Almost 70. Do I go deeper Protection, plus Arms that support Tanking? Or is Fury DPS still a viable option for dungeons/raiding?

So I got to thinking about improving performance, and came up with the following build:


Arms Talents – 10 point(s)
Deflection – rank 5/5
Iron Will – rank 5/5

Protection Talents – 51 point(s)
Anticipation – rank 5/5
Shield Specialization – rank 5/5
Toughness – rank 5/5
Last Stand – rank 1/1
Improved Shield Block – rank 1/1
Improved Revenge – rank 3/3
Defiance – rank 3/3
Improved Sunder Armor – rank 3/3
Improved Taunt – rank 2/2
Concussion Blow – rank 1/1
Improved Shield Bash – rank 2/2
Shield Mastery – rank 3/3
One-Handed Weapon Specialization – rank 5/5
Improved Defensive Stance – rank 2/3
Shield Slam – rank 1/1
Focused Rage – rank 3/3
Vitality – rank 5/5
Devastate – rank 1/1

I hate to keep putting money down to test out theories.

And if the guild already has two full Protection Warriors, would I, as a Fury Warrior, find a role as DPS?


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5 Responses to

  1. Doeg says:

    The only differences between my current spec and your proposed spec is that I have 5 in Cruelty instead of Iron Will, and 2 points in Improved Shield Wall rather than Improved Shield Bash.

    I like the Cruelty even when tanking, since theoretically more crits = more aggro to me.

    The other choice seems to boil down to a tool that is good for bosses (Wall) versus one that is good on trash casters (Bash), since bosses are typically immune to silence. I loved Bash in the “old” game when I had it. The big problem with Wall is the long cooldown.

    ISTM that Prot really allows a lot of choices rather than must-haves, which I like.

    Probably the major remaining question for me (since I’ve not tanked many of the Outlands instances yet) is which talents might help in tanking multiple mobs.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree with doeg one where to put the the point. I am not sold on iron will but prefer points in defection and cruelty as will. The extra damage from shield bash would be nice.

    Tanking to mobs are not a real problem for me as it appears that rage generation is a lot better than it has been in the past. I would look to improve on the defensive stats and attemp to get closer to the uncrushable state that I keep hearing about. I’m not sure if that number is 405 or 490. I was being pounded on by a boss and add on yesterday and did not find the damage to be to bad. I have quite a few point in the various shield talents.

  3. GSH says:

    If you are going to go that deep into Protection for tanking, take Improved Thunderclap.

    It’s huge for reducing damage, AoE tanking, and is invaluable in raids and dealing with fast-hitting mobs.

  4. Gitr says:

    As to the query about Fury being a viable option: you can do mad damage if you have decent-great gear, but you don’t have the party advantages of rogues or mages for competing as a DPS class getting into a raid. You have to get in on the basis of doing mad damage as a “be all, sell all” plus. That usually requires getting in with a guild run.

    I can’t tell you how many times I got into a party and was expected to tank. I did fine, but if they asked, and I told the truth, I was often kicked for not being prot. Stupid players, but reality. That is why I usually form my own groups with Gitr.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m not yet 70, but I’ve specc’d into a very awesome fury/prot build. My fiance and I are able to do most, if not all quests by ourselves. I can tank pretty well if we go do an instance. (There are a few tweaks I’d like to do to the build, but I really enjoy it. Next level I’ll be going for Bloodthirst)

    Good luck,
    (Check my armory profile for talents)

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