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Guardian Druid Tank Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Oct 25, 2016 at 13:45 by Vlad 81 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Guardian Druid tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Guardian Druid in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Untameable, a top Guardian Druid who raids in DNOgaming. You can also watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Class Overview

Guardian Druid tanks are currently fairly well balanced, being equipped to deal with any incoming damage types, be they Physical or magic. Guardian Druids offer a high amount of utility to any raid or dungeon group. They rely on their high health pools (boosted in part by their Mastery) and the increases to healing received that they benefit from. As such, they take more damage than other tanks, but also have the means to handle this damage and be healed up accordingly.

As a Guardian Druid, you are well suited for single target tanking and excel at AoE tanking.

Note that this guide focuses on aspects which are specific to Guardian Druids, and general tanking strategies are beyond its scope. If you wish to know more about the tanking role and what you can do to improve, we recommend that you read our tanking guide.

2. Significant Legion Changes

  • Resolve has been removed.
  • Lacerate, Savage Defense, and Berserk have been removed, as have Primal Fury, Ursa Major, and Tooth and Claw passive abilities.
  • Mastery has been changed to Mastery: Nature's Guardian Icon Mastery: Nature's Guardian, which increases maximum health, healing received, and attack power.
  • Active mitigation is now done through Ironfur Icon Ironfur (armor increase), Mark of Ursol Icon Mark of Ursol (magic damage reduction), and Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration (self-heal).

3. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 7 pages:

4. ChangeLog

  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Patch 7.1 changes.
    • Updated the description of Galactic Guardian (causes 10 Rage to be generated, down from 15, and increases the damage of the next Moonfire by 300%).
    • Added a mention that Incarnation is now off the global cooldown.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Slightly updated the discussion of the Guardian of Elune and Lunar Beam talents.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention that the goal of the single target rotation is to generate as much Rage as possible.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Removed a mention that stated you can prioritise Haste over Mastery if you have enough maximum health, as this is no longer the case.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated pre-raid trinket mentions slightly.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added BiS list.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority.
  • 09 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to match the new stat priority (with Versatility as the preferred stat).
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added a section on using Guardian of Elune.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated tier 1 talent discussion and added Moonfire (with Galactic Guardian procs) to the rotations.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Added a mention that Critical Strike also increases your chance to dodge.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Revised tier 1 and 5 talent discussions.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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