Care and Feeding of Warriors: Waiting for the Patch

With the basic threat baked into Defensive Stance, the real liability of a non-standard tanking spec is all the tricks that you lose from protection. No Vigilance, no Shockwave, no Devastate, no charging in combat (you can stance switch for an Intercept and Intervene is still available, of course), none of the added magic reduction of Improved Defensive, the excellent multi-mob utility of Damage Shield, your base block value is lower due to your loss of Shield Mastery and you can only Shield Block once a minute instead of once every 40 seconds. It's fair to ask why anyone would want to tank without the plethora of goodness that protection provides a tank.

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