The question, short and simple: For lvl 52, can someone recommend a talent spec as a protection warrior?
The unneccessary background: I am a newcomer to WoW, having joined in mid-Feb. Three RL friends (holy priest, combat rogue, feral combat druid) pulled me in, and I've spent the last 3 months grinding to catch up to their level. Here I be:
Running dps was a great learning experience, and in hindsight I realize I should have respecced to get my 40 pt Fury talent many levels ago. But now that I'm within (battle)shouting distance, I'd instead like to respecc to a protection build. Better sooner than later, so that I don't make a complete idiot of myself at higher levels (I'm already doing a fine job of that now, thanks).
As I can now group quest with my 3 mates, grinding as a prot warrior won't be as painful. Maintaining aggro will be a challenge while underlevelled as compared to my teammates, but I hope to achieve parity within the week.
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Although in the lower levels it really is possible to tank with most any spec if you know what abilities generate rage and you have a set of gear with a decent bit of armor and stam and a nice shield and one hander. Also as far as DPS specs go Imp Slam is almost invaluable if you are mixing arms/fury and using a 2hander.
Hope it helps and if I gave bad advice I am sure someone will correct. The first time I went prot was when I hit 60 in the pre-BC days and did'nt have to spread points so thin like you do now with the bigger talent trees.
But, it does bring Devastate into the rotation. As for Imp Def Stance vs Shield Mastery, happily this will be a moot issue soon enough: I'm close to 53 as it is, and we're running ST tomorrow. After handing in the quests and completing a few lower levels sitting in my log, I'll be at lvl 55/56 and will direct additional talent points thusly.
Thanks Tattman2an I wasn't looking closely and grabbed Imp Def Stance instead of Shield Mastery. But if you swap that I would still say if you have friends to quest with, especially including a healer, then that setup will allow to have a solid tanking rotation (standard 2,3,4,4) and you can dps using "fury gear" and DW dev spam.