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6-28-2011 @ 9:32PM
The reason the Blood tree feels bloated is that there are so many survivability talents. My main's a Protection warrior, and I've just started Blood tanking, and the Protection tree is so much better! There's a total of 28 talent points I would consider mandatory, and of them only 16 directly impact survivability, and 5 of them are spread into the other two trees. Then again warrior Protection is probably the best designed talent tree in the game, up there with Fire mages.Depending on the content and personal preference, warrior tank specs can range from: http://www.wowhead.com/talent#LMZubzoZcrGdRRodbuto:http://www.wowhead.com/talent#LG0MZhZIcGzMRR0ruBlood tanks on the other hand have a very cookie cutter spec with what I would consider 34 required talents, including reaching down into the frost tree for Lichborne and effectively wasting two talents on Icy Reach as well as being forced into Runic Power Mastery, of which 27 directly effect survivability and 6 lock them into going to tier 2 of the Frost treeThere's just so little choice, and so much active survivability in there it's ridiculous. Really, I feel like warriors have just the right balance of active and passive survivability, having 3 main survivability abilities (including one that can be toned down in order to provide it on a raid wide level instead of a personal level, Rallying Cry vs Last Stand) which conflict very little with threat generation. Add that to potions, trinkets and minor cooldowns (stuns, Victory Rush and/or Impending Victory, Heroic Leap, Charge/Intercept/Intervene [with or without Safeguard] and on occasion even Intimidating Shout) I can cover most or all of a fight's heavy damage periods with something.
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