So I have some general questions on how other prot tanks are using their shields just in general. I imagine that raid bosses are going to be somewhat cut and dry- with us conserving rage and holding off on block/barrier if we’re close to the boss getting say a melee damage buff or preparing for some kind of big spell.
What about the in between times such as trash clears, scenarios, and 5-mans though?
I find myself compelled to keep Block up if I don’t specifically need to conserve it. Something deeply engrained in my play style still feels compelled to put it up when I can, though I know that’s no longer how things are supposed to be necessarily. I’ll usually use Barrier if I know that spell damage is incoming, but somehow I feel that I am underutilizing it generally. Is Barrier a better go-to shield move because of the lower cost/more universally applicable mitigation?
It seems like I’m generating plenty of rage to drop some into evening things out for healers. So how are other people playing in non-boss fights? Are you conserving your rage, throwing up your shield a lot, forgoing your shield mitigation for DPS/threat?
On the boss fight side of things, are you keeping Block up as much as possible, and then getting more calculating with it as you suspect the boss is about to hit an output spike?