Aspiring Warrior Tanks Wanna Know

January 26, 2009

TGAPGeorge – Warrior Tank

Tanking stats; they tell us where we need to be to do what we gotta do.   A few months ago I scoured the net looking for an answer to a simple question:

“What are the minimum stats I need to have?”

The answers were suprisingly difficult to find — and never found all in one place.  TankSpot, TankingTips, and ElitistJerks helped a great deal, but I still found a lot of things like, “Have 102.4% avoidance,” but never an explanation on what that meant.  More importantly, when I looked at my character, often the numbers didn’t match.  (For example, have 214 expertise. In-game, the character sheet says 25.)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m in awe of the work done to figure all this out.  It’s just I wish I had found a list that clearly, plainly, and simply suggested the accepted stat goals.  Heh, like the one I did here.

So for the inquisitive Warrior Tank, here are your minimums.

For Heroics:

  • Defense      535  (To be uncrittable)
  • Health        20k
  • Armor        20k
  • Expertise    25  (To remove Boss parries)

For Naxx:

  • Defense      540 (To be uncrittable, but more is better)
  • Health        25k
  • Armor        23k
  • Strength    820
  • Dodge        20%
  • Parry        16%
  • Block        19%
  • Expertise    25**
  • Hit    **

**Now, you have a choice between going for either of these

  • Expertise    57  (To remove Boss parries and dodges)
  • Hit     265  (So you don’t, uh… miss)

There’s a choice because I can’t figure out how to get both, even with gems and enchants.  If anyone knows an equipment/gems/enchants combination that will do it, please let me know!

I am not the authority on this, these are just the answers I found to my stat questions.  For more detailed info, well, visit the links above.

Now go get ’em!


Great WoW AddOns for Tanks

December 28, 2008

TGAPGeorge – Warrior Tank

Add-Ons are what make WOW exceptional. Without them, it would be so much more difficult to do the voodoo we do so well.  I like to find and test addons, so I posted my results at TankSpot.

Now here are my favorite tank addons again for youse guys:

TellMeWhen – a great custom alert system. When abilities are usable or cooldowns are up, a scalable icon of the spell pops up wherever you like.

ZThreatMeter – A much better threat meter than Omen. It tells you threat immediately and you can be the only person who has it. (Omen only shows the threat of other people who have Omen)
[Update – As pointed out — thanks Namthe — since 3.0.2, Omen has got it’s act together. It now works even if no one else has it. For me, ZThreatMeter has gone the way of the Dodo.]

TankPoints – A MUST HAVE. TP does all the math on gear for you, i.e. which is better for a tank, 15 strength or 10 AP or whatever. More points are better than less for your tank. Shows up in your tooltip.

RatingBuster – Another great item comparison tool. Puts the actual increases (or decreases) of stats in the tooltip helping you understand better what the gear will do for you.

Aloft – This one is all about threat and enemy nameplates. Aloft puts a colored border around the nameplates of your enemies and changes color based on how much threat you have on them. Great for AOE fights.

EasyRage – Small addon that puts a number wherever you like that reflects your rage. Somewhat useful.

ItemRack – and excellent and intuitive gear switcher. I have a tank set and a dps set and can easily switch between both. My mounted set works seamlessly with both as well.

Mik’s Scrolling Battle Text – Separates incoming, outgoing, and reactive events and allows you to put the combat text wherever you like. Good alert system for cooldowns and abilities as well.

SimpleRaidTargetIcons – A must have for the Tank raider. Simply double-left click on an enemy and choose their icon. Quick and easy.

StanceSets – Great weapon switcher. Nuff said.

tekKompare – Always compares what you’re wearing with what you’re looking at. No more shift key!

UrbinRange – An absolute necessity for my Charge. Inch-long bar turns blue when I can charge or shoot. Can be put anywhere.

MoveAnything – Put anything anywhere. I’ve got my characer, target, ToT, focus, etc. arranged below my Tank for easier viewing. Works good for me!

You can get most of these at, but I’ve found the most current versions are at Every time I found a need, I went and found an addon to help me out. Of course, there may be better addons out there — or some needs I haven’t come across yet — so if you have any addon tips, please let me know.

[UPDATE – I’ve been told about WoW Matrix and it’s awesome! It’s the best addon manager I’ve seen yet.  I highly recommend it.]

Happy Tanking!


Tanking Warrior WOTLK Reputation Gear

December 16, 2008

TGAPGeorge – Warrior Tank

In the World of Warcraft I am a Human, Warrior, Tank named BumpySpleen. I’m enjoying the expansion, tanking, my guild, and my epic griffin.

Anyway, I did a little research a few weeks ago and decided to help out my fellow tanks by posting it at TankSpot. Here’s what I wrote:

I was pretty excited last night. I was just a few quests away from becoming revered with the Valiance Expedition and getting that sweet shield reward.

The moment happend. I was enveloped in the green flash of rep achievement and I flew off to Valiance Keep. To my dismay, I discovered I was wrong about a couple of things.

First, I realized that the rep rewards were for the Alliance Vanguard, not the Valiance Expedition. Dang.
Then I realized that the shield could only be used by level 78s and I am but a paltry 73. Double Dang.

Well, okay, so I was hoping to jump ahead — gear-wise — and got the hope-smackdown. I really should take the time to read sometimes. Oh well, WOW goes on.

Well that got me thinking, what rep rewards should I be looking for to be pre-geared for raiding when I hit lvl 80?

Here’s my rep-rewards for tanking gear list:

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