tbc classic protection warrior tank rotation abilities
  • Author: Kurathis
  • Date: April 2, 2021
  • Expansion: TBC Classic

Single Target Rotation

Let’s start off by making sure you’re in Defensive Stance; this will ensure we’re generating the most threat we possibly can.

The average rotation for a Warrior tank against single targets is pretty cut-and-dry. Ideally, we would want to use this rotation:

As we initiate the pull, we’ll often times use Bloodrage to allow for immediate rage generation. However, it is possible for this macro to be your pull (Assuming you are initially in Battle Stance):

/cast Charge

/cast Defensive Stance

/cast Bloodrage

This will allow you to start the fight with 10 Rage from Stance Mastery and 10 immediate rage and 1 rage per second for 10 seconds from Bloodrage.

Shield Slam > Revenge > Devastate > Devastate and repeat while throwing in Shield Block whenever it’s off its cooldown.

Something to keep in mind:

Heroic Strike consumes a white-damage attack and thus doesn’t generate any rage while consuming 9-12 rage (Depending on if you selected Improved Heroic Strike) Heroic Strike is not on the Global Cooldown and is an instant-cast ability, so whenever you find you do have extra rage, you can use this ability. If you are facing a lot of damage, you may want to consider using Thunder Clap to help slow down the mob or boss’ attacks.

Area of Effect Rotation

Let’s start off by making sure you’re in Defensive Stance; this will ensure we’re generating the most threat we possibly can.

The biggest hurdle Warriors have to overcome is tanking pulls with multiple mobs since we have a limited number of abilities that cause AoE threat (Thunder Clap, Cleave, Bloodrage, Demoralizing Shout, Commanding Shout and Battle Shout) The use of Rage Potions and Healing Potions both generate threat on mobs as long as you are currently on their threat table. There is generally no specific rotation for AoE pulls, but it is recommended to use marking (Skull, X, Moon, etc.) so that DPS can focus on your main target, while you are using Devastate on every mob (“Tab-targeting”) along with Thunder Clap, Revenge and Shield Slam. You may find crowd control, such as Polymorph, Sap or a Hunter’s Freezing Trap necessary to help reduce the number of active mobs in the pull.

 

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