To be honest, I don’t know quite what to tell you.
Patch 4.0 has landed, a preview of all of the changes to come in the Cataclysm to come.
How are you liking it so far?
You know, there are a lot of changes to discuss so let’s get right down to it.
The first thing you’ll notice is that while there have been a lot of restructuring changes to the tree, there are a lot of talents bear more than a passing resemblance to their older counterparts.
As there are only a few talents that you wouldn’t get while travelling down the tree, it’s those that I’ll cover more than anything else.
The first talent to avoid is pretty much a no-brainer. Blood and Thunder in the first tier of the prot tree is near completely useless as a tank because you’ll never really have Rend up on those mobs.
The next talent to avoid occurs on the second tier and is a little harder to choose from. The two weaker talents on that line are definitely Shield Specialization or Gag Order. While both have their place, the rage intake will largely keep you filled up on rage in a raid setting while the occasional 100% silence on a caster mob can be invaluable when it comes to positioning while the bit of extra rage that comes your way here and there, if you had to, you could do without. If the talent offered a bit of mitigation, it’d be fine but as it is, it feels pretty lackluster. Take it instead of Gag Order if you’re having rage issues but ignore it otherwise in favor of other talents.
The next unfavorable talent comes a few tiers down and is actually linked to Devastate and since it’s obvious that Sword and Board is pretty much a required tanking talent, the obvious culprit is the Impending Victory talent which really, while it can be nice occasionally to have an extra attack to throw around at execute range, it’s really not going to make that much of a difference. Feel free to snag it if you’re bored or if you’re into prot PvP, but other than those two situations, there really isn’t much use for a talent like that in our already lean spec. Cut it out.
It’s when you hit this point and branch out that things become confusing.
Your out of Protection talents are really up for debate and completely up to your preferred playstyle. If your healers are impeachable and you never have problems with survivability, then by all means, dip your few remaining points into a combination of Cruelty in Fury and War Academy in Arms.
If you find yourself with a bit of rage issues, pump some extra points into that Shield Specialization in Protection or Battle Trance in Fury.
This last is my personal favorite though. Splitting your remaining five points between the reworked Blood Craze in the Fury tree and Field Dressing in the Arms tree yields a great synergistic combo resulting in a near constant healing effect on yourself as well as making all the heals landing a bit more effective.
Whatever your remaining choices, take your picks, gird those loins and grab your wallets as next week, we’ll take a look at the potential glyph choices and if your server’s anything like mine, that’ll cost you a pretty penny still.