Xayton's Tank Guide - Ehh kinda updated

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***All stuff taken from previous posts from various people from various places, myself included.***

As I have said many times before I am not going to take credit for something I didn't do myself. Credit goes to the people at Maintankadin. This is why I provide links and say "Taken from Maintankadin" and have "***All stuff taken from previous posts from various people from various places, myself included.***"
The purpose of the sticky is to provide answers to all the frequent questions that pop on the forum, in a nice easy place to find instead of having to search. I provide links where I got all the info. I just wanted to clear that up so you don't assume I am the one coming up with all of this.

    **Don't blindly lead yourself. Take the time to learn about your class. Learn why you should be gemming with X gems, enchanting with Y enchants, and specing Z. It will give you a better understanding of how things work and in the long run make you a better tank.**


Links;

Maintankadin;
http://maintankadin.failsafedesign.com/forum/

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Specs;
Some talents will change depending on fight mechanics.

My Spec;
http://www.wowhead.com/talent#lmE|

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Spec notes;

Tier 1:
All have pluses and minuses. Take which ever you like more.

Tier 2:
What ever floats your boat really.

Tier 3:
Sacred Shield is your go to here. It is better to prevent damage then to heal it. Also no HoPo = good.

Tier 4:
Unbreakable Spirit will be your overall go to. Hand of Purity should be used on a per boss basis depending on mechanics.

Tier 5:
Holy Avenger = Max survivability.
Sanctified Wrath = Max DPS
Divine Purpose = Okay

Tier 6:
Execution Sentence = Max DPS
Holy Prism = Max DPS for AoE
Light's Hammer = Good raid cooldown

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For a single-target DPS configuration, the recommendation is:
  • Alabaster Shield
  • Focused Shield
  • Final Wrath
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    Glyph Notes:
  • Harsh Words is a DPS increase if and only if you are off-tanking or don't have Alabaster Shield glyphed.
  • For more AoE fights it may be a good idea to swap Focused Shield to Double Jeopardy. Just make sure you are changing targets for your second Judgement.
  • Divine Protection is a good swap for Final Wrath if you want a another physical damage reduction CD.
  • Edited by Xayton on 9/24/2012 6:57 PM PDT
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    ITEM ENHANCEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS (love you Cely <3)

    Gems

    Enchantments, armor kits, inscriptions and Belt buckles! OH MY!
    Edited by Xayton on 9/24/2012 5:26 PM PDT
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    Single Target:

    There really isn't a hard and fast rotation anymore per se. Meaning there is no 9393 sort of stuff.

    Abbreviations:

    CS - Crusader Strike
    J - Judgement
    AS - Avenging Shield
    Cons - Consecration
    L90 - Level 90 talent
    AS+ - Grand Crusader Proc
    HW - Holy Wrath
    ShoR - Shield of the Righteous (bite me it's an old habit)
    ^WB - Weakened Blows
    ^SS - Sacred Shield
    ES - Execution Sentence
    HotR - Hammer of the Righteous

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    If the fight has a strict DPS requirement you should use the Max DPS priority. Otherwise using the Highest survivability + DPS priority is your go too.

    Optimal HoPo Gen + DPS:
    CS > J > AS+ > Cons > L90 > AS > HW > ShoR

    Max DPS (doesn't worry about optimal HoPo gen)
    CS > J > Cons > ES > AS > HW > ShoR

    Highest survivability + DPS:
    ^WB > CS > J > AS+ > Cons > ^SS > HW > ShoR
    Try to refresh Sacred Shield at it's last tick or so. Aim for 80 - 90% uptime.

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    AoE:

    Switch to Seal of Righteousness.
    Use AS, Cons, HW, and HotR in some sort of logical way and you will be fine.
    Edited by Xayton on 9/24/2012 5:52 PM PDT
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    Reforging;

    GOING TO BE REDONE.
    Edited by Xayton on 9/24/2012 5:28 PM PDT
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    Seals:

    Overall you should always be using Seal of Truth. If you need to worry about AoE situations switch to Seal of Righteousness.

    There is somewhat of a caveat to Seal of Truth though. If DPS in a fight is ABSOLUTELY, 500%, without a shadow of a doubt, not an issue. OR if you again ABSOLUTELY, 500%, without a shadow of a doubt need a little extra healing, using Seal of Insight may be a good idea.
    Edited by Xayton on 9/24/2012 5:59 PM PDT
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    Macros;

    THESE SHOULD BE A MUST HAVES FOR ANY TANK

    Macro to increase your max Camera distance
    /script SetCVar("cameraDistanceMax",50)

    Divine Shield Cancel Macro
    #showtooltip
    /stopcasting
    /cancelaura Divine Shield
    /cast Divine Shield

    Parry to Dodge ratio
    /run d=GetDodgeChance() p=235.5*d/65.631440-((235.5/65.631440)*5.01-3.76) DEFAULT_CHAT_FRAME:AddMessage("Ideal parry for current dodge: "..string.format("%.2f",p))
    Edited by Xayton on 9/24/2012 5:55 PM PDT
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    Addons;

    Very Highly Recommended
    PowerAura's - Great for tracking Holy Power, Procs, Cooldowns.
    http://www.tankspot.com/showthread.php?58444-PowerAuras-Tutorial

    Tidy Plates + Threat Plates - Allows you to easily see what mobs you have aggro one while AoEing.

    Highly Recommended
    Skada - A lighter version of Recount that also covers Threat. Why use Omen + Recount when you can use one addon for both.

    Deadly Boss Mods (Or some boss mod) - If you don't know why you need this....

    Recommended
    Omen - Threat meter...rather self explanatory.

    Recount - Damage meter. Plain and simple.

    Fun Stuff
    Vengeance Status - Lets you see how much AP you are getting from Vengeance, without having to open up your character page.

    Acheron - A death log...plain and simple.

    EavesDrop - A much easier to read combat log. If you have a death log like Archeron you have a less of a use for this.
    Edited by Xayton on 9/24/2012 5:55 PM PDT
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    Place holder.

    /wave
    Edited by Xayton on 9/24/2012 5:55 PM PDT
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    Place holder.

    /wave
    Edited by Xayton on 9/24/2012 5:29 PM PDT
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    Change log.

    Stuff.
    Edited by Xayton on 7/29/2011 3:27 PM PDT
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    Excellent guide, make sure to Like all of the posts!
    D=

    Dont tell me they deleted the entire old guide?
    Edited by Vaydra on 11/14/2010 7:34 PM PST
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    D=

    Dont tell me they deleted the entire old guide?


    They couldn't give me an exact reason as to why the OP was deleted. They just chalked it up to a new forum/site and just some confusion. They told me I was free to start a new topic and have the old one deleted. So I asked them to delete it.
    Edited by Xayton on 11/14/2010 7:47 PM PST
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    You should probably mention for AoE of 4-6 mobs that you should always use AS (unglpyhed) on Grand Crusader procs if you've picked up that talent.
    This should be stickied.
    90 Tauren Paladin
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1kS0A_E2Ag
    85 Draenei Paladin
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    Cheesus, this new forum is gonna take some getting used to. Can we report for stickies still? I didn't wanna click on "report" and have it just report the post. D:
    85 Human Paladin
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1kS0A_E2Ag
    Whoa, Carerra's avatar looks weird now.

    Then again so does Holiwrath.


    Oh so true.
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