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Patch 4.0.1 was out for a good while before I had a chance to do much tanking. Now I’ve done enough to conclude that warrior tanks are still pretty great.

However, I did need to play around with my warrior a bit and make some adjustments to my toolbars. Here are some of the things I’ve learned about warrior tanking in 4.0.1:

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So, patch 4.0.1 has been with us a few weeks and I’m ¬†starting to get used to the changes.

One thing is very clear at this point — I was not prepared.

I thought I was in good shape. I had looked at the new talent trees, read about some of the class changes and my inscriptionist knows every glyph. I figured it would be about on par with 3.0.

Now I realize exactly what needs to be done for each character spec before they are really ready for Cataclysm.

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I had started playing around with other tanking classes a while ago and as a result I’d gotten kind of down on my warrior. It just seemed that other tanks could run through heroics with so much less effort and grief.

However, ¬†I’ve been playing him more lately and have found tanking on him to be better than I remembered.

In fact, I now think that warriors are the superior tanks. They are certainly the most fun.

While still the weakest for AOE threat, warriors have the most comprehensive set of tanking abilities. Let’s look at some of the areas where warriors excel.

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After a Chawakanda comment on a recent Regis post I thought it might be useful to put out a brief guide for DPS on how to know when it’s okay to start attacking in earnest.

Each tank has a signature AOE ability. Waiting for this ability before doing AOE damage is not a guarantee that you won’t pull aggro but not waiting for it is generally a guarantee that you will.

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I have noticed that a lot of people seem increasingly disinclined to tank in a PuG.

I think our guild currently has two people willing to tank if the group doesn’t have at least three guildies in it. Even then, there is a strong preference for an all-guild run.

While I certainly understand the sentiment I no longer feel this way myself.

I am now perfectly happy to tank in a PuG even if no guild members are present.

Unless I am on my warrior.

I have been trying to pin down why I have this exception and I think that I have worked it out:

When you don’t have aggro you are basically an off-tank.

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