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7-18-2008 @ 4:38PM
It's increasingly looking like the Defense stat is going to be completely gone in WoTLK. So far I don't see any new gear with Defense Rating, and the Druid talent Survival of the Fittest has been increased to 6% crit reduction from 3%. This probably means that some new mechanic will be introduced that allows warriors to avoid taking critical hits.Looking at itemization so far the "-guard" armor seems to simply have more Stamina, and then a melee DPS stat, like +hit or crit. This would be more in line with the consolidation casters are seeing in their gear, with spell damage and healing now having parity. Imagine having one suit of armor for tanking and DPS... such luxury.
7-18-2008 @ 4:42PM
http://static.mmo-champion.com/mmoc/images/wotlk/ingameshots/loot/ring_tankring70req.jpg has defense.
7-18-2008 @ 4:45PM
So it does. Looks like I'll still have three bags full of armor then.
7-18-2008 @ 4:51PM
http://wotlk.wowhead.com/?spell=44591Pretty much kills my theory as well.
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