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Protection Warrior Tank Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 10, 2018 at 06:06 by Marok 29 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Protection Warrior tank guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Protection Warrior in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Marok, a Protection Warrior theorycrafter, owner of the Skyhold Warrior Discord, and owner of skyhold.gg, a Warrior community website. He raids in Potent on Mal'Ganis-US. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

Protection Warriors excel in fights with high amounts of physical damage, or where mobility is needed. Much of the damage they take is mitigated through blocking, making their damage intake smooth and predictable. Additionally, they provide a healthy amount of utility, whether it be crowd control or raid buffs. They are a formidable tank all around, making them a worthy choice in both raids and dungeons.

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. Patch 8.0 Changes for Protection Warriors

Many talents have been removed or have had their place changed in the talent tree. See the talents page.

2.1. Mechanical Changes

  • Tank threat generation has been significantly reduced. In Legion, tanks received a +900% bonus to threat generation, which is now +350% in Battle for Azeroth.
  • Some abilities that were not on the global cooldown in Legion now are: Intercept Icon Intercept, Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain, Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout, and Avatar Icon Avatar.
  • Rage from Damage Taken (often referred to as RFDT) has been removed. In its place, Rage is gained when the player gets meleed, and Rage is gained when the player melees.
  • The damage reduction from blocking is no longer a flat 30% (or 60% for a critical block). It is now based on the Block stat.

Further details on Rage generation and Block are provided in the rotation page.

2.2. Ability Changes

  • Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout is now on a 45-second cooldown, down from 90 seconds.
  • Shield Block Icon Shield Block's recharge time is now 18 seconds, up from 13 seconds. It costs 30 Rage, up from 15 Rage. It still has 2 charges despite what the tooltip says.
  • Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain
    • The Attack Power ratio has been significantly nerfed, and it now ignores 50% of damage instead of 90%.
    • It now has a flat Rage cost of 40.
    • Its cap is now 1.3 times the on-cast absorb amount, down from 3 times.
    • Its duration is now 12 seconds, down from 15 seconds.
  • Spell Reflection Icon Spell Reflection reduces magical damage by 20%, down from 50% (with Artifact).
  • Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap now reduces enemy movement speed by 20%, down from 50%.
  • Intercept Icon Intercept no longer reduces enemy movement speed.

2.2.1. Removed Abilities

  • Battle Cry has been replaced with Avatar Icon Avatar.

2.2.2. New Abilities

  • Avatar Icon Avatar is now Protection's baseline damage cooldown and it also generates 20 Rage. It causes you to deal 20% more damage for 20 seconds.
  • Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout increases the attack power of all your party/raid members by 10% for 60 minutes.
  • Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout causes a target enemy to cower in fear, and up to 5 additional enemies within 8 yards to flee.
  • Rallying Cry Icon Rallying Cry increases all your party/raid members' current and maximum health by 15%.
  • Shockwave Icon Shockwave is now baseline. The cooldown reduction when you hit 3+ targets has been moved to a talent. This ability stuns all enemies for 2 seconds within a frontal cone.
  • Vanguard Icon Vanguard is a passive ability that provides a 35% Stamina increase and causes Armor to be increased by 45% of your Strength.

3. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

4. ChangeLog

  • 10 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite gear recommendations.
  • 10 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated gear suggestions for Uldir.
  • 10 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Added tips for each boss.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Changed weapon enchant recommendation to Haste enchant.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority slightly.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (stats page): Added note about Armor. Expanded explanation on the stat priority.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added note about Haste weapon enchant.
  • 22 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket suggestions.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket suggestions. Added Shields section.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Adjusted formatting.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Expanded explanations for the stat priority and some stats.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added note to the item level section. Adjusted the rankings of a couple of traits.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Changed recommended PvP talents.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (this page): Added more detailed descriptions for the new abilities.
  • 14 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Page added (empty for now).
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (common mistakes page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Protection Warrior Azerite page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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