Feb 26th 2008 5:10PM Mak, level 73 mobs have a 5.45% chance to dodge or parry.
This requires you to attain an expertise rating of 85 (a much smaller number than the 868 you predict :P)
It is possible to reach this expertise "cap" with pure tank gear, especially if you're a warrior. It's much harder to reach it on a pally because items like The Brutalizer (
http://www.wowhead.com/?item=32254) and The Mallet of Tides (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=30058) are intended for warriors and are a poor substitute for a pally's spell damage weapon.
I haven't yet seen any theory craft into how much of a threat increase speccing into reckoning is once you actually hit the expertise cap (if you spec into reckoning before you hit the cap you're just begging to be insta-gibbed by a string of unlucky boss parries). This is mainly because there are VERY few (if any) pally tanks that have reached this plateau.
Feb 26th 2008 9:21AM The Jade Skull Breastplate gives significantly more stamina than the Vindicator's Hauberk (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=29127#sold-by)
and therefore is probably a better choice for this tank, considering he is already so much lower on stam. He's already at the soft cap for defense using the Jade-Skull Breastplate, and the two items have comparable over all avoidance (the Hauberk does have a more appealing set of avoidance stats (dodge>block rating) but until he gets more stam, block rating is probably the way to go since it's a cheaper stat and will allow him to buff up on more stam. The str on the JSBP IS useless, but the extra stamina more than makes up for it IMO.
Feb 26th 2008 9:13AM 2% threat is only better than 20 spell damage once you hit around 400 spell damage, considering that the paladin we're discussing only has 33 spell damage, +20 spell damage is definitely a much better choice.
Also, +agi to gloves is a smart idea if he's having trouble attaining uncrushable status, but I'd recommend going with 20 spell damage for threat, and finding the extra avoidance elsewhere.
I would never recommend putting points into holy, the extra mana gained is pretty much useless, since his mana pool should be maintained by spiritual attunement alone (and if it isn't he needs to change his tanking style so that it is). He'll actually get better mana conservation by speccing into ret for benediction, than by going for the 5% intellect increase. The fear resistance is really more of a PvP talent and shouldn't be relied on for bosses that fear, and the 20 minute cooldown reduction on LoH shouldn't be a deal breaker, since LoH should never be relied on for a fight. The only really nice thing about going into the holy tree as a pally tank is spiritual focus, for allowing you to get a heal off on yourself when you really need one, but with almost no mana pool, and very little bonus healing/spell damage, this talent is completely wasted on a pally tank without pally tanking gear.
Another, thing to point out is that reaching uncrushable isn't even close to required for heroics since the bosses there are only level 72 and cannot crush. One only needs to maintain a defense rating of 485 to stay uncrittable in heroics. While avoidance stats are still nice to have in heroics, they are far from required for tanking them.
Knowing this, Lightmare should probably run a few heroics so that he can get the Libram of Repentance (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=29388) which adds a whopping 5% avoidance in the form of block rating when holy shield is active. 15 badges is a very cheap price for 5% additional avoidance, and they should be very easy to get by running some of the easier heroics like Slave Pens or Mech. This is probably the first thing he should go for since it's easy to get and he definitely already has the gear to run the easier heroics, especially if he's got a good healer at his back and some reliable CC to help him out.
Dec 7th 2007 6:09PM actually, Defense Rating after 350 will still decrease your likelihood of being hit with a crushing blow but only because it increases your block, dodge, parry chance. But since defense rating will give you a lower amount of avoidance for the item's budget value other stats (such as dodge and shield block rating) become more valuable.
Basically if you already have 490 defense start stacking other avoidance stats until you become "uncrushable". But feel free to keep stacking defense after 490 if you can't find the other stats because it will still contribute to your uncrushability.
Nov 2nd 2007 5:30PM Holy Paladins can go 41/20 and pick up all the viable PvP talents without losing anything terribly important to PvE. Yet holy paladins are pretty severely gimped when Soloing (they never die, but it takes forever to kill anything).
Beast Mastery Hunters are also very viable in both PvE and PvP, and is probably the best soloing spec for hunters as well.
Oct 25th 2007 3:14PM Apparently there is an EU server named Zul'jin.
I play on a US that's also named Zul'jin. I got a little excited to see that we were being offered free transfers only to have my dreams squashed :(
Oct 9th 2007 11:55PM I learned that Lucasarts is still milking the Star Wars franchise dry instead of developing some more awesome adventure games (although this game does seem to be better than most of the other SW crap they've turned out in the past).
Oct 9th 2007 12:39AM The customization of the character upgrades that Andrew mentions sounds like a pretty cool addition to the Battlefront series.
I also learned that I really want to win one of these new fangled PSP things :P
Oct 5th 2007 3:08AM Awesome, I was just wondering about how to increase my camera distance today (I was doing some Brewfest quests and I noticed that when I was drunk the camera would sometimes zoom out further than normal).
Thanks for saving me a decent bit of time looking for a solution!
Sep 17th 2007 11:42PM Wow, this is extremely upsetting to me. The Nintendo forums were the first real online exposure I ever received. I joined almost 4 years ago to get access to the Collector's Edition of Zelda and immediately fell in love with the Forums.
I've since moved on but it's still pretty upsetting to see the thing that really introduced me to the online world disappear.