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Breakfast Topic: What Northrend zone did you begin in and why? {WoW}

Nov 14th 2008 10:10AM I'm a tank, so I went where the instance runs needed a tank more - Utgarde Keep & Howling Fjord. I had started in Borean Tundra, but people were just grinding and questing, not running Nexus. I like to get my XP from instances so I ding early and get more gold from quests.

Breakfast Topic: You and your quests {WoW}

Sep 9th 2008 8:37AM I'm not sure what my quest would be, but I'd make sure my faction had the highest +STA to gloves enchant and then make it horribly tedious. Kill 50 critters with a fishing pole, maybe? Collect critter poop?

I'm not sure, but I guarantee my Timbermaw heroes would be impressed.

Allow me to introduce my shield to your face {WoW}

Sep 2nd 2008 12:59PM Check out tankspot ( - they're doing some testing and playing with shield slam, and seeing crits of 9-12k, self-buffs only! Even in Wrath, that should be a huge improvement to protection spec solo'ing in non-fury gear.

New Blacksmithing patterns from the Beta {WoW}

Jul 29th 2008 8:02AM Oh, and don't forget that 540 will be the new 490 (defense crit immunity) because we're adding 10 levels.

References on new prot warrior gearing issues:

New Blacksmithing patterns from the Beta {WoW}

Jul 29th 2008 7:31AM The T6 legs aren't even close to as good as this crafted gear. Check out the new threat requirements for prot warrior tanking in WotLK. If you hop into even L70 dungeons in your current STA-stacked gear, you'll be putting out pitiful numbers. Warriors have to stack STR/AP as well now.

Which is why some warriors have started grinding PvP gear; it's currently the best STR/STA/mitigation gear for hopping out the gates at 70...

15 Minutes of Fame: More than mere Leftovers {WoW}

Jul 16th 2008 11:29AM WTB horde version!

Caption This! {WoW}

Jun 20th 2008 10:21AM Yes, you *do* have to give back the booterang...

Ask WoW Insider: Casual Raiding -- does it exist? {WoW}

May 26th 2008 9:52AM I believe the problems are both the content you want to run and the fact that you're a tank class. You have finished all of the casual content available in TBC, and are now staring raider-only content in the face. If the guild takes two to three tries a week to nail the skills to progress in the further 25-mans, why would they take you? The whole guild and healers need to learn exactly where the tanks will have everything on every pull, and changing it as they're learning and progressing is only going to slow them down.

This is one of the cases where being dps or a healer might help. If you're overgeared, but can only make 1-2 nights a week, you might slip in if they are short people. But any guild facing TK/SSC/Hyj/etc. is going to have their schedule set around when their tanks will be there.

I'd advise you either reroll a dps/healer class or join a casual guild and help them get good at farming Kara/ZA/Grull/Mag while you swim in badges. In the expansion, 10-mans will supposedly be a path for continual casual progression, so you might as well try to build a good guild of folks with similar playtimes and skill level to do that with.

The strong bond between healer and tank {WoW}

May 22nd 2008 10:34PM I agree. Speaking as a tank, there's also just a level of comfort you develop - I know that I can trust them to land heals on me if I'm getting low and the rest of the raid is high, and they know they can trust me to pop cooldowns to give them time to land a big heal rather than having to spam unless I've already burned them. The efficiency level on both sides when I'm running with "my" healer is much higher than when I'm with one I don't know, no matter their gear or skill level.

Oh, and nobody but me picks on them.

Ask WoW Insider: How to avoid idiots? {WoW}

Apr 28th 2008 1:15PM Two options:
1) Add something to your LFG comment. For example, "LFG any heroic, hunter with omen can chain trap & keep up 600dps"
2) Look in the LFG tool for 'lazy' healers or tanks already registered for an instance but not yet running it. pst them, start the group yourself, and then YOU can be the choosy one with who you take.