WOTLK Patch 3.0.8 Changes for Warrior Tanks

January 21, 2009

TGAPGeorge – Warrior Tank

The long awaited patch 3.0.8 has finally arrived.  While it didn’t contain everything we’ve all been looking forward to — where the hell are dual specs? — we did get some good stuff.

I’ve heard a lot of QQ* about nerfs and cooldowns for most classes, but all-in-all Tanking Warriors came off pretty well:

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  • Taunt range extended to 30 yds — I don’t know about you, but this will make some situations a lot easier.
  • Shield Wall taken off global cooldown — This isn’t a game-changer, but it’s still nice to be able to get the wall up that much faster.
  • Glyph of Cleave adds 1 more mob hit — Now you’re able to hit three mobs at once, (used to be -5 rage off cleave).  Higher dps, higher threat, easier CC!
  • New Enchant Bracer – Major Stamina — +40 Stamina?  I’ll take it!
  • New Enchant Shield – Titanium Plating — The +40 block value will be great for shoring up stats.
  • Vigilance gets an animation — And sound too!  Doesn’t change a thing about tanking, just removes the minor annoyance that was a spell with no-feedback.

There’s nothing to make you drop to your knees and pray that the hot new aphrodisiac for women in bikinis is now Blizzard employees, but still some good stuff.

On a non-tanking note, if you’re a miner like me you’ll freakin’ love mining nodes just once — so much faster, so much better.  Thanks for that, Blizzard… you may share ONE bikini clad model.

Enjoy, ShoUt-Callers!

TGAPGeorge

* “QQ” means crying/complaining/bitching.  (The two Qs look like crying eyes — I guess — so sez Urban Dictionary.)


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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