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10-01-2008 @ 3:23PM
Rememeber that when the patch hits, paladins and warriors are going to lose 4% of their hp pools due to the stamina nerf in combat expertise and vitality, respectively. Mobs might have to be adjusted to not hit as hard with the loss of effective health. I say might because the increased block in the str to bv conversion could mean its a wash. If the change in druid gear happens in the patch (such as the belt of natural power going from 423 armor to 227) means that the crushing blows would have to be removed or your druid tanks are going to be obsolete for raiding until lich does come out.
10-01-2008 @ 3:34PM
But druids are getting talents to make up for it. Like Protector of the Pack which reduces damage taken by a certain percentage (been bounced around a lot lately), not having to worry about crushing blows, not worrying about being crit-immune (since defense/resilience are wasted stats for druids), being able to use potions/healthstones in form, using barkskin in form, Survival Instincts to increase health by 30% for 20 seconds, bash finally being a spell interrupt, and more I'm probably forgetting. It's not all doom and gloom. I actually think I'll want to tank more after the patch.
10-01-2008 @ 3:39PM
I don't think its doom and gloom, but the game mechanics that tanks have always geared against are changing as well. Less hp may mean nothing with the block and the protector of the pack, but with the changes that are takign place, tanks are functioning a little differently.
Live - Vitality:5/5 - Increases your total Stamina by 5% and your total strength by 10%.Beta - Vitality:3/3 - Increases your total Strength and Stamina by 6% and your Expertise by 6.Can you please point out the nerf to Vitality?
10-01-2008 @ 4:02PM
Herid,I apologize, I play a prot paladin, and remembered reading somewhere that vitality was being nerfed the same way combat expertise was.You will have to excuse my wishiful thinking that Blizzard had every intention of leveling the hp playign field for the shield wearing tanks. Shoulda remembered that they will probably have their heads up the butts of the warrior main tanks six expansions from know.Again, I apologize
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