Archive for October 22nd, 2008:
A week has passed and I am sure most of us have already given their new warrior builds a spin. I am hearing lots of love of warriors for Arms on the one hand (Bladestorm must be awesome) and of course Protection on the other hand. I’ll try to give you my personal impressions of the new protection warrior.
Invincible. That’s what went through my head the first couple of times I did large pulls of non-elite mobs. The solo viability of prot warriors has gone through the roof. Yes, I was always capable of doing decent protection DPS with dual-wielding Devastate spam, and easily grinded to Exalted with SSO. No big deal, just a slow process. The new protection warrior has it a lot easier. I usually ride around, gather a pile of angry mobs, then dismount and unleash. Atamal Armaments? No problem. Run up the ramp, with 10 mobs in tow. Get an elite dragon add? No problem. Puts a smile on the face, it does. All this in defensive stance. For soloing, I still use DPS gear that’s very heavy on strength, for more attack power and SBV, plus tank items that are heavy on SBV. ZA gear is amazing for this purpose.
Forget about CC. If you’re running heroics or normal instances, CC has become unimportant. As protection warrior you are very capable of holding multiple mobs. Remember that multitank article I wrote a while back? All obsolete now. Run in, gather your mobs, Thunderclap, Shockwave, and tell your DPS to let loose. The only thing you have to watch out for are casters, you can either choose to CC them, or kill them first, or use line of sight to bring them to you. But don’t forget the basics, being an AoE tank does not mean you can afford a sloppy playstyle now. I think a good warrior should still try to to focus as much as you did when multi-tanking was challenging.
Limitless rage. Rage starvation is of the past. You crank out so much damage that even if you queue Heroic Strike on every attack you still have loads of rage. Me not having enough rage for a spell reflect just doesn’t happen anymore. You float from group to group with your rage bar all high. If you don’t, pull faster.
Play smart, use macros. I have two new macros that I use, and I feel they really crank up both my threat and my DPS quite a bit.
The first one is simple, and works under the assumption you have a Glyph of Revenge. If you don’t, what are you waiting for? They are dirt cheap and easily available, and awesome as heck.
Update from Oct 23:
Hats off to Kranmar who provided a better Glyph of Revenge macro than the one I originally posted, kudos, and I hope he won’t mind I reposted it.
/castsequence reset=2 revenge, !heroic strike
In the words of Kranmar himself:
I’m using the following macro for the revenge/heroic strike combo. After using revenge it switches to heroic strike, but resets to revenge after two seconds if you don’t use heroic strike (it also resets after using heroic strike):
This basically allows you to mash that button for when revenge becomes active and for the rest focus on your normal rotation with Shield Slam and devastate. On bosses I never seem to run out of rage so I’m spamming HS as well.
The second macro is courtesy of the guys over at Tankspot:
#showtooltip Shield Slam
/cast Shield Block
/cast Shield Slam
This is assuming you have either the Auto Blocker or Coren’s Lucky Coin, or the best option, both! While Shield Block has a great mitigation component, the best part is the huge boost to Shield Block Value. This macro will check if SB is available, use it, check for availability of trinkets in both slots and then use Shield Slam. Prepare for massive crits. My personal best is 5397, I am sure a lot of you can easily top that.
Note that you can use a similar trinket popping macro on all your characters if you tend to forget on-use trinkets.
DPS must work harder. In my guild, there’s always been a bunch of people with top DPS, and also a lot of people who are not as good in their rotations. I was close to outdpsing people in heroics before if they didn’t give it their all. This will become blatantly more obvious now, as I am already doing more DPS than a lot of dedicated DPSers. Work harder for your top 3 spots, because all tanks will crank out damage and give you a run for your money. Now is the time to show if you got it.
All in all, tanking has changed. It’s easier now, which makes it more accessible to people who were not interested in tanking before. It’s tons of fun. We’ll have to see how it’ll pan out in the long run, because right now, the challenge is missing a little, but I am sure we’ll get there. Go out there, have fun, be reckless.