 2009, 12:01 am
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I think from the shorter list and the larger number of unknowns, it’s somewhat obvious the 10-man has had less testing than the 25-man.

Weapon Legacy of Thunder Thorim-10
Weapon Shiver Hodir-10-Hard
Weapon Stoneguard ?-10
Shield The Boreal Guard Hodir-10-Hard
Shield Shieldwall of the Breaker Auriaya-10
Hands Adamant Handguards Trash-10
Head Ironbark Faceguard Freya-10
Legs Gilded Steel Legplates Leviathan-10-Hard
Legs Archaedas’ Lost Legplates Auriaya-10
Shoulder Shoulderguards of the Solemn Watch ?-10
Waist Stormtempered Girdle Razorscale-10
Wrist Flamewatch Armguards Leviathan-10
Cloak Cloak of the Iron Council Iron Council-10
Cloak Saronite Animus Cloak Vezax-10
Ring Signet of Winter Hodir-10
Neck Fervor of the Protectorate Trash Mobs-10
Neck Mark of the Unyielding ?-10

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Parsed for your Pleasure
April 8, 2009, 12:01 am
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The following data spam comes courtesy of the Ulduar-25 Loot List on MMO Champion. I’ve parsed it for my fellow warrior tank homeys . Don’t say I haven’t saved you some time today.

Weapon Sorthalis, Hammer of the Watchers XT-002-25-Hard
Weapon Titanguard Leviathan-25
Ranged Veranus’ Bane Razorscale-25
Shield Northern Barrier Hodir-25
Chest Unbreakable Chestguard Auriaya-25
Feet Greaves of the Stonewarder Trash Mobs-25
Feet Charred Saronite Greaves Razorscale-25
Feet Plans: Spiked Deathdealers Multiple-25
Hands Handguards of Revitalization Freya-25-Hard
Hands Handguards of the Enclave Iron Council-25
Head Helm of the Faceless Vezax-25
Legs Saronite Plated Legguards Kologarn-25
Legs Legplates of the Endless Void ?-25-Hard
Shoulder Shoulderplates of the Deconstructor XT-002-25
Waist Dragonslayer’s Brace Razorscale-25
Waist Plans: Indestructible Plate Girdle Multiple-25
Wrist Mimiron’s Inferno Couplings Leviathan-25
Cloak Titanskin Cloak Freya-25-Hard
Cloak Cloak of the Makers Auriaya-25
Ring Platinum Band of the Aesir Auriaya-25
Ring Signet of the Earthshaker XT-002-25
Ring The Leviathan’s Coil Leviathan-25
Neck Titanstone Pendant Trash Mobs-25
Neck Bronze Pendant of the Vanir Freya-25-Hard
Neck Necklace of Unerring Mettle Kologarn-25
Trinket The General’s Heart Vezax-25
Trinket Heart of Iron Ignis-25

Some thoughts on this after the break.

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3.1 Commentary – The Implications of Dual-Spec
April 6, 2009, 12:01 am
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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

Now with Glyphs!
March 18, 2009, 12:01 am
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Rumors are circulating around that Patch 3.1 is going to hit in early April.  Changes are coming hard and fast and keeping up with them can be a challenge.  This goes double when the additions keep coming with each PTR build.  Someone should tell those Ulduar raid testers that parsing WoWhead’s PTR database is where the difficulty is really at.

So… Glyphs!  They’re papery mystic thingies that customize our abilities.  Some are more useful than others.  Let’s take a look at some of the new ones (the ones that aren’t just getting a makeover) for warrior tanks… shall we?

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Tank for Success… with more Goat!
March 6, 2009, 12:01 am
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Despite this being the Year of the Tauren, it is now clear that Blizzards has claimed the sacrificial lamb goat as the metaphorical totem animal of warriors.  This may confuse those of you who are unfamiliar with our horned friends.  I too was ignorant until I took a brief moment with the internet to uncover these important revelations of why our blue texted overlords chose to bless us with this most unusual of animals!

  1. Goats establish dominance in their herds by butting heads. This can serve as a model for identifying the main tank of your raid.  Assure your friendly fellow tanks, those Paladins, Death Knights, and Druids, that this is a perfectly harmless activity that will sort out all those pesky questions about who tanks what.  It won’t hurt them to loose a few brain cells anyway – what harm has it done to you?
  2. Goats are  leading source of dairy products and produce between 2-3 quarts of milk per day. It is appropriate then that warriors should now carry sufficient cheese and milk products with them in case their traveling companions should become hungry.  Be careful, however, as certain gnomes are known to fancy dairy products for their suspected properties as an aphrodisiac.
  3. Wattles are the name for the beard-like tuft of fur that hangs off of a goat’s chin. Not all goats have Wattles, but it might serve to distinguish warriors if we were to all adopt goatees.  This might be something of a problem for those of us who have trouble growing facial hair, but I have heard certain applications of gnomish engineering have produced suitable results.
  4. Goats have an important dietary role going back thousands of years. Goats were considered Kosher and often slaughtered for honored guests; an important fact to consider next time you die because of the actions of puggers in your party.  Instead of  getting angry, reflect on this as your part in a long goat tradition.
  5. Goats are one of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac. Consider that goats are reportedly known for being shy, introverted, creative, and perfectionist.  If you’re not already passive aggressive, now may be the time to seize your inner goat by the horns and ride.
  6. And Lastly, Goats are traditionally associated with sex and devil worship in Western Culture. This widely known fact will easily explain why the new four piece set bonus for Warrior Tier 8 will be a random proc that will transform you into a giant goat-headed sex god/goddess who will lead your raids in a Maenad-like mad drunken pillage of Ulduar shouting “Ia Ia Yog-Saron!”

So, in anticipation of the comming sheep jokes, strut those shoulders and proclain loudly and proudly your goat status with these helpful tips.

3.1 – Top 10 Things I Want from Ulduar
February 20, 2009, 12:01 am
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Axiom feels like it is once again at the point where things are being farmed, even Sartharion 3D has started dropping for us with some regularity.  This pretty much means that, ludicrous lag and disconnects non-withstanding, we own all content.

And that means we have some amount of focus on what comes next – namely Ulduar.

Now that we’ve been exposed to some spoilers I am really starting to psyched.  I love norse mythology, and it seems like the Vault of the Titans is just going to be loaded with good old viking inspired lore.  But because so much is still unknown at the moment, there is an incentive to speculate and hope for things out of a new raid instance.

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