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3-08-2008 @ 12:23PM
Matthew,There is a reason the original poster is so steamed. The problem is this article is spreading out right lies about protection paladins in a column that is supposed to be about the viability of hybrids. People who don't know everything about every class come here for information, and they are going to be reading the same misinformation that gets thrown around in trade channel. Paladins can and have main tanked every single boss in BC raids. While warriors are still preferable in certain fights it does not mean that Paladins can't get the job done.I'd go so far as to say that Paladins are a better choice as a main tank than druids ever can be, because as was mentioned there ARE certain encounters that druids just should not be tanking. Most 25-man raids will still go for a warrior as their main tank, but they don't have to. I'd suggest that in 10-man content a paladin is not only AS good a warrior, they are preferred. There is no reason to even bring an OT to Kara if you have a prot paladin as your main tank. ZA requires a second tank, but Kara is completely viable going it alone.The slanderous suggestion that anything a protection paladin would be preferred for is just as easily tanked by a holy paladin is more than a little outrageous. It shows the author is in a guild that has very little regard for protection paladins and is clearly only using them to tank the few encounters that so obviously favor paladins that they have no choice but to give in to the fact that Blizzard wants paladins tanking. Burning Crusade gave paladins the tools to tank, and the raids were designed to force that on the raiding community. A lot of guilds were forced to start trying out protection paladins when they hit the mount hyjal trash waves, but some of the smarter ones realized "hey, this class is actually viable now, perhaps we can use them for something else also."As was stated above, in 2.3 the HP gap was closed with the change to Combat Expertise. So, if you are a raid leader and you haven't been running with a prot paladin, try them out because they can tank anything, and you might find that depending on your raid composition some fights will be easier with a paladin main tank. The reference above to the maintankadin forums are a good start. I also really enjoy: http://elitistjerks.com/f31/t17089-paladin_protection_you/Regardless, both sites will help dispel some of the lies in this article.
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