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1-11-2008 @ 2:19PM
I don't think you're going to be a very successful tank with that attitude.Once you hit the defense cap, stam should be your #1 priority JUST because it does the one thing more mitigation can't do, and that's reduce the "shit happens" factor. All the mitigation in the world isn't going to save you from a lot of poorly timed spell effects that send you 15k of unblockable, undodgeable and unparrable damage. There are even further considerations on boss-specific and encounter-specific sets of tanking gear AND skills. For Gruul, yes avoidance stacking may be a good idea. Nothing in that instance is going to do any significant magic damage to you, so once you hit enough HP to resist a couple of bad things in a row then you can go ahead and stack avoidance. However, the same gear won't necessarily help you in magic-heavy situations where you can get really unlucky a lot of times with a couple of bad spell hits and a melee attack and a special ability all in quick succession. The only way to overcome a combo like that, is to have a big enough HP base to outlast it. Shield Wall and Last Stand only go so far sometimes, and only if you've got enough warning to know that you're going to need them.. Sometimes the 6k spell hit followed by the 5k melee attack and the 3k hit from the add come at the same time and you're just going to die if you're weak on the HP. Every encounter is made easier when you give your healers more opportunity to make mistakes. More HP does this easier (and cheaper on an item's stat budget and with gems, incidentally) than stacking avoidance does. There's a place for both perhaps, but I guarantee you that most healers will be very unforgiving when you eat it on a boss fight multiple times because they have to constantly overheal you and waste mana because you don't have enough of a cushion to allow them some slack.
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