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[6.0.3] Quick Gladiator Guide - I can still Heroic Strike!

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o.o Well then, I guess have fun with it before it gets nerfed.

Yeah, I used a few in Auchindoun CM's yesterday and saw that it increased my weapon damage more than my 200Str flask.. So I used that instead. Didn't check the actual Bonus Armor stat, but like Estarriol said, I believe it give +BA. So, very good for Glad right now. Maybe even good for Tanks in general. Will likely get nerfed. >.<

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I was using mantid elixers in the 6.0 prepatch for the couple of raids I did. They're certainly nice if you can have enough on hand.

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Just an afterthought: Due to the fact that Strength is barely better than BA, the 250 Str flask is better than the mantid elixir on its own. However, if you add a crit elixir to it, the BA/Crit becomes *slightly* better than the Str. Keep in mind you need to re-drink both elixirs every time you die if you decide to go for it, but if they're cheap on your server, I would definitely run x2 elixirs until Blizzard fixes it.

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Ok I've been pondering this for a few days.  I am gonna be my guilds OT. I will only be tanking raids for the guild and guild groups of somesort. I really love Glad stance.

 

So it seems to me that i should go full prot with one spec, and glad with my other.  I will be dpsing as glad no matter what.  I was always trying out tanking with max dps stats in previous xpacs.  So glad is right up my alley.  I've been reading all the guides to it and am doing decent dps.  My gear is the hang up right now. 

 

Just let me know what you all think.  Prot/Glad, or Prot/arms/fury?

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You don't need to set aside a spec specifically for Gladiator. Going from Gladiator->Prot and vice versa is only a talent change or two and some glyphs, possibly. Since Arms/Fury are entirely seperate specs, I'd say to have one of those as your offspec in your talent tree and thereby you'll effectively have three specs to choose from at any point in time.

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What Estarriol said. I'm currently running Glad as my main spec / Fury offspec, and whenever I need to tank I simply change 3 talents and jump in defensive stance.

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Do you have any recommendations for BiS glad trinkets from highmaul? I believe the Evergaze Arcane Eidolon grants bonus armor, even though the tooltip states just armor. 

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Yeah, Evergaze is insane. Other than that I believe the DPS trinket from Tectus is our 2nd best, but I could be wrong.

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Updated to include December 8th hotfixes. Fury is now a better choice in most situation, especially as gear level increases.

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Little update to what I just said above: Until ~Heroic Highmaul gear level, Fury is more or less equivalent to Glad in single target. The difference starts to really show at that point.

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It's good that Gladiator will always be there as an option for prot-geared warriors, but holy **** this spec is a chore to play. Unyielding strikes really needs to change. ~170 heroic strikes cast per 4 minute fight is insane. I have a friend that complains that his fingers literally hurt during the raid from all this HS spam.

 

Heroic spam constantly requires attention and doesn't let me focus on the fight or simply enjoy the feeling that I'm playing a badass warrior with a sword and shield. 

 

This can't possibly be intended. 

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It's good that Gladiator will always be there as an option for prot-geared warriors, but holy **** this spec is a chore to play. Unyielding strikes really needs to change. ~170 heroic strikes cast per 4 minute fight is insane. I have a friend that complains that his fingers literally hurt during the raid from all this HS spam.

 

Heroic spam constantly requires attention and doesn't let me focus on the fight or simply enjoy the feeling that I'm playing a badass warrior with a sword and shield. 

 

This can't possibly be intended. 

 

 

 

You didn't play in the BC or WoTLK did you? In Wrath all you did was spam heroic strike while fury or prot. I remember having heroic strike as the highest dmg dealer in many fights.

Edited by Khalizon

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You didn't play in the BC or WoTLK did you? In Wrath all you did was spam heroic strike while fury or prot. I remember having heroic strike as the highest dmg dealer in many fights.

Nope, I'm a child of cataclysm. 

Still, just because it was a thing before, doesn't mean it's good, or it should be a thing now. 

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Great Guide, cheers!

I have a doubt though. You say you just change spec and talents when shifting to Glad right? As Prot warriors we enchant and gear for mastery, but as Glad, Mastery is the least viable option. Is that alright?

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It won't be ideal by any means, and havaing 2 gear sets would be better, but switching between Prot & Glad can still be done easier than switching from Prot to Fury, for instance.

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Great Guide, cheers!

I have a doubt though. You say you just change spec and talents when shifting to Glad right? As Prot warriors we enchant and gear for mastery, but as Glad, Mastery is the least viable option. Is that alright?

 

Crit would be better for prot as well.

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Did Blizzard announce any changes to Gladiator to reduce the need for Heroic Strike spam with and without Unyielding Strikes?
The idea for the Glad stance is cool, but it is a chore to play. 

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Did Blizzard announce any changes to Gladiator to reduce the need for Heroic Strike spam with and without Unyielding Strikes?

The idea for the Glad stance is cool, but it is a chore to play. 

just bind heroic strike to mouse wheel up or down and profit

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just bind heroic strike to mouse wheel up or down and profit

That's what I did, actually, but it's still annoying. It's a bad mechanic, period.  

Maybe Heroic Strike should be a toggle or something, lol. 

Edited by Iridar

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Nah, it just takes time to get used to (And you being able to do some math on the fly). It's taxating on the fingers, so I kinda have to take a minute or two warming them up because otherwise I end up just missing key strokes b/c of not pressing hard enough of them.

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