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10-19-2007 @ 4:28PM
My 11/4/46 protection warrior can't wait for the 2.3 patch. I'm dissapointed that the threat for Devastate is not changing, making Sunder Armor X3 then Devastating generate more threat than the intended "just spam Devastate" effect, but I can deal with it. However, the new Devastate and Whirlwind is going to significantly increase my dual-wield 5-man DPS ability(hey, it's hard to find people keyed for heroics at 4am.) I'm excited about the increased usefullness to Shield Slam both in Heroic Mech and in PVP.41/5/15 was the build I always wanted while leveling, but it just didn't cut it for tanking instances(the most challanging and rewarding part of the game for me), so I leveled as protection from 40 and on. At least people now leveling their warriors will be able to solo and tank effectively in Azeroth. Who knows, you might even hear "lf arms war tank for bot."Swapping Sweeping Strikes and Deathwish is pretty confusing. Sweeping Strikes + Wirlwind + a big 2hd was already possible, it just required a little bit of stance-dancing.I wouldn't worry about the viabiity of protection. It will still be superior for tanking to any other spec at the same gear level, making it a personal choice for each warrior instead of a requirement to tank 5-mans.
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