Warning It appears that you may be blocking the ads, and we are fine with it (read more here). That said, it would really be awesome if you decided to whitelist our website or make a donation :) You can also send us Bitcoins (1DEkropiHPWBmfJxogFaXQscfzhmdpTti4)!

Protection Warrior Tank Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 02, 2016 at 09:32 by Vlad 155 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our Protection Warrior tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. 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. Significant Legion Changes

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 10 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  • Shield Barrier has been replaced by Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain, an ability that works similarly (reduces 90% of a fixed amount of incoming damage).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. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

4. ChangeLog

  • 02 Nov. 2016 (enchants page): Fixed flask recommendations to correctly reflect which flask should be used for which situation.
  • 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.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Inspiring Presence is now only applied to party and raid members.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for the new stat priority.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Made updates and improvements to tier 2, 3, 5, and 6 talent discussions.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Battle Cry rotation slightly.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated the BiS recommendations, and added a mention of Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles in the legendary section.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (spells page): Updated the amount of Rage generated by Shield Slam.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (rotation 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 (rotation page): Updated the Vengeance Rage reduction percentages and the amount of Rage generated by Shield Slam and Intercept.
  • 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.
  • 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 (stats page): Added separate stat priorities for smoother damage intake and total damage reduction.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (spells page): Added mention that Revenge and Devastate apply Deep Wounds.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated the text for The Walls Fell slightly, and moved it up on the page.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated the Vengeance discussion, and also made a small tweak to the tier 3 talent discussion.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the single and multiple target rotations.
  • 10 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority (Versatility now best secondary stat).
  • 10 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to account for change in stat priority (now recommending Versatility).
  • 06 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Removed a mention of using Tier 18 Set Bonuses.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added an explanation of the Ignore Pain cap.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Revamped tier 5 talent discussion.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
Force desktop version
Force mobile version