Monday, December 29, 2008

Where I'm at now

How about we get into what I am doing now and what I've done so far in WOW?

My main as I said before is a protection paladin named Frostbeard. He has been level 80 for about 3 weeks now much to the chagrin of my wife who I left in the dust on her dwarven priest, she has since reached 80 and is very happy to be able to just run instances instead of the quest grind that she abhors.

Back to Frostbeard:
I knew I needed to reach the magical value of 540 defense to start raiding, following that my goal was to become "unhittable" with a combined miss, dodge, parry, block of 102.4% with holy shield active. This does not mean I will not take damage from a mob hitting me, only that any attack will be mitigated in some regard as long as holy shield is up. Now some of you who are more knowledgeable might say "that 102.4 won't cut it anymore, there's diminishing returns" to that I would respond "you are right!". What they would be talking about is the diminishing returns you get from your miss rating, many people on agree the diminishing return (DR) is there but not how much. So ideally, you shoot for a couple percent over the 102 figure to account for the miss DR.

So now I'm uncrittable and "unhittable" and striving for more stamina. One of my main goals is to replace my BC stamina trinket "Darkmoon Card: Vengeance" with the "Essence of Gossamer" from Heroic Azjol-Nerub.

I'm able to main-tank the bosses in Naxx 25, though I'm still getting used to my emergency buttons. Since I wasn't tanking in raids too much prior to WotLK I haven't been able to think in terms of emergencies with "Bubble-wall" or the paladin tank's awesome ability to soak raid damage occasionally with Divine Shield while not in a main tank role.

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