View Full Version : Warrior UA Spec Still Viable?

04-20-2010, 09:40 AM
I was considering picking up a UA spec for tanking heroics just to make things more interesting. I was thinking something along the lines of:

I heard this spec got nerfed recently (I'm not even sure about the details), but I was wondering if it is still a viable spec for heroics or even for tanking icc trash? If so, what sort of gear should I be wearing for this? Stick with my tanking gear an substitute in a dps mace and maybe some dps trinkets? Or do I need more dps gear to make this viable?

My armory:

04-20-2010, 11:17 AM
I was tanking heroics the other day in my PvP Arms spec (yes, I was a Bladestorming tank). I don't suggest doing this with pure PUGs though, make sure at least your healer is someone you know and they know you'll be tanking as Arms (or in your case, UA). Via that, I'd say that you could tank as a UA spec if you wanted to.
I find it rougher to hold threat as Arms than as Prot, but it is doable, though I still prefer Fury tanking if I go with a non-standard Prot tanking experience, to be honest. I do see the potential fun in being able to Revenge spam though, especially with improved for the increased damage and the cleave effect of it.

One thing I noticed, you speced into Mace Spec yet you're using a tanking sword, so I'd say go into the sword spec so you get the benefit of the weapon spec.

04-20-2010, 11:30 AM
Yeah I was planning on getting a mace if I went this spec. Do I need more dps gear to make this effective?

04-20-2010, 11:33 AM
On the toon I tanked as Arms, I was in my full tanking set because he lacks gear as is. However, when I tank on my main, I'm in almost full PvP gear (resilience for crit immunity). I'd suggest finding some friends and play around changing out gear and find a nice middle ground of survivability, threat, and damage output (since this is the main reason to go UA).

04-21-2010, 09:13 AM
i used to use a spec like this back when tanking maly. It gives you alot more dps and it generates insane tps. http://www.wowhead.com/talent#LAMfzf0zVbrM0MZZMItrx0zid:ob

Macro Revenge and Heroic Strike together, mocking blow to start off, shield block then spam your revenge/ hs macro and you should never lose threat.

But i would really only use it for tanking single target, with no shockwave, its pretty hard to keep threat on multiple targets with only thunder clap. And I havent used it in a while, but to me it seems like it would still be viable given you had good enough gear to give up some of the survivability a full prot spec would give you.