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8-05-2008 @ 4:37PM
Prot paladins will now have seals using AP to get more damage and spell power. Since they have a talent giving spell power based on Stamina, they will be good to go there and can concentrate on survival.Holy Paladins will need spell power plate, and it will just have to be done. Mail will have 2 version, plate will have 3, leather 2, and cloth 1 (essentially). Looks like the smart move for bears is to increase the armor bonus from 430% to a much higher number. Additionally making stamina bonus for bear form a higher number helps them out. Yes, that means redoing the current gear, but they have to do that with some specs anyway (enhance) so they might as well make feral work better.This makes rogue leather a much better bargain as the stats are all based on maximum dps, which translates to threat. Being able to DPS efficiently in the same gear without having to change to another set would help them as well.Crushing blows being removed doesn't change their weaknesses. Bears are vulnerable to spell damage (armor means nothing) and just mass damage, where armor helps but they still take a ton of damage. Other tanks block or parry and dodge it. They just have to hope to dodge it or soak it. With plate getting where it is, the other tanks will be able to get close to the armor cap soon. That means bears need a boost to keep their niche as the best "general" tank. Not the most panic buttons, not the best avoidance, not the best AoE tank,not the best to soak damage, but able to do all of them well, and able to switch to reliable DPS.I hope they get it right, my wife plays a bear and likes them.
8-05-2008 @ 4:44PM
The only problem I see that would prevent Blizzard from simply increasing the bonus armor % given to Dire Bear form are necklaces, trinkets, cloaks, rings, and weapons that have armor on them. They'd give insane amounts to Druids in Bear form.
8-05-2008 @ 4:51PM
They already do.Those pieces already give bonus armor in bear form past their stated armor.Heck, you just have to lower the ones that spent item budget on it. It improves them and they get used by more tanks.Ask a tank about thoriumweave cape. If they aren't bear, it's not as good as the MH one. If they are a bear, it is one of the best, much better than MH one. (defense plays a big part of this though)
8-05-2008 @ 5:16PM
"Mail will have 2 version, plate will have 3, leather 2, and cloth 1"Plate will have 2, the spellpower verison for holy paladins, and the strength/stamina verison for ret/prot pallies, deathknights, and warriors
8-06-2008 @ 12:44AM
@Mediator: Plate will probably still have three types; Spellpower, Str/Dps, and Tanking.
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