Why Damage our Shields?

So, here we have it – another patch (3.3 on the way, the long awaited Icecrown Citadel), another nerf to protection warriors. This time, the nerf isn’t so bad but it is still frustrating for quite a specific reason. Anyway, more on that in a second or three – first up, here’s the nerf in all its glory:

Damage Shield: This ability will no longer trigger any chance-on-hit effects from the warrior or the opponent it damages.

So what?

Well, I’ll tell you the “so what”.

This particular nerf will effect the application of Deep Wounds whilst tanking multiple mobs (will barely matter on a boss, as your attacks will do the job for you). Basically, you can no longer proc Deep Wounds from a Critical Block, which means warriors will lose an amount of passive threat while tanking several mobs. This particular change actually hits warriors in the one place where they are particularly weak, and that’s threat building on several mobs.

Good going.

Now, I’m not going to get into a debate about how our AoE tanking is “fine” and a far site better than it ever was. That’s true. Nor am I claiming that this will suddenly make our AoE threat unsustainably low when in an off-tanking/trash role. It’s not. My complaint is that, quite simply, there is absolutely no reason for this nerf to be applied, especially when warriors are the weakest of the four tanks in AoE threat building as things already are. Invariably, something is nerfed because it’s either unbalanced and/or overpowered, or it’s messing with other internal game mechanics in some way. Clearly warriors are not overpowered regarding AoE abilities, and I can’t see where the nuts and bolts are straining at the seams when working out the application of Deep Wounds on a critical strike of any source.

Now, of course, I understand we’re only into the first few builds. A heck of a lot is going to change. Perhaps warriors are going to get a buff in some other area and it simply hasn’t been announced yet. But I still find this nerf utterly baffling, purely from a “why bother?” standpoint.

Fingers crossed, I suppose.

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