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Items to Save for Cataclysm

August 31, 2010 1 comment

By now, we’re used to the way gear progression works when an expansion hits – first we get all epiced out, in gear which absolutely eclipses our first purples, and become Like Unto Gods Among Tauren – and then the expansion comes out, and within 2-3 levels we’ve replaced the majority of the purples we ground so hard for with greens and blues. But there are always a small handful items – usually trinkets, sometimes weapons – which extend in usefulness well into the next expansion’s raid content. Read more…

Protection Warrior Leveling Specs

August 28, 2010 3 comments

One thing I’ve noticed a lot when talking to or just inspecting newer protection warriors is a lack of perspective on their talent trees. This is only to be expected, of course – no one goes into a new class with a complete understanding of how it ticks. The surprising thing is that, with exceptions, the people who did some research into their specs are among the worst off. They’ll read a guide that tells them for example that Improved Revenge and maxing Shield Specialization are optional, and that Toughness and Anticipation are mandatory; and though this is certainly true at level 80, a level 24 warrior specced into 5/5 Anticipation and 5/5 Toughness is making life a lot harder for himself than it needs to be.

A leveling spec is a work in progress, and what’s best for the spec at any given moment may not be what’s best for the spec in the long run. New levels bring changes to your abilities, talents, playstyle and gear, and your speccing priorities should change with them. It’s important to take into account not just what will be good at level 80, but also what’s good right now. Read more…

Dear Lindy, Pt 1

August 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Dear Lindy,

I’m a warrior tank with about a 5.2k gear score. Last week I signed on with a pug ICC10, as off tank. Everything seemed to be going very well until we got to the trash before Lady Deathwhisper, when the main tank snapped at me for taunting trash off of him. Was it wrong of me to do so? It’s not like I didn’t trust him to do his job – I was only trying to get rage.

Taunting in Taurajo

Dear Taunting dear Taunting you have no- ahem, sorry.

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A Quick and Dirty Guide to Five-Man Tanking, for New Tanks

August 24, 2010 1 comment

The goal of this entry is to give you everything you need to know for base tanking competence and confidence on your first foray into a five-man dungeon, in an easily digestible format that preferably takes less than ten minutes to read. This may be too ambitious a goal. If you found parts of this guide unnecessary, or if you have trouble with something you think the guide should address, please drop me a comment so I can improve it.

The Basic Idea

As a tank, your two duties are to stay alive, and to keep enemies attacking you instead of your party. Staying alive is done mostly by your gear and your healer, but you can help out by only pulling a few enemies at a time. Keeping enemies attacking you is achieved mostly by doing damage to them. Read more…

Rings of Binding

August 10, 2010 1 comment

I was in the process of writing an article on runners, their curious absence in Wrath, their possible presence in Cataclysm, and strategies for dealing with them when they occur, when I signed on to an Onyxia 25-man to try for the Signified Ring of Binding, again. When I mentioned that that was what I was there for, the other tanks met me with bewilderment and laughter respectively. “Why would you want that?” the paladin said. “Spell resistance sucks.” “Yeah, spell resist needs a buff. But fine by me!” said the death knight. “One less after the head! I’m here for the trinket.” Read more…

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