Posted 15 August 2006 - 04:46 PM
We're at the wierd position currently of having -3- protection specced tanks. It wasnt' really intentional, it just sort of ended up happening- we as a guild like to have 2, and one of those two has had to take a bit of a break for RL reasons. Hes' sort of back now but his attendence is less than stellar.
IT could merely be psychosomatic (sp?), but when K respecced Prot from fury he became so amazingly much easier to heal. His aggro generation (being formerly Fury with a fairly good tank set) did not frankly noticibly change that much, though the person sitting next to him is a protection for a year + TF tank with better gear, so it's kinda hard to judge threat on that scale. The ability to Last Stand, Toughness...whatever. Easier to heal, less likely to get slaughtered if all the healers are warstomped/outranged/whatever.
I also (from a nonwarrior, take it with a grain of salt) think that Shield Slam is just extremely underrated by most. I know our MT yells out on vent that he got a 1000 SS crit on Nefarion- suppose he's got to keep himself entertained on that fight -somehow-, but that's a pretty nice bit of burst aggro for not much rage. I dont' know the added threat, but I'd venture to guess that SS is certainly up there in terms of efficency- and on fights where every little scrap helps (eg, the learning encounters) I think it matters.
Oh....and a Protection spec warrior in good gear with a TF in PVP is one of the funniest things you've ever seen. Your total damage goes down but still you can farm (better than all those other people who specced to raid, in fact....). The reality of protection spec is that it's not so bad, not nearly as bad as people make it out to be.
As far as I know, nobody has ever 'needed' a protection spec for anything. I've heard Fury does amazing things as a MT position, or hybrids with Defiance, or any number of things. The question comes down to your guild, and what would be optimal for you and them. For us, at our stage in the game, having 2 Prot specced tanks we think has significantly eased a number of fights, enuogh that our OT decided to respec once it was clear that our former OT's RL stuff would keep him busy for the forseeable future. Higher threat, better survivablity, we find it a good use of a raid slot.
By the way, -am- I wrong? Is there a situation where Prot is just nigh required?
It makes me want to hit Marge Thatcher on the nose with a rolled up newspaper.