- Author: Oxykitten
- Date: April 28, 2022
- Expansion: TBC Classic
Welcome to our stat priority guide for Feral tanks in WoW: Burning Crusade Classic! This guide will explain how to make good gearing choices, and how valuable each stat is.
In the past, many guides would list “stat priorities” for different classes, suggesting to stack X stat before Y stat and so on. In reality, optimising your character is far more about balancing the values of different stats to come up with the best overall gear set possible. For example, while 1 Agility is better for a Feral tank than 1 Stamina, 2 Stamina is better than 1 Agility. So, while your stat priority could be Agility > Stamina, that wouldn’t help you accurately decide between two pieces of gear. Luckily, I’ve done all the work for you; I have published a detailed gearing guide for tanks. You can follow that and not need to know how the decisions are made behind the scenes, so this guide serves as ‘extra reading’ if you’re interested!
Still, it is valuable to have an understanding of why some pieces of gear are better than others, so I will give some example stat weights, general gearing principles, and information on how stat weights are calculated. Venture in if you’re keen!
- Critical Strike Immunity:
Like players, enemies have a chance to Critically Strike their melee attacks, doing twice their normal damage. This can lead to massive damage spikes and tank deaths. Luckily, tanks are able to eliminate the possibility of being critically struck by wearing Defense and Resilience, as well as through the talent Survival of the Fittest, to reach 5.6% critical strike chance reduction. The stat weights I include here will not value the critical strike suppression value of Defense and Resilience, as reaching this threshold should be a basic requirement of all reasonable tank sets for a raid environment.
- Hit cap:
Players have a 9% chance to miss against level 73/boss enemies. This means that wearing 9% hit (or 6% with improved faerie fire) stops you from missing. However, you will continue to get your hits dodged and parried, so there is no intrinsic value to reaching this cap. In fact, hit cap is a limit, as hit rating past the cap no longer provides any value; this can limit your gear choices as the hit rating on certain powerful items cannot always be utilised. So, don’t worry about “reaching hit cap,” just make sure you don’t go above the cap.
Thank you for taking the time to read our Feral Tank Stat Priority Guide for TBC. I hope it was helpful, and if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment below, or find me as Oxy on the Druid Classic Discord.