Just figure I'll post it here, so if I decide to do it, it won't come as a horrible shock to my tankadin readers. In my spare time I'm leveling a warrior to give warrior tanking a try. *gasp* *shock* Oh no! Kaziel's becoming one of The Enemy!
Okay, first off "the why": I like tanking. I've realized I like tanking more than any other of the normal roles in an MMO. While I like tanking as a paladin, what about as a warrior? I don't know. I could end up hating not having mana, and only having 2 shield blocks per 5 seconds as opposed to 8 over 10 seconds. But I don't know. So I want to give it a try. I've made Deis, my (currently) level 7 Draenei warrior. I plan on leveling him up to 70 to try out tanking. Even if I find I prefer tanking as a warrior, the amount of time I've put into gearing and repping up Alixander means I'm going to stick with him until the next expansion.
Also, one thing appeals to me about warrior tanking: Simplicity of gear. I'll be honest... paladin tanking gear has always felt very awkward to me. The stats you need don't feel like they mesh very well. Of all the stats that are needed, only one pulls double duty (block rating for increasing crush avoidance and for increasing threat from Holy Shield and BoSanc). On the other than, warrior tanking gear feels much more sensible. Strength increases block value and DPS (direct threat increase; rage generation which translates to threat generation). Block value (both from gear and from STR) increases mitigation and threat generation (Shield Bash). Agility increases crit (rage generation which translates to threat generation), armor and dodge. Possibily there are a few other stats that do similar effects. While I love the challenge of getting the best gear as a paladin, a lot of it feels very counter-intuitive.
There are also two other reasons that are kinda stupid... First, dual wield. It's just cool! Yeah, I know that it's not something I'm ever going to use as a tank, but I've always loved the concept of dual wielding... Second is Blood Elves. What about Blood Elves? Well, as a paladin, I'm always reminded of wanting to play a Blood Elf as my main. Why don't I play one? Because I enjoy playing with my friends more than I enjoy playing a Blood Elf. So I stick with the Alliance. But being a paladin is a constant reminder that I could be playing a Blood Elf paladin.
What if I do change: Okay, first off, if I decide that I would prefer Deis to Alixander that does not mean that warriors are better tanks. It just means that they are better for me. And also I will be at the forefront of the fight to improve paladin tanking. Even if I change, I still firmly believe paladins should be allowed to be tanks just as validly as bear druids or warriors.
And one final thing: Why not bear druids? I could also roll a feral druid, but I've never wanted to play a druid. It's about the only class I've never had the urge to play. Mind you, I enjoy their company a lot, and three of the 12 raiders in my guild are druids (two balance and a resto), but I don't want to play one.
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