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Protection Warrior Tank Guide (Legion 7.2.5)

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General Information

Welcome to our Protection Warrior tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. 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 Prime. 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. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

3. Patch 7.2 Changes

4. Contents

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

5. ChangeLog

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  • 19 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Made various updates to the page (rotation remains unchanged).
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Made a small clarification regarding the lack of a Haste breakpoint.
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority.
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated all talent sections.
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket, set bonus, and legendary item recommendations.
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Updated consumables section.
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (spells page): Updated the text for Spell Reflection, Revenge, and Intercept.
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (addons page): Removed an irrelevant Blessing of Protection / Salvation macro.
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the description of Spell Reflection slightly.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the Devastator section.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated Spell Reflection description to account for Patch 7.2.5 change.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Removed Haste breakpoint (as the actual breakpoint is so high that you will not realistically reach it).
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Removed mention of Haste breakpoint.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Patch 7.2 artifact path slightly.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket and legendary item recommendations and added Tier 20 Set Bonus recommendations.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated Indomitable description to account for Patch 7.2.5 changes and updated the discussions of 4, 5, and 7 talents.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to reflect changes made elsewhere in the guide.
  • 25 May 2017 (talents page): Changed Into the Fray and Ravager to situational talents instead of recommended.
  • 23 May 2017 (enchants page): Added a mention of switching to Arms or Fury before eating in order to receive the Strength buff.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (gear page): Updated Chain of Valor description to no longer incorrectly refer to Paladins.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (easy mode page): Made a small tweak to the rotation.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary and trinket rankings.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Mark of the Hidden Satyr as a neck enchant for damage output.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 talent sections.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): Slightly updated the stat priority.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Made a few small improvements to the single and multiple target descriptions.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Removed outdated BiS list.
  • 19 Feb. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the single target rotation slightly.
  • 19 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the single target rotation, Intercept description, and vastly improved the Devastator playstyle section.
  • 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 (spells page): Updated Intercept description to more accurately describe how the spell works.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Further updated the text for Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles to more clearly explain their viability.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated text for Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated Warbringer description to account for correct Patch 7.1.5 change (following a patch note confusion).
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 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 (gear page): Added Tier 19 set bonuses and updated assessments of Legendaries.
  • 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.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 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 (spells page): Updated the spell descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for the new stat priority.
  • 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.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Made updates and improvements to tier 2, 3, 5, and 6 talent discussions.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority.
  • 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 (stats page): Tweaked stat priority following recent hotfixes.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Renamed the "smoother damage intake" recommendations to "higher Shield Block uptime", to account for 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 (talents page): Updated the Vengeance Rage cost reduction to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (spells page): Updated the amount of Rage generated by Shield Slam and Intercept to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 23 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added Best in Slot recommendations.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the single and multiple target rotations.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated the Vengeance discussion, and also made a small tweak to the tier 3 talent discussion.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Added separate stat priorities for smoother damage intake and total damage reduction.
  • 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 (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.
  • 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 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation 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.
  • 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 (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.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Removed a mention of the need for a Heroic Leap macro, which is no longer necessary.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Revamped tier 5 talent discussion.
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