As promised, here is my 4.0.3/4.0.6 Tank Gearing Flowchart!
Green = Start
White = Me
Red = Me, making a recommendation
Grey = You
Death Knight-specific information is from Pwnwear; Druid-specific information is from the official tanking forums and The Inconspicuous Bear; Paladin-specific information is from Maintankadin; and Warrior-specific information is from my own flowchart.
For the sake of the flow, I did oversimplify my warrior recommendation. If you have over 1000 mastery, warriors should slightly prefer parry over dodge, but the specific ratio of parry:dodge varies with mastery and honestly I should just give you my spreadsheet, shouldn’t I.
Maybe after the weekend’s Rift beta.
Also, click on the flowchart to see it full size. Please. It’s not my intention to destroy your eyes.
P.S. I’m trying out the Riftstalker, the rogue tanking soul. Should be interesting. I may report back on what I find!
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…