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We live and die by shielding...Why the 4% Def. talent instead of 4% Shield??

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We live and die by shielding...Why the 4% Def. talent instead of 4% Shield??

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GreenLantern
04.12.2013 , 12:50 AM | #1
The defensive capability of Vanguard tanking in 2.0 depends on one simple mechanic. Maximizing the up-time of Energy Blast by lowering its cooldown as much as possible. How do we do this? Simple! Through our abilities, we stockstrike, HIB, and hammer shot for Ion Cell procs. How do we do this through our gear. SHIELDING! This tank lives and breathes by shielding. CAN ANYBODY EXPLAIN TO ME WHY A 4% DEFENSE TALENT IS 26 POINTS DEEP IN THIS TREE?? I just don't get it. Bring it back to the Shield % increase. I'm on my knees begging for it.
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Zalekanzer
04.12.2013 , 01:39 AM | #2
I agree completely. However, my best guess is that Bioware figured VGs would stack shield and absorb to high heaven while shunning defense entirely, so they forced a bit of defense on us to make up for all that sweet sweet shield stat we'll be swimming in.
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Justcae
04.15.2013 , 04:41 AM | #3
4% Defense > 4% Shield.

Especially with how crippled shield and absorb are currently. But regardless 4% of avoidance @ 100% > 4% of avoidance @ whatever your absorb would be at.

Furthermore, with the way stat curves are at 55, you're going to be putting far more into defense than you were @ 50.

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thecoffeeguy
04.16.2013 , 10:56 AM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Justcae View Post
4% Defense > 4% Shield.

Especially with how crippled shield and absorb are currently. But regardless 4% of avoidance @ 100% > 4% of avoidance @ whatever your absorb would be at.

Furthermore, with the way stat curves are at 55, you're going to be putting far more into defense than you were @ 50.
I thought shield rating/absorb were improved in 2.0?

I am confused.

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Justcae
04.16.2013 , 08:52 PM | #5
They are currently quite horrible. If they were more horrible before I do not know as I didn't PTS.

But in full 69 gear, I'm looking at 20% Def/40% Shield/35%Absorb.

So much more into defense because it gives a vastly superior return.

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Vidfinnx
04.16.2013 , 10:14 PM | #6
Even in pvp? They did just buff shielding to absorb more attack types. And certain attacks are unavoidable

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Haydon
04.17.2013 , 12:35 AM | #7
"Shield Specialist" seems more like a joke to me now. It feels like they are pushing for all tanks to have the exact same end-game defensive stats.

I'd like my +50% Shield, +55% Absorb and less than 12% defense back. I liked that being a "Shield Specialist" meant exactly that.

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remohunta
04.21.2013 , 10:59 AM | #8
IM right now at 13% defense 37% shield 37% absorb. I think its gonna be far fetched to reach 50% shield and 55% absorb.