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1-18-2008 @ 5:19PM
This is just wrong.Protection warriors take less damage than paladins. They put out more single-target threat than a paladin of the same gear level and can gear themselves to put out significantly more threat than a paladin can at the highest levels. The big thing they can do that paladins simply can't is deal with fear and spellcasters; paladins lack spell reflect, and that makes certain bosses simply untankable. They lack fear resistance, and that makes other bosses very, very difficult. Finally, because a paladin is mana based some bosses will be difficult due to their nature; Maiden is such an example. Any other fights that silence or drain mana are similar. Because of this, warriors are necessary for progression. You can't do RoS phase 2 without a warrior tank, and a warrior tank is better in a lot of other places.Paladins right now are kings of 5-mans. AoE tanking makes so many of the 5-man content so much easier and faster. This is especially true as you outgear the instance; a paladin's gear and mitigation scales so that they can draw more and more mobs at one time without dying. That means faster runs. That does not mean they are best in raids overall, and there are significant weaknesses in the paladin tank that make sure that's the case. And it certainly doesn't equate to their being the best against bosses.It's good that paladin tanks are actually getting enough buffs (and really, the only buff they got was more HP) such that they're considered viable for MTing most encounters and are actually preferable in some situations (ZA timed is very, very hard without a paladin tank, for instance) but let's not conflate that to their being somehow superior or even equal to warriors at all points.
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