..........I am a newb for TANK.
I have read thru the many, very good guides throughout the game eras, 1. x.............
I have a nice DPS warrior that is liked in groups and raids; and used quite often.
I have taken a fancy to wanting to explore a TANK role.
I also do not fancy Shields so DW or, particularly, 2H 'r draw my attention.
I have played MMO's since my days in EQ1, but that was with the 'push auto attack ' and maybe move around .........I have seen in raids in Rift, what looks like loads of very different classes performing Tank roles, including Tanks, who seem to move around alot, without all that seeming control of the boss - whether that is all the mechanics built into the mob or not, Im not sure, nor saying anything about skillsets.
While low level, with caster mobs and range mobs I found they delay alot of their casting and archering if stepped into, but seldom if ever see this done on bosses.
There is much discussion on the threads and in guides about Block, Cinderhelm has a very good breakdown about it:
- Shields are the 'only' thing to block with , excluding what deflection does from rogues, or reflection from casters
- Shields must be equipped to use block, and have the +block applied - ?even though gear has +block, and in reality, Plate is its own blocking agent, so the Block on the gear should be applicable just from being worn, not just when a shield is used? - I know this game is not RL.
- Rogues can tank, but they don't use shields, they can gather stats for deflect, and there is gear out there with it. Does that deflect only work if worn by a Rogue?
My point is, with the statements above, my subject build has NO BLOCK abilities in it; I wanted to try things out that way.
Here it is : http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=1c....VzmthkkNbk.-6
I wonder if there could be a discussion from everyone, especially those who put so much time into their guided, and TANKS still remaining in game about this prospective build - I plan to take my time with it, walking thru dungeons, with whoever brave souls who wish to accompany me and see if it is worthwhile.