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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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That’s right, kids.

I’ve been unfaithful to one of my characters.

I know… oh, I know!  HOW SCANDALOUS!

I’m usually of such a high moral standard that such a thing is barely believable!

But sadly, it is true.

Ever since patch 4.0.1 launched, I’ve found myself in a similar situation as Dechion, who is not all that pleased with the changes to his hunters.  (And now a day after I wrote that line, Dechion is re-inspired.)  Either way, I am not all that pleased or comfortable with druid tanking right now…or as Dech/BBB have both noted, maybe I’m not willing to re-learn druid tanking.

But I have found my tanking “mistress”…

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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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I’m helping Chawa’s priest hunt down the Abyssal Rune from regular ToC.  I decide to go as a tank in hopes of quick queue times.

But this is what I see:

These wait times are unheard of for tanks! WTF!

The things we do for our better halves, eh guys?  nowutimean?

** Edit – 25 minutes later:  After a disconnect, a requeue and maybe another 7 minutes, we got into a group.   The first thing that someone said, “How many of you are here for trinkets?”  Seems everyone but me was.  That said, fairly smooth run despite some bickering over someone wanting The Black Heart (before we even got through the first fight).  Chawa’s trinket dropped and she got it, though.  Hooray!

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