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3-03-2011 @ 7:20PM
First off, druids are not tanks anymore. Every bear tank loves to think that they are good, but the fact is that 4.0.1 made them obsolete. If you do not believe me, pug with ten different bear tanks--the ones that ARE marginally successful, all less than two of them, got lucky. They just do not have the threat that they used to.Secondly, paladin tanking is retardedly-easy. Righteous Fury + Spammer Of The Righteous, forever. At lv 85 in heroics I still see no diminishing returns with threat generated from Spammer. If you get disarmed, throw the shield if it is off CD and use Holy Wrath and Consecration to keep threat up until you can go right back to using the Spammer. Use holy charges as needed. This is possibly the most formulaic spec out of all thirty that I have played, and it is surprisingly effective with these few actions. Want to tank and want it to be really, really easy? Gear correctly and choose a prot paladin, and help contribute to the dearth of tanks in this game.
3-03-2011 @ 7:22PM
Tense typos, missed thoughts, whatever. Sleep deprived while posting this.
3-03-2011 @ 7:31PM
I think bear tanks are still remarkable single-target raid tanks. Their mitigation is awesome, even if their AoE threat makes them look like a warrior's gimped younger brother. I think I remember Paragon's Sinestra kill had a druid tank, so obviously they are not "obsolete" int he tanking world.
3-03-2011 @ 7:37PM
*in the yay for typos wooo.
3-03-2011 @ 7:41PM
Well, you're flat out wrong on the subject of druids. My guild has a couple of quite capable feral tanks. They're by no means 'obsolete.'On the paladin front, though, I tend to agree. Mind-numbingly boring. Which is why I'm mostly tanking on my warrior, while my paladin is running holy/ret.Which, of course, makes it a nice class for 'intro to tanking.' You don't hardly need to think about what ability you're going to use as much as positioning yourself, positioning the mobs, choosing when to use cooldowns, and paying attention to what the mobs are actually doing, so next time you tank 'em you're better prepared. They've got a smart AoE that won't hit any cc'd targets you don't aim it at, nigh-constant AoE threat with Hammer, extra persistent AoE with Consecrate, two taunts, and a threat-reduction cooldown they can throw on a particularly annoying DPS.
3-03-2011 @ 7:48PM
Sleep deprivation is killing me. I intended to reply to my bit, but commented a few down. Read there for bear thoughts.
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