- Author: Kurathis
- Date: April 2, 2021
- Updated: October 16, 2021
- Expansion: TBC Classic
- Defense Cap (490)
- Hit Rating
- Block Value
Defense Rating – Warriors require a total of 490 defense skill, which equates to roughly 332 defense rating, combined with our default 350 defense skill we should have at level 70. It is not always necessary to pick up Anticipation in the Protection tree. If you do choose this talent, your required defense rating would drop to roughly 285 to reach “crit immunity” against raid bosses.
Stamina – Stamina should NOT be stacked completely but it should be the main priority in terms of the enchants available to most pieces of gear since higher stamina allows you to potentially survive through more dangerous attacks (For example, enraged attacks)
Hit Rating – Melee attacks provide our threat generation. By prioritizing Hit Rating, we’re able to reduce the chances of our attacks not landing by eliminating the chance for them to “miss” our target.
Expertise – Similar to Hit Rating, Expertise reduces (or eliminates, when capped) the chances our attacks not landing on our targets. The difference is that Expertise affects the chance the target will either dodge or parry our attack. Expertise affects threat generation in this manner. It also affects survivability through the reduction in “parry haste.”
Block Value – Block Value provides Warriors two benefits: Damage Mitigation through damage blocked, and threat generation by increasing the damage we cause with Shield Slam.
Mitigation – Thanks to Deflection and Shield Specialization, Warriors are often ahead of the game in terms of mitigation right off the bat. The goal is to reach a combined total of 102.4% avoidance – Dodge, Parry, Block, and Miss. This total allows the Warrior to eliminate the chance of being the victim of a crushing blow. Warriors have access to Shield Block, which covers them for 75% of this expected total, leaving only 27.4% necessary. With a 5-second cooldown, most bosses will only hit you twice before you’re able to use Shield Block again, effectively leaving you immune to crushing blows consistently. Increasing your default defensive stats is always a good idea, but it will happen naturally by equipping tanking gear.