View Full Version : Q: Does Shield Mastery increase Shield Slam damage?

07-31-2007, 07:21 AM
Playing around with possible tanking builds which include impale and wondering about the necessity of 3/3 shield mastery. Does this talent increase block value, and hence shield slam damage, or does it simply function as the tool tip states and reduce incoming damage?

07-31-2007, 07:22 AM
Increases Shield Block Value directly, which increases Block Value's portion of Shield Slam Damage.

Simply, yes. It's a sin not to take it if you pick up Shield Slam. :)

07-31-2007, 07:26 AM
That's what I was afraid of :) Certainly makes impale builds a little more restricted.

This is about the best I can come up with as I am loath to give up any points in vitality:

WorldofWarcraft.com -> Info -> Classes -> Warrior -> Talent Calculator (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/classes/warrior/talents.html?3500030130200000000000001000000000000 00000000055511032002103501351)

07-31-2007, 07:29 AM
If you were willing to give up some points in Vitality, you could pick up:
WorldofWarcraft.com -> Info -> Classes -> Warrior -> Talent Calculator (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/classes/warrior/talents.html?3501032130201000000000005000000000000 00000000055511032002103501100)

Which is pretty much the most AOE threat a Warrior will ever get. (Mind the 1 point in Imp Charge)

07-31-2007, 07:46 AM
Interesting. I'm currently MT for my guild so I think in my case the vitality has more value then the multi target threat generation.

As to the impale builds, I need to sit down tonight and crunch some numbers as to the relative value of impale vs cruelty. My gut feeling is that 2/2 impale will have a slight edge of cruelty in terms of threat generation, with that edge increasing as the frequency of heroic strikes increases, but I want to actually go through the numbers so I can weigh that edge versus the extra points in protection.

07-31-2007, 08:48 AM
Just my 2 cents.

1) Bleed effects are bad for MT's.

2) Impale scales with crit. Most MT's don't have more than 15%, even after buffs.

3) Imp. Def stance is invaluable for MT's. 6% more HP vs Hydross in already gimp gear is a huge plus.