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5-24-2010 @ 2:08PM
Dawn,As someone who has four tank toons, one of each type, I think I love you.I know I love this article. One thing I'd like to point out that one other person I saw had touched on as well is in regards to how pally tanks get back their mana. Spiritual Attunement isn't really the icing on a pally's mana regen, at least not in raids. It's the cake. However, even specced 2/2 in it, a well geared pally tank is going to have troubles taking enough damage for it to be effective in most heroics. This situation can easily be exacerbated in heroics by priest shielding.The other side of the mana-regen toolkit is the combination of Divine Plea and Guarded by the Light, which you mentioned, along with Blessing of Sanctuary which returns mana every time they dodge, parry, or block. They can also use Seal of Wisdom if their threat gen is sufficient. They should be using Judgement of Wisdom in heroics.However, in order to keep Divine Plea up as well as to take advantage of the rest of the latter mana regen toolkit, they need to keep pulling. Not only do they need to keep pulling, but they need to be very judicious in their use of mana-sapping Consecrate.So, my advice to healers, especially priests who love keeping shields up on a pally tank, is to check with the pally beforehand how he or she wants to handle it. If they can hold threat on lots of mobs and aren't squishy, give them the go-ahead. Otherwise, consider holding off on the shields until really necessary.
5-24-2010 @ 2:28PM
Thank you =)I was still speaking from a 5-man perspective in that section, but maybe I should have made that more clear since there is so much arguing over it. In a raid, bubbles will pop and you will have to heal him for a significantly larger amount. But in a 5-man, if he's barely taking damage as it is? Of course that won't be his primary source of regen, and I see no reason to be putting my 10k shields on him if it's a burden to him. All in all, it's still a guide for healers who should have a better understanding of tanks, and I hope my fellow healers will be courteous to any paladin who needs a little help.
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