[Warrior 4.0.1] Raid Tanking Protection Build
Protection Warrior 3/2/31
This build is designed for a MT or OT in ICC. It maximizes threat against bosses and the overall utility of a warrior in a raid.
Single target threat is maximized with War Academy, Cruelty, Incite. Shield Slam is our main attack, to maximize this Shield Mastery is taken with Heavy Repercussions and Sword Board. Hold The Line further increases Parry's gained usefulness in 4.0 and Thunderstruck, Bastion of Defense, Toughness, Last Stand and Vigilance are a must.
Safeguard is a powerful and often overlooked talent. Intervene could be used on a Tank during boss fights(many fights in ICC require multiple tanks) when high damage is expected. 6 seconds of 30% damage mitigation is significant and used at the right time will help healers and can save a raid from a wipe. The green ooze's target when fighting Professor Putricide is a good example of where Safeguard is useful. It is also nice for saving DPS and healers from damage or death when clearing and dealing with multiple mobs during bosses or even trash.
Normal priority of abilities(Shield Slam > Revenge > Shockwave > Devastate + Heroic Strike > 60 Rage), keeping shield block up as much as possible for the +100% Shield Slam bonus. Keep your parry level within 1% above your dodge level, but not under if possible. 246 hit rating(+8% hit) and 208 expertise rating(26 expertise) is needed as well. If you need more hit/expertise and find yourself having threat issues, reforge parry/dodge. After you reach the hit/expertise cap, reforge extra hit/expertise into parry/dodge/mastery.