The Care and Feeding of Warriors: A Cataclysm postmortem, part 1

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Every week, WoW Insider brings you The Care and Feeding of Warriors, the column dedicated to arms, fury and protection warriors. Despite repeated blows to the head from dragons, demons, Old Gods and whatever that thing over there was, Matthew Rossi will be your host.

Here we are, at the end of the expansion. Deathwing is dead, Azeroth is saved, and we’re all waiting for Pandaria in our own ways. One of the ways I wait for the next expansion is to look back over the expansion we just had. I’m funny that way.

It’s been an expansion full of ups and downs for warriors. As tanks, we’ve suffered a bit in comparison to, well, everyone else. As DPSers, we’ve seen SMF fury, TG fury and arms all rule at one time or another. Both fury specs were nerfed in their turn, while arms saw some buffs that left it near the top of the DPS charts in Dragon Soul.

By the end of the expansion, prot remains what it often has been since the beginning of Wrath, a solid second place in just about every role in tanking. Threat changes, a mastery that works best on physical damage in raids where magical damage was the primary concern, and a few gimmick fights that rewarded specific warrior talents have made tanking on a warrior a roller coaster. For every heroic Magmaw that rewarded warrior mobility and talents like Impending Victory, there’s a Chimaeron where blocks don’t really balance out the vast amount of damage. For every heroic Nefarian with kiting galore, there’s a Cho’gall or Sinestra.

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