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Protection Warrior Tank Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Feb 19, 2017 at 10:37 by Vlad 173 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Protection Warrior tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Protection Warrior in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Treckie, one of the best tanks in the world, who raids in Nihilum. You can watch his stream on Twitch and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

Currently, Protection Warriors are faring very well, making them a worthy choice for your raid's tanking spot(s).

Protection Warriors have excellent mobility during encounters, and shine in fights where there are many adds. Due to their blocking potential, the damage that they take throughout fights is very smooth and predictable, and easy to heal.

Note that this guide focuses on aspects which are specific to Protection Warriors, 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. What Has Changed in Legion?

The Protection specialisation has not changed dramatically from Warlords of Draenor, but there are a few notable differences.

  • Stances have been removed.
  • The cost of Shield Block Icon Shield Block has been significantly lowered (to 15 Rage).
  • Shield Barrier has been replaced by Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain, an ability that works similarly (reduces 90% of a fixed amount of incoming damage).
  • Execute, Heroic Strike, Mocking Banner, and the Enrage mechanic have been removed.
  • Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage no longer grants a damage buff.

3. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

  • Focused Rage has been removed.
  • Ultimatum (talent) has been removed, and replaced with Devastator Icon Devastator, a talent that can significantly alter gameplay.
  • Many talents have been rebalanced. Most notably Heavy Repercussions Icon Heavy Repercussions has received a small nerf.
  • Revenge Icon Revenge has been changed significantly, now costing Rage to use (instead of generating it).
  • The remaining cooldown of Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam now has a 30% chance to be reset not just by Devastate Icon Devastate, but also by Revenge Icon Revenge, Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap, and your auto attacks (the last case only if using the new Devastator Icon Devastator talent.

4. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

5. ChangeLog

  • 19 Feb. 2017 (spells page): Updated Intercept description to more accurately describe how the spell works.
  • 19 Feb. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the single target rotation slightly.
  • 19 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Updated Warbringer description to further clarify things, and made a slight edit to the tier 5 talent discussion.
  • 19 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Removed outdated BiS list.
  • 19 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the single target rotation, Intercept description, and vastly improved the Devastator playstyle section.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Further updated the text for Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles to more clearly explain their viability.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated Warbringer description to account for correct Patch 7.1.5 change (following a patch note confusion).
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated text for Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 19 set bonuses and updated assessments of Legendaries.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5 (including removing Ultimatum and adding new talent), and changed the discussion for most of the tiers.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated the stat priority slightly.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Updated the spell descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the talent suggestions, stat priority, and rotation to account for Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the page to account for the many changes brought about by Patch 7.1.5, and added a significant section on Devastator usage.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated the relic recommendations slightly.
  • 12 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention that Ignore Pain does not count as active mitigation where boss abilities that check for this are concerned.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (enchants page): Fixed flask recommendations to correctly reflect which flask should be used for which situation.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Inspiring Presence is now only applied to party and raid members.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated the BiS recommendations, and added a mention of Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles in the legendary section.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Battle Cry rotation slightly.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for the new stat priority.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Made updates and improvements to tier 2, 3, 5, and 6 talent discussions.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the amount of Rage generated by Shield Slam.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (spells page): Updated the amount of Rage generated by Shield Slam.
  • 29 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Fixed a small typo.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Renamed the "smoother damage intake" recommendations to "higher Shield Block uptime", to account for recent hotfixes.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Tweaked stat priority following recent hotfixes.
  • 27 Sep. 2016 (addons page): Removed a redundant startattack macro (which is not required anymore since attacks start automatically).
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (spells page): Updated the amount of Rage generated by Shield Slam and Intercept to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated the Vengeance Rage cost reduction to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Vengeance Rage reduction percentages and the amount of Rage generated by Shield Slam and Intercept.
  • 23 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added Best in Slot recommendations.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added separate recommendations for total damage reduction and a smoother damage intake, and also tweaked some of the other recommendations.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated the Vengeance discussion, and also made a small tweak to the tier 3 talent discussion.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated the text for The Walls Fell slightly, and moved it up on the page.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Added separate stat priorities for smoother damage intake and total damage reduction.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the single and multiple target rotations.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (spells page): Added mention that Revenge and Devastate apply Deep Wounds.
  • 10 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to account for change in stat priority (now recommending Versatility).
  • 10 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority (Versatility now best secondary stat).
  • 06 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Removed a mention of using Tier 18 Set Bonuses.
  • 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 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added an explanation of the Ignore Pain cap.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Removed a mention that Warbringer only works if Intercept is used against an enemy, and updated the talent discussion accordingly.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Removed an outdated mention of Shield Barrier, and removed an incorrect mention that Ignore Pain stacks up to a maximum based on your health.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Changed our opinion of Ultimatum to say that it is a good choice against a single target when used together with Vengeance and Heavy Repercussions.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Removed a mention of the need for a Heroic Leap macro, which is no longer necessary.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Removed Heroic Leap macro since it is no longer necessary (pathing issues no longer cause the targeting circle to disappear).
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Revamped tier 5 talent discussion.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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