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This week, the spotlight is on The Inconspicuous Bear, the definite Guardian Druid community resource. The site was started in 2010 by Reesi as a simple blog about bear tanks (as the spec was commonly called at the time). The site quickly grew and Arielle (our current Guardian Druid reviewer) joined a few months later.


Nowadays, Arielle is the main contributor of the website and he provides just about everything a Guardian Druid can dream of: various bear tanking guides, all the math behind his theorycrafting, gear guides, video guides for normal/heroic/challenge modes.
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A marvelous site for bears (and other tanks wink.png).

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