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    New to blacksmithing/tanking

    I stopped playing a 70 rogue that has the 2nd rank smithed sword.
    Started playing a warrior for our VERY little guild (we're talking a group atm at 70 with a handful of other friends leveling sloooowly) with like 60% of the damn guild being hunters that are lvling. 2 priests, me and a lock are all that aren't hunters ...
    Our options are limited in terms of farming heroics (once we get key'd) and we love to do stuff together.
    I guess my question is what should I take for a specialization ..
    I don't want to do sword again and I already have Grom'tor's.
    With the changes that are coming to Devastate would the 1h mace be a viable tanking weapon for group instances due Devastate being used more initially?
    I ask, as I also like to PvP and as mace spec I can go fury or arms if I get them both up ... OR should I go armorsmith .. I'm not sure how viable it is as a tanking BP. Obviously it will be a nice dps one, but it will be a while to progress for us. I have friends in another guild that will hook up a kara run every once in a while but that's really it. I'm still kind of learning this as I go. I pretty much leveled the hell out of him and got him to 70 before I got past 250 mining and smithing like a rube. So it won't cost me a arm and leg to change spec/prof.
    Also as an alternative..
    Drop smithing for the engineering/dps goggles?
    Farm enough mats to get smithing AND engineering up then drop mining?
    My head is spinning please help!

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    Why not use your rogue to mine for you and then level blacksmithing and engineering?

    Personally I would not specialise as an armorsmith as the weapons are too good to ignore.

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    The Fireguard Sword line is really the only good tanking option from Crafted Weapons. Felsteel Longsword is a viable tanking weapon but you have to get it to drop for ya or want to spend a metric crap ton to get the recipe

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    Sounds to me like you'll be a casual tank at best and will spend more time PvPing (correct me if I'm wrong). If this is the case I would go mace. If you plan to do any serious tanking and want to have a kick ass weapon that will last you a long time, go sword again.

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    Why not use your rogue to mine for you and then level blacksmithing and engineering?

    Rogue is ally on a diff server, warrior is horde.
    Not tooo interested in the sword as I have a perfectly viable casual tank weapon from Grom'tor's charge till I can be pushed through kara by other friends.
    Yeah I'll mostly be a casual tank for normal instances and some heroic's. Aside from those I'll be doing pvp and arena's.
    Given that, would armor or mace spec (the only two that I'm undecisive about) do better long haul, provided I get the nethers fast for them?
    I understand normally while tanking that a fast good dps weap is good for tanking for HS and fast agro gain ... BUT from what I understand from the recent posts about the new devestate being a BEAUTIFUL new initial opener and rage generator if using that slow 1h mace would be a passable tank weapon seeing that after SS and maxing the new devastate will pretty much be when the instance mobs will be dead .. and having a slow hard hitter would help with the devastates seeing as it's on the global anyway.

    Basically just wondering if I DO go maces should I just bag the 1h hammer unless i'm dpsing or pvping .. or if it's more viable on instance trash than .. say .. Gromtor's Charge.

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    http://www.tankspot.com/forums/gener...html#post50528

    I just linked this issue already covered in a different thread.
    I'll just add there's a *reason* why all tank-specific weapons WoW has to offer are *fast* speed weapons (with the exception of the 1handed lvl 60 mace that drops off of Razorgore - name escapes me for the moment).
    http://www.tankspot.com/signatures/u...wolf/image.jpg
    Don't bash the stats - I'm fury now - still doesn't change the fact I tank from time-to-time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jword View Post
    http://www.tankspot.com/forums/gener...html#post50528

    I just linked this issue already covered in a different thread.
    I'll just add there's a *reason* why all tank-specific weapons WoW has to offer are *fast* speed weapons (with the exception of the 1handed lvl 60 mace that drops off of Razorgore - name escapes me for the moment).
    [item]spineshatter[/item]

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    A slow one-hander won't work too well for tanking. You will likely lose more by having Heroic Strikes coming less frequently (1.8 is probably as slow as you want) than you gain by having Devestates hit harder. A slow one-hander is awesome for low-rage situations (like taking Hurtfuls on Gruul, or building aggro on Void Reaver after knockbacks), but in any main-tanking situation, you will see more mileage from a fast weapon.

    If you want a better tanking weapon than Grom'tor's, grab a Sun Eater or hold out for a King's Defender. If your guild is small and will progress slowly, a blue tanking weapon will not hold you back.

    As for engineering versus smithing? I hate to say it, but both. If you have a farming alt, mine with them. Myself, I just respec a few days here and there and grind primals for cash, and buy the mats when they are reasonably priced. Or I buy the mats at a reduced rate from guildmates that have the gathering skill in question, or do favors for them in return. Engineering and Blacksmithing both have enough upsides that I'd prefer not to lose either one, now that I've had them both.

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