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8-02-2011 @ 2:30PM
I have recently went from a heavy mastery build to the complete opposite. I was sitting at around 185K with 25 mastery or so, to 215K and 16 mastery, paired with an emphasis on dodge and parry. I have solo-tanked Baelroc with both builds. I know the thinking is that DS and the shield is our big equalizer as far as lacking an actual shield, but it seems to me that philosophy may not be written in stone. I found it easier tanking Majordomo with the avoidance build as well. The healers said they didn't notice any difference one build to the next, which really leads me to believe one may be just as effective as the other. If I had issues with death or healers going oom once I switched, I would have went back to the mastery build. I have not died unexpectedly on any boss over the past month using either build. If anything, I feel safer with the heavy avoidance build with more stamina as my big cd's heal for a % of health and I have a much larger buffer.
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