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12-14-2008 @ 10:15PM
I've been slightly naive to tanking since the release of WotLK, honestly due to the fact I haven't felt as enthralled in playing this expansion as I did the last.I know tanking mechanics have changed a little and just wanted to get some all-round verification on a few things...Firstly, is it true for Prot. Warriors our new def. cap at 80 is 560 (561 for safety of course)?Is it true that being "uncrushable" is pretty much null & void now due to how instance/heroic/raid bosses are in WotLK? ie. I've heard along the lines that there aren't any bosses with "crushing blows" in Northrend and they even removed this from many of the BC bosses too (question not a statement)...I understand the whole parry mechanic quiet well, but honestly, what holds more value: Hit Rating vs. Expertise? I am assuming Expertise as a Boss's Parry meanss it's attack timer automatically resetting and hitting quicker which equals more damage... As opposed to Hit Rating which means you are going to miss your target less (more so on "special attacks" as opposed to white damage) thereby generating threat & rage quicker.
12-14-2008 @ 11:24PM
Uncrushability is no longer an issue because a mob can now only deliver crushing blows if it is 4+ levels higher than you. High end bosses in Wrath are considered level 83. Hence, no crushing. Before, in Burning Crusade, crushing blows were delivered by a mob that was 3+ levels higher. Since bosses then were level 73, that introduced the danger of crushing blows.
12-15-2008 @ 1:03AM
Thank you for your clarification there Mr. Death :)After the Shield Block nerf and (slight) Shield Wall nerf it's great to hear I can now mitigate some stats into other areas :)
12-15-2008 @ 5:26PM
You need 540 defense for the 5.6% crit reduction to be un-critable. (Not to be anal but remember it's not a cap as defense is still very valuable beyond 540.)
12-15-2008 @ 7:47PM
Oh I know it's not a cap, I normally have 10+ points more than I need to in Defense anyways ;)I'm pretty deep into my "tankematics" and am always juggling gear stats around to try and get a nice combination whilst keeping my needed numbers in mind :)Thanks... it's definitely 540 tho? I was pretty sure it was 560 thanks to the pre-WotLK nerf Prot Warriors got that gimped us 20 points Def? Just double checking :)
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