Well, now that the dust has finallys ettled, how do you feel about the way your talents work?
Are you finding that they work well together and help you out? Or do you feel more like you’re bashing your head against the wall everytime you need to tank?
Well I’m here to help!
So for almost any and all tanking situations, this is the core build you want to be using: http://www.wowhead.com/talent#LMZhZIcGzRRozru
The differences between the various tanking trees lies in the smaller outlier talents lies mostly in how you prefer to play, what you have trouble with.
There are basically three big areas that you can tailor your tanking build for.
The first one is survivability, the second is single target tanking, and the last is aoe tanking.
Now when it comes to survivability, the very fact that you have to invest in talents to climb down the tree takes care of almost all of that. Once the 31 points in the protection tree have been taken, unless you’ve made a horrible mistake somewhere, you’ll pretty much be set for survival. The big exceptions being, of course, Blood Craze in the fury tree and Field Dressing in the Arms tree. Those are talents that you have to invest some extra points in but you’d be crazy not to.
What comes after that is more down to player preference.
Once you’re set with the core talents, you have 5 floating points that you can use to shore up what you think you’re weaker in.
Two options available for more threat is War Academy in the Arms tree and Cruelty in the Fury tree. Keep in mind that these serve different purposes. War Academy is used for more sustained threat over a period of time while Cruelty is more if you prefer the chance at a large burst of threat at random intervals.
Another place to dump some points in is Battle Trance in the fury tree if you find yourself having some rage issues. While 15% chance to have a free Shield Slam doesn’t sound all that much on paper, over the course of a 5-10 minute fight, it can really make a huge difference to your rage generation.
The last optional talent is Thunderstruck, deep in the protection tree. Now this is a bit more of a specialized case and it’s primarily something you want to spec into if you need a bit of help with aoe tanking. Again, it might not seem like that much of a difference, but given that warriors generally don’t have much trouble with single target threat, I’m going to put this one as well as one of the single target based talents as a viable option for putting points into.
So as everything else, the one thing, if anything, to take away from all this is to tailor a spec based more on what you’re doing and what you’re comfortable having and get out there.
We’ll start to cover the entry raids soon so stay tuned.