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10-29-2009 @ 10:45PM
To reply to Alden:Lots of mitigation (shield block)- Warrior, PallyWhile bears lack the great damage reducing moves of a Pally and Warrior using cooldowns, while such moves are down bears have the highest mitigation around and by a rather sizable amount. We're still the only tank capable of hitting the armor cap, though admittedly you need raid buffed and perhaps an armor trinket for that to happen short of ToGC, it is a moot point since a bear who hit eighty that day and is in all blues and crafted iLevel 200 gear will have a higher base damage mitigation through armor than a paladin/warrior in full ToC 25 gear.On top of that, bears have the most consistent "block" percentage and short of another tank stacking all block value gear, they also have the highest value to block [high-end bears block ~2k, 50%+ of the time] via Savage Defense. And then our own ghetto shield block move in Bark Skin.Then, as you said, we're already 10k HP minimum above our paladin friends in BiS gear. So yeah, while I agree with your post and found it to be well-put, nothing mitigates damage [physical, anyway] like a bear or even approaches it.
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