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    Surprised alchemy is rarely mentioned in these threads (there is one mention above)

    With only the Stone blood flask taken into account thats +65 stamina from mixology. (normally its 1300 health, with mixology it is 1950)

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    There are more valid answers than invalid ones to this question.

    Truth is, it's pretty hard to get a bad set of professions on a tank unless you take a combination of tailoring, herbalism, or skinning. Literally, anything other combination of mining, bs, jc, engy, alchemy, leatherworking, or enchanting will do just fine.

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    iirc the most effective ones (based on benefits you can ONLY get by having that profession) are JC, followed by BS, then the rest following pretty far behind.

    That said the combo of JC/BS would be awesome provided you have a mining toon to supply you (and preferably an xmute specialist to help you with epic gems). But really going for professions for bonuses alone is a silly min/maxing thing. Do whatever you like.

    I just wish they'd make specialty smithing trees mean something again.

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    Well, I don't know if I'd say that JC/BS are far and away ahead of other professions anymore.

    JCing was when Dragon's Eyes were prismatic, but that's not the case anymore. You could make a case for versatility, but from a tanking standpoint you're *probably* just going to put stamina in those extra sockets and use stamina Dragon's Eyes anyway, which leaves most of the professions pretty equal.

    In fact, you could make an argument for Alchemy/Leatherworking being slightly superior due to the bonus resistances you can get for the rare fight or two that demand it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tackytucks View Post
    Surprised alchemy is rarely mentioned in these threads (there is one mention above)

    With only the Stone blood flask taken into account thats +65 stamina from mixology. (normally its 1300 health, with mixology it is 1950)
    Pure health isn't affected by the stam modifiers all tanks have.

    And people are ignoring engineering too much. I rarely use the bombs, but the EM pulse served me well in Ulduar. The armor is quite strong, and the rocket boots, while situational, are highly useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bovinity View Post
    In fact, you could make an argument for Alchemy/Leatherworking being slightly superior due to the bonus resistances you can get for the rare fight or two that demand it.
    Well the part I just bolded pretty much responds to that.

    The bonuses are more situational than those of JC or BS. There's no way two extra gem sockets (60 stam essentially) cannot be considered a major bonus. And if you have dragon's eyes, even with the bonuses reduced and not being prismatic, it's still a major increase. More probably than stoneblood with mixology, and definately more than the bracer/shoulder enchants from LW/Inscript respectively.

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    There's no way two extra gem sockets (60 stam essentially) cannot be considered a major bonus.
    Yeah, but pretty much every profession mentioned here provides roughly the same bonuses. The Leatherworking Fur Lining is +62 stamina over the enchant, for instance. So actually more stamina than the two gem slots.

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    Mining / Enchanting, gives a nice 120 stamina : )

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    JWC: 63 sta
    LW: 62 Sta or 60 resist if you ever need it. Also cheap leg enchant
    BS: 60 sta or another combo of stats, although most expensive of all
    Mining, Enchanting: straight 60 sta
    Engineer: +645 armor on gloves (compared to armor kit)
    Tailor, Herb, Skinning: No tank benefits

    The best combos are probably JWC/BS (3 prismatic sockets total), BS/LW (+92 sta on bracers total), Engi/BS (imba gloves) or Engi/JWC (in some cases best EH). Ofcourse taking Mining to feed your profession is a good choice if you don't have a farming alt
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    Quote Originally Posted by WarTotem View Post
    JWC: 63 sta
    LW: 62 Sta or 60 resist if you ever need it. Also cheap leg enchant
    BS: 60 sta or another combo of stats, although most expensive of all
    Mining, Enchanting: straight 60 sta
    Engineer: +645 armor on gloves (compared to armor kit)
    Tailor, Herb, Miner: No tank benefits

    The best combos are probably JWC/BS (3 prismatic sockets total), BS/LW (+92 sta on bracers total), Engi/BS (imba gloves) or Engi/JWC (in some cases best EH). Ofcourse taking Mining to feed your profession is a good choice if you don't have a farming alt
    Engineering also has the parachutes, which also give 1 more agi than the normal agi enchant to cloak.

    And parachutes are *awesome*.
    For aditional utility, LW can make the drums, bs can make the buckles(ok, both are more on the money side than fight side), engineering has
    a pair of bombs, and a belt enchant for another bomb, which stacks with the belt buckle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarTotem View Post
    Tailor, Herb, Miner: No tank benefits
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    I believe you meant skinning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaak View Post
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    I believe you meant skinning.
    Probably because I mentioned it before, but not skinning anywhere :P
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    Personally, I'm miner/eng. but that's only because I took up eng. in TBC and spent a ton of gold leveling it and obviously a ton more leveling it when I came back to the game 2 months ago. The enchants are decent, but the bottom line is I'd hate to drop it now only to see if significantly improved in another patch or cataclysm or whatever, so it is what it is. That being said, I probably would favor miner/JC as the top tanking combo if you don't have the miner alt. I place it a bit higher than BS because you're constantly replacing gear with more socket gear. Everything is always requiring resocketing. It's a $$ pit if you aren't your own JC. That combined with the stam gem increases to being your own JC and it seems like the best path to me. My 2 cents.

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    My post will be slightly off discussion of this thread but I have to preach my gosphel. JC/BS/ENCH/ENG are all terrific tanking/dps proffessions. However let me encourage you all to have alts that are 70+ with 450 proffesions. The ability to transmute and craft metas is wonderful. Being able to make your own glyphs in bulk rather than pay sometimes 50g each is important. Make your own pots, belt buckles, leg kits and many other useful items will save you a lot of gold in the long run. A rich tank is a good tank. Never cringing at a repair bill or the prices of zircons on the ah will help your mental health. I currently have 5 toons with 9 450 proffesions between them and I never have to worry about being prepared for raids.

    Now let me vouch for my favorite all time proffesion. Engineering. Blizzard has done a wonderful job of turning the rusted, black mechanical sheep of proffesions into a really useful and fun one. You can have rocket gloves for situational fights like rotface, armor to gloves, belt buckle bombs, rocket boots, slow fall cape, and many other gadgets to help you in combat. I have always felt that the tank was the consumate raid leader, if not in title then by action. What better way to lead than to be the guy with the repair bots and mail boxes. You are the gnomish army knife that keeps your raid working.

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