bear tanks

85 Troll Druid
6220
i just came back how are bear tanks this expansion?
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90 Blood Elf Priest
14480
Furry.
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85 Troll Druid
6220
sir i like that answer
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90 Tauren Druid
19055
No complaints, I love it. :D
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90 Human Death Knight
15680
Bearly there

:D see what i did

bear

tank

druid

ok nevermind they are fine
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I finally leveled one to 90, and it is hands down, the most boring, mind numbing tank in the game.
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90 Night Elf Druid
12140
Meh. Middle ground.

IMO

Pally>Monk>Warrior=Druid>DK Atm.
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90 Pandaren Monk
12105
As a former bear tank, I had to bench mine in favor of a brewmaster. I'm sure that once my druid caught up to the monk in gear, he would have done fine, but I really don't like the way bears tank nowadays. I think my two major problems are that SD doesn't seem to physically do anything (not to mention it's effects could be 100% negated by RNG. Unlikely, but possible).

The other problem I have is that it seems to be a lot of waiting. Everything has a cooldown, so there isn't a button that I could be hitting while I'm waiting for something to do. Monks have at the very least Tiger Palm, which isn't great, but its something. When I tanked on my druid, I was either waiting for something to come off cooldown or praying that I could dodge when SD was up.

I'm sure they make good tanks, its just not a style for me anymore. I much prefer the faster paced brewmaster.
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90 Tauren Druid
19055
I won't argue with different tank styles being better for different people, but there's definitely no gap in my rotation. Between Lacerate, Mangle, Thrash and FFF (because now it does damage!) there is always a button to press.
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90 Pandaren Monk
15635
I'm kind of in the same boat as Saepio. I used to love my bear, but the 5.0 mechanics just feel weird to me. I *understand* how they're supposed to work, but every time I've tried to play mine, it comes down to a ham-fisted exercise in frustration. Even trying to raid before the expansion itself hit was irritating. Of course, he was the first character I leveled to 90, figuring that would fix it. Got a little gear, tried some CMs, some LFR. Couldn't get into it. Leveled an alt 85-90 to see if time away would make it feel better. Nope. Still not my thing. Made a brewmaster for the hell of it. Fell totally in love with it.

Don't get me wrong. Bears are excellent tanks in the hands of those who know how to use them properly. I just happen to have found something I enjoy even more.
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90 Pandaren Monk
12105
I won't argue with different tank styles being better for different people, but there's definitely no gap in my rotation. Between Lacerate, Mangle, Thrash and FFF (because now it does damage!) there is always a button to press.


yea I'm almost positive I'm doing it wrong. Generally, I can make it to where there arent any gaps, but the only way I can is to follow a set pattern of Mangle, Lacerate, Thrash, Lacerate, resetting whenever the proc hits.

I prefer more options. Should I jab or expel harm? Should I tiger palm or blackout kick (when I have plenty of time left, the chi to BoK and waiting on energy to regen)? Should I guard or Chi Wave?

It just seems to me like the druid is very limited on when I can do what. I feel like if I don't do X at Y time, everything gets thrown off.

Like I said, I'm sure there's nothing wrong with bears and I'm just doing it wrong. Like Kazu, I made the monk just to check them out and never turned back (well...I did once, which is where my opinion of druids comes from).
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90 Troll Druid
14480
I would, in no way, put warriors ahead of bears this raid tier.

Bears are more than fine, in any case.
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14 Night Elf Druid
0
04/22/2013 07:15 AMPosted by Blackfeather
FFF (because now it does damage!)
Feral Faerie Fire has done damage in Bear form since at least Cata, and I'm pretty sure it did damage in WotLK too. The Mangle reset chance is new, but yeah.
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90 Tauren Druid
19055
I think just Cata? Not sure, now that you mention it. Cata still feels "new" to me; probably why I worded it that way.
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90 Pandaren Monk
12105
I think it damaged in wrath too, although the damage was minimal at best.
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90 Tauren Druid
15760
i just came back how are bear tanks this expansion?


Same as always, everyone thinks we suck, but really we're awesome.
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90 Troll Druid
17355
bears are in a very good position, though Ji-Kun and Tortos have mechanics that ignore armor and kinda puts us at a disavantage.. but nothing that cant be toyed around (Paragon is #1 10man guild in the world with a guardian druid)

People will tell you savage defense is rng, but its no less rng than block is, The way I see it, we have the highest stam modifier, highest armor to make up for an unreliable active mitigation, and we have an super strong avoidance active mitigation that completly outdoes block, it ends up being the same as shield tanks, except we're the other way around.

At any rate, i've not had any problems living against anything. Even if we have an RNG active mitigation, tooth&claw is not RNG and reduces damage in a safe manner. When you'll be full 522, you'll either dodge damage or take a reduced hit, you'll have rage for both easily.
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we have the highest stam modifier

The stamina multiplier is the same for all tanks except for DKs I believe.
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90 Worgen Druid
10075
04/22/2013 06:34 AMPosted by Saepio
Everything has a cooldown, so there isn't a button that I could be hitting while I'm waiting for something to do.


Wow, not the way I play it. I feel like I always have a button to push and am not waiting on anything - very much unlike the Pally or DK.

Same as always, everyone thinks we suck, but really we're awesome.
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