For Warriors - Bladeward - not as sucky in Cata as WotLK?
Okay - now here's the deal - in WotLK - I know for Warriors bladeward was meh. Not arguing or contesting that - I'm just thinking with the paradigm shift in Cata... Maybe high uptime/low proc is a good thing...
So here's why:
High uptime/low proc means parry takes up a slightly larger chunk of the combat table, pushing block even closer to being capped.
That's it. I'm not looking at bladeward procs as being valuable. Only it's uptime, and only because it takes up more real estate on the combat table.
In a recent bladeward search, I saw a couple of Cata threads repeating the WotLK paradigm - procs=good. And I'm wondering if that's no longer true given reaching block-capped (unhittable) is the goal (even if unobtainable).
Now, those very same threads also painted a very... dreary picture of bladeward. 20% uptime and 2 stacks (which would be less than 2% parry, 20% of the time, for an average of what, <.4% parry?)
I think that may be the final conclusion - that due to it's lackluster proc rate above level 80, it simply isn't up enough and warriors are already into the parry DR enough, that ultimately bladeward is a relic of the past - but given this slightly different way of looking at it - that it's the uptime, not the proc, that's valuable - I thought it would be worth discussing one more time.