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9-28-2007 @ 11:41AM
Yeah, solo prot warriors are pretty craptacular.But I'll debate the necessity of the vast majority of the top-tier prot talents all day long. Most of them are entirely worthless, especially as your tanking gear achieves the right stats to make them mostly useless. http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=LV0cZE0zVZfVdoIMzfxsthat was my last tanking build. It wasn't awesome at solo play, but it was better than someone putting 46+ points into prot for minimally effective talents. Vitality? Please, you're getting maybe 500HP out of it and 50 str. Is that really going to matter when you're tanking? Nah. Devastate we've already established is mostly worthless. You're only marginally increasing your DPS output, but if you're tanking you've also already correctly identified the huge problem, that it doesn't MATTER how much damage you're doing, your threat output isn't affected. Do, devastate was supposed to be a sweet solo play help for full prot tanks.. but it's not. It still sucks. (and it may still suck, although I guess a wee bit of extra dps while sundering instead of just sunders will be good?). I've never found improved sheid wall to be terribly effective, since by the time you need to pop it an extra 5 seconds isn't going to un-wipe the party most of the time. Everyone in the party having an extra boost to their HP with commanding shout, or extra AP for the attackers with battle shout? Now that's what I call utility. Basically, soloing with this build more or less requires you to battleshout all the time, and piercing howl on a regular basis to get the daze effect and make your heroic strikes worth more damage since you don't have a mortal strike. With the right gems and the right gear it's not THAT bad. It's nowhere near the speed of cleaving through things with an arms/fury warrior of course, but you should be able to tank instances well enough to get the gear that'll get you up to a %25-30 crit, and your survivability will be pretty high as well. IMO this build is just fine for 5-man, heroics and 10-man raids. I think it could work with tweaks for bigger raids. (swap thunderclap for imp def stance at least since you'll rarely be tanking multiple mobs in a 25-man right?)Yeah prot warriors need some help, but I guess it's basically never going to happen since this complaint has been persistent since mostly forever. I personally gave up and leveled a mage because of it so I can keep my tank as a tank and use him in tanking situations and if I feel like melting faces I get out the mage and shred.
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