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12-19-2008 @ 2:50PM
Focusing on defense above all else is probably the #1 failing I see in bad tanks. Can't tell you how many heroics I've been to where the tank says, "but i have 536 defense, why do i suck?"Keep in mind, it's quite possible to tank heroics with less than 535 defense, if the tank knows what he is doing, and the healer is aware and prepared. I'd much rather take a skill tanked under the defense minimum than some noob tank that focuses on only 1 stat, and has no clue how to tank.Surprised it hasn't been mentioned already, but your math is a bit off. To be precise:80 vs 82 (5.4% crit): 664.00 rating = 535 defense80 vs 83 (5.6% crit): 688.59 rating = 540 defense
12-19-2008 @ 8:52PM
I don't understand what you mean by a tank that goes of his way to stack Defense and ends up at 536 Defense for Heroics. That's exactly what a tank should be doing. Being under 535 Defense for heroics makes you crittable and is simply the worst gearing decision an early tank can make. As to the benefits of Defense beyond 540, you may want to consider reading:http://www.tankingtips.com/2008/12/12/how-good-is-defense/
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