Ask anyone if you can join their 5v5 arena team as prot spec and you’ll likely get laughed out of the room. Unfortunately, these people cannot see what a properly geared and played protection spec warrior can bring to the table.
Don’t get me wrong, I do not think a prot warrior will ever make it on a top tier arena team, but if you are happy banging around the 1500 – 1700 bracket for points, with the right group makeup, you’ll do just fine, and surprise your arena partners.
Over the course of the past few days, I finally convinced my non-hardcore 5v5 arena team to let me go protection spec this week. This team is typically in the 1400 – 1500 range. We ran a couple of different group makeups, neither of which anywhere near to a typical optimal setup. And guess what, we did okay!
At one point we ran with myself, 2 MS warrs, elemental shaman and resto druid. We were up 5 – 1 at 1600 at one point. The sunders were huge for the warriors and there was a no keeping up a target once it had 5 sunders as well as Mortal Strike.
My highlight of running arenas this weekend? Going up against a fairly stacked team, and after a massive battle only myself and this MS warrior (Braains from Spinebreaker) were the last 2 standing. I whipped out [item]Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker[/item] and [item]Shield of Impenetrable Darkness[/item] to take him down solo. Poor guy lost to a PVE Prot warrior and a level 60 weapon, oops! Thanks for the 23 points! (I won’t mention that we went up against them right afterwards and they completely wrecked us, but only gained back 9 of those 23)
All in all, it was a lot of fun, and proved to me that a prot warrior can be viable in a non-competitive 5v5 arena team. If you wanted, you could even put together a pvp prot/devastate spec, which would bypass many of the PVE related talents. I’m going to try this in the coming weeks and I will let you know of my results. Of course, that kind of defeats the purpose of not having to respec out of your raid tanking spec, but hey, I like to be difficult, eh?