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#1 Nov 14 2010 at 2:17 PM Rating: Decent
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So, what's your viewpoint on how viable prot PvP will be in Cataclysm?

It has been a while since I've played WoW, but with Cataclysm looming near I feel myself drawn towards it again. I used to love tanking in BC and to do PvP as prot, but lost interest when I dinged lvl 80. Leveling to 80 was more duty than fun and I quit shortly after.

So, give me your opinion on Prot PvP as I've seen PvE specs allready. Where would YOU put your points?
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#2 Nov 15 2010 at 9:56 AM Rating: Good
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I think Prot PVP will be more viable in Cataclysm than previously, mostly because of the importance of rated BGs.

There are some tasks (Defending nodes, tanking some of the PVP bosses, Flag Running) that Prot is great for, especially when coordinated with a team. The big thing is to play to your strengths (and run with a healer).

Personally, I'd run with something like this for Prot PVP at 80: http://www.wowhead.com/talent#L0bZcZfchdRRobru:o0Vobfzo0

Blitz is a great talent. Safeguard can help team members who are being focused (only an idiot would focus you as Prot, which is the same reason I picked up Battle Trance - rage starvation can be a real issue). Points in Thunderstruck are highly debatable, and could probably be spent better elsewhere.

Major glyphs (which aren't showing up) I went with Spell Reflect, Intervene, and Intercept.
#3 Nov 15 2010 at 10:24 AM Rating: Decent
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Yes, I have somewhat the same after playing around with the builds. However, I removed points from Battle Trance and Thunderstruck and used them in Cruelty and Hold the Line. I figured most of my damage would come from Shield Slams, Heroic Strikes and Revenge Spamming, so why not go for more damage and crit on Shield Slam.

I do however agree with you concerning rage starvation. That's why I glyphed Berserker Rage to generate 5 extra (not much) rage whenever I use it. Hopefully I can generate enough rage with white attacks.
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#4 Nov 15 2010 at 3:30 PM Rating: Good
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However, I removed points from Battle Trance and Thunderstruck and used them in Cruelty and Hold the Line. I figured most of my damage would come from Shield Slams, Heroic Strikes and Revenge Spamming, so why not go for more damage and crit on Shield Slam.

I avoided Hold the Line because I figured a good BG team would avoid focusing you, since they don't really want Vengeance to stack up, and you're hardly the squishiest target to start with. If you're being attacked by melee, it'd be a nice little buff. I could see taking points out of Thunderstruck though - you're unlikely to get it to stack very high in a BG setting.

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I do however agree with you concerning rage starvation. That's why I glyphed Berserker Rage to generate 5 extra (not much) rage whenever I use it. Hopefully I can generate enough rage with white attacks.

I think you'd be crazy to burn Berserker Rage for 5 rage, given its fear-break ability. Could be just me though. :)
#5 Nov 15 2010 at 11:58 PM Rating: Decent
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Yes, but whenever I do use Berserker Rage to break a fear I would get 5 extra rage :P And yes, I also agree with you on Hold the Line giving it another thought...

Edited, Nov 16th 2010 12:59am by Sesseth
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