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6-11-2010 @ 3:14PM
As someone with a paladin who read all of the Light's pieces, I am curious if you are Gregg feel that gear a prot pally and a prot warrior are really that different? They were great pieces, but overall felt almost the same with regard to direction.How do you and Gregg address putting together pieces for 2 specs that gear up very similarly and have a rivalry that could shame this big brother/little brother Texas A&M to the SEC drama because we don’t like playing second fiddle to Texas we have going on right now?
6-11-2010 @ 3:42PM
Gear-wise, both prot paladins and prot warriors are practically identical. Neither really shifts to one side or other on a particular stat, especially at this point when stamina and armor trump so many other things.The difference of course is found in the play style though. One of the biggest differences I've found in playing both and one that sort of shines a light on how they handle different circumstances is in Shield Block and Holy Shield. Warriors block for more but can only do so about half the time (iirc) while Paladins get 100% up time on the block chance boost but don't block quite as much as warriors. Oh, and there's a difference too on how they each handle spell casters but again, it just comes down to play style and not so much any big difference in gear, stats, etc.
6-11-2010 @ 4:00PM
Yeah, at this point prot paladins and warriors gear with close to 99% similarity. Both use the same shields, same tanking pieces... the prot paladin that I tank with and I are wearing profoundly similar gear. The only difference is that he'll more often gem for agility than I will, while if I need a red/purple socket choice I'll go for Exp to hit 26 (he can glyph for that with SoV I believe).Ultimately we don't even really tank all that differently. I use Revenge and Cleave, he uses Seal of Cleave and Hammer, we both have a Shield Slam, his block ability is better for uptime but mine can block for more, I use Shockwave and TC for AoE while he drops Consecration, homogenization has really led to both specs being practically identical in terms of what gear they look for. Warriors are probably the more effective mobility tank and have higher singtle target threat if they can generate some rage, paladins still better at AoE and at generating threat up front.I wouldn't mind if warrior tanks stepped away from shields, or in some other way managed to distinguish ourselves from paladins.
6-20-2010 @ 12:48PM
They can take my shield away over my cold undead body!
6-11-2010 @ 7:24PM
I'm leveling a prot warrior right now (level 20 woot woot) and loving it. However my main is a prot paladin that I tank ICC25 with. Our other tank is a Warrior and, like Matt said, the only real difference is that he uses Exp/Stam gems in his red sockets rather than Agi/Stam like me (as Paladins can get the expertise they need from Pillars of Might + the SoV glyph). We both use the same shields, neck pieces etc. The only other differences gear wise is that Warriors use guns as a stat stick and Paladin librams are more like passive trinkets in a sense. For the most current content, Paladins won't shoot for their four piece T10 set bonus until they are hitting ICC25 Hard Modes (and even then there are a few pieces that would warrant using 3 at the most) while a warrior would push for their four piece.I've often logged on and looked at my gear and if I wasn't a Blood Elf (horde paladins ftw) there would be very little to distinguish me from a warrior with my Boneguard Commander's Pauldrons, Pillars of Might, Cataclysmic Chestguard and the other warrior themed non set pieces from ICC (I have my 25 man T10 helmet graphic turned off cause it looks ridiculous with my pig head shoulders).So really the differences are minor, we both gear for EH, great threat stats are Exp/hit (though paladins need less Exp through their glyph), we both use shields/plate/1H tank weapons. Really our difference are in how we tank and our small niches (and that Paladins are better, at least until I log onto my warrior, then warriors are the greatest thing since sliced mana biscuits)...
6-14-2010 @ 6:41AM
Apart from the expertise issue, the only difference you can expect to see in a prot warrior and tankadin is the pally will have Mongoose on his weapon and the warrior will have Blood Draining (if he's spec'd into deep wounds).Also, warriors are more bitter.
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