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1-28-2010 @ 10:18AM
Tanks that gear purely stamina annoy me. I've seen too many tanks throw Solid Majestic Zircon (30 stam) in every single slot, then wonder what happened when they get parry-gibbed due to lack of expertise. Most of my gear is gemmed with a mix of SMJ's, 10hit/15stam, and 10exp/15stam. I focus mainly on expertise and supplement it with Rhinolicious Wyrmsteak to get to 26 expertise if I'm not there. Expertise is both a threat (mob doesn't dodge so you hit more) and mitigation (you don't get parry hasted hits from the boss) stat. It should not be ignored.Gem/Gear/Specs are good starting points, but the mark of a good tank is Situational Awareness.I play a tank as my main ( Gnimtrov on Bronzebeard US), and have grouped with tanks on my alts that left me banging my head on the keyboard because of a lack of situational awareness. It's always best to plan one pull ahead for trash, knowing where the next trash group is and how to manipulate them into the current fight when it gets to near over. A good tank will also know how to tank the boss, what abilities he will use, and how to counter them. It's one thing to go in and press 1-2-3-4 and get loot (pretty much what current heroics are right now), but it's another to pick up that third raid trash pull that unexpectedly added, hit shield wall and challenging shout, get it under control with a few AOE moves and tab-sunder/slam/revenge/hs, then have the group go "WOW" at the end while looting the pile of enemy bodies.
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