Protection Warrior

The Warrior’s Charge: The Trial of Rage scenario and your new class mount The new class mounts tend to work in a certain way: You finish the long campaign to open the Tomb of Sargeras, you are challenged to complete some sort of event, and when you’re done you attain a mount. All very fine. My wife did her Hunter quest and was very excited to share how...

The Warrior’s Charge: Arms and more Warrior changes on the 7.2.5 PTR I should first point out that I’m using the MMO-Champion’s and Wowhead’s 7.2.5 patch notes because Blizzard hasn’t put out their own yet, plus I logged onto the PTR myself and tooled around on a Horde Arms Warrior. My initial impressions on the changes are that I can’t tell what Blizzard’s overall goal is — especially since...




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Developers weigh in on Nighthold tank balance Tank balance has come to the fore in the Nighthold raid. World of Warcraft designer Sigma acknowledged as much in a post on the Official Forums. The damage profile he is referring to is the large amount of constant magic damage.

The Warrior’s Charge: Warriors in patch 7.1.5 It’s been a few days since patch 7.1.5 went live. It hasn’t exactly been a resounding success for us Warriors. I’m willing to argue that has a lot to do with how it changed other classes rather than what it did to us — save for a few tweaks and a reasonably large change to...

The Warrior’s Charge: 7.1.5 and the unknown As of the writing of this post, we don’t know anything about 7.1.5 and Warriors. We have datamined information to look at — and I’m going to look at it — but in the absence of patch notes or any sort of official information from Blizzard we have to keep the following in mind: First,...

The Warrior’s Charge: Warrior performance in the Emerald Nightmare raid Okay, now I’ve raided Emerald Nightmare and killed enough bosses (plus seen bosses I haven’t killed yet) as both a tank and as DPS. So this column will be discussing my experiences therein. But as a round-up, here are my initial thoughts on state of Warriors in the game’s latest raid: Protection still feels pretty good,...




The Warrior’s Charge: Tanking nerfs and Prot Warrior DPS By now we’ve all seen that Blizzard is going to nerf tank damage across the board. I’ll just flat out say it: Warrior AOE is pretty good (not nearly as good as Monks or Demon Hunters, but pretty solid) but our single target DPS is, at best, adequate. It shines compared to a DPS spec...

The Warrior’s Charge: Warrior leveling to 110 Okay, so I’m not super fast at leveling. It took me until Wednesday to hit level 110 on the Warrior I chose to level first in Legion and here are some impressions. First off, Second Wind is the best leveling talent Warriors have ever had. It makes Arms a powerhouse leveling spec, especially compared to...



The Warrior’s Charge: What to do once patch 7.0 drops Okay, you’re a Warrior and you just logged in for the first time after patch 7.0 dropped. Possibly for the first time in months. Your talents look different, dual spec is no more, and your glyphs are gone. You may be feeling a little lost. What do you do now? For those of you who...

The Warrior’s Charge: Tanking Design in the Legion beta I’m writing this column purely from a Warrior standpoint, and purely as someone who has tanked on a Warrior and Death Knight. I will say that so far I prefer DK tanking in Legion to Warrior tanking. That doesn’t mean either of them are where they should be, but DK definitely feels stronger. As of right...

The Warrior’s Charge: Warriors and class lore in Legion Alphas are notorious for their changes. One minute, you get approached by a raven, the next, Danath Trollbane and/or Saurfang are asking you to go on a suicide mission with them. Mechanically, there haven’t been any huge changes for Warriors in the alpha since the last time I wrote about them, so I thought this...

The Warrior’s Charge: A Gladiator’s Resolve If you don’t know, then it falls upon me to tell you that Gladiator’s Resolve, the level 100 talent that lets Protection Warriors DPS with a sword and shield, has been removed in Legion. There are several reasons for this, some we’ve heard and some I’m speculating on. For one thing, stances are effectively gone...

The Warrior’s Charge: Fury and Protection in Legion Okay, so I’ve now tanked and DPS’d in various dungeons and I can say the following: Fury is fun in a dungeon. Even if you don’t have Bladestorm, you can talent to have an awesome Whirlwind/Rampage combo that does crazy AoE damage and is fun fun fun. You’re a reaping, swirling crusher and render, a...

The Warrior’s Charge: Protection tanking in Legion There were only two dungeons available in the Legion alpha — well, before they shut down the alpha for the holidays, anyway. I’ve now tanked both Black Rook Hold and Halls of Valor and have some impressions for how Protection feels as a tanking spec in Legion. Does Protection work? Yes. It’s adequate for holding threat and has solid but unremarkable...

The Warrior’s Charge: Protection talents in Legion While I’m in the alpha for Legion, at present that means playing a Demon Hunter. So for now we’ll be working based on the recent huge datamine of Legion information, which means we’re even more in a ‘don’t panic, none of this is set in stone’ area then we’d be if it was a live...

The Warrior’s Charge: Leveling without heirlooms This past month, I’ve been leveling three Warriors from 1 to around 20 or so (one with my wife, two solo) and I’ve been doing several things to make it interesting. One is that I haven’t been using a single heirloom at all. No weapons, no trinkets, nothing. The other is that I’ve played one of...