Thread: Tanking
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11.29.2012 , 05:44 PM | #5
Generally speaking, so long as you're in a tanking stance, you're capable of tanking. This is true of all the tanking classes. The trick is how WELL you're tanking. The short answer is, if you're not in a tanking spec, with tanking talents and tanking gear, you're gonna have a bad day.

The long answer is much more than the sum of it's parts, but suffice it to say that there's somewhat of a break even point. By that I mean, without tanking gear, you can rely on talents and do alright. With tanking gear, you can start shifting talents around to become more dps oriented. Several hybrid specs rely on this and do well in almost every situation (vanguard hybrids being extremely popular for this). All that said, you're going to need gear and talents for heroic modes and operations no matter what. Neither situation can afford to have a squishy tank (or any other class that can't pull it's own weight, for that matter). Early flashpoints are relatively forgiving and there's not much in the way of tanking gear until roughly 25 to 30 unless you're crafting it specifically or scouring the GTN for other player crafted items.