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    Q: Does Shield Mastery increase Shield Slam damage?

    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?

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    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.

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    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

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    If you were willing to give up some points in Vitality, you could pick up:
    WorldofWarcraft.com -> Info -> Classes -> Warrior -> Talent Calculator

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

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    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.

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    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.

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