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Protection Warrior Tank Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jun 20, 2018 at 13:46 by Vlad 212 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our Protection Warrior tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. 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, who has been a long-time leading tank who has competed for world first kills for 5 years. He is one of the casters for both last year's and this year's upcoming Mythic Dungeon invitational. 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 7.3 Changes for Protection Warriors

  • No notable Patch 7.3 changes.

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes for Protection Warriors

4. Patch 7.2 Changes for Protection Warriors

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 11 pages:

6. ChangeLog

  • 20 Jun. 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Updated explanation for Block. Added Intercept to the Ability Changes list. Reworked explanation for the Level 100 talents.
  • 02 Jun. 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Minor formatting and typo fixes. Reworded a few sentences in the talents section.
  • 01 Jun. 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Page added.
  • 22 May 2018 (easy mode page): Updated a few talent choice recommendations.
  • 22 May 2018 (talents page): Updated some talent checkmarks to better reflect our evaluation of the talents.
  • 03 Dec. 2017 (enchants page): Replaced Ancient Healing Potion with Astral Healing Potion.
  • 29 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Updated Set Bonus recommendations, trinket discussion, and legendary rankings.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (artifact page): Made a small tweak to the relic priority.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Protection Warrior.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Made a small update to the discussions for Leviathan's Hunger and Soul of the Battlelord.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.3 changes (of which there were none).
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the description of Spell Reflection slightly.
  • 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 (artifact page): Updated relic priority.
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (addons page): Removed an irrelevant Blessing of Protection / Salvation macro.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated consumables section.
  • 19 Aug. 2017 (spells page): Updated the text for Spell Reflection, Revenge, and Intercept.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated trinket and legendary item recommendations and added Tier 20 Set Bonus recommendations.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 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 (artifact page): Updated Patch 7.2 artifact path slightly.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated Spell Reflection description to account for Patch 7.2.5 change.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the Devastator section.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to reflect changes made elsewhere in the guide.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Removed mention of Haste breakpoint.
  • 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 (enchants page): Added Mark of the Hidden Satyr as a neck enchant for damage output.
  • 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.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 talent sections.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (easy mode page): Made a small tweak to the rotation.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary and trinket rankings.
  • 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.
  • 19 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the single target rotation, Intercept description, and vastly improved the Devastator playstyle section.
  • 19 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Removed outdated BiS list.
  • 19 Feb. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the single target rotation slightly.
  • 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 (spells page): Updated the spell descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated the stat priority slightly.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Updated the talent suggestions, stat priority, and rotation to account for Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated the Relic recommendations 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.
  • 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 (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 (gear page): Updated the BiS recommendations, and added a mention of Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles in the legendary section.
  • 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 (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 (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 (gear page): Updated the text for The Walls Fell slightly, and moved it up on the page.
  • 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 (spells page): Added mention that Revenge and Devastate apply Deep Wounds.
  • 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.
  • 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 (rotation 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 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents 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.
  • 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 (rotation page): Removed a mention of the need for a Heroic Leap macro, which is no longer necessary.
  • 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 (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 (talents 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 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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