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Tanking The Old Republic - Ops


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Malissant
01.26.2012 , 11:20 AM | #1
Hey guys,

I just wanted to put up this post since I'm getting started on a new project. I know the game hasn't been around very long but as a Tank I seem to always have trouble finding (videos particularly) of people being tanks. To that end I've started my own project called SW-T-TOR (Star Wars: Tanking The Old Republic). You can find my blog here: http://swttor.blogspot.com ...

There is an operation specific area here: http://swttor.blogspot.com/p/operations.html
I've also started a World Boss listing with strats and videos here: http://swttor.blogspot.com/p/world-bosses.html
Hard Mode Flashpoint Section is here: http://www.tankingtor.com/p/flashpoints.html

This is going to be focused at those of you who play tank characters, but more specifically melee tanks since that's all I have to work with at this point. If there are any ranged tanks out there that want to help and contribute don't be shy, I'm definitely looking for more input.

The operations posts will include general strategies for the rest of you, but the tips and tricks area will be from my point of view and experience. I'll also be putting up general tanking guidelines and overviews with tricks on how to hold group threat and other cool stuff that us Tanks get to deal with on a daily basis.

I don't claim to be the ultimate authority of everything, everything I write is from my point of view and just what I have accomplished on my own by trying out things and getting the feel for what works and what doesn't.

We are 4/5 Nightmare EV and 5/5 NM Kragga's. I have a bunch of videos from our EV and KP runs just waiting to be put together, so that is my project for the next few days.

I'll continue to update this post with new topics covering everything as I get it up, so make sure you check back.

EDIT:

All KP And EV stuff is up. EC 3/4.

Started in on Datacrons and world bosses.
Hard Mode Flashpoints are mostly done (republic and shared)

Also been doing some more PvP focused stuff.

Tanking Specific Intervivew with Bioware Here:
http://www.tankingtor.com/2012/05/sw...view-with.html
Tanking The Old Republic - Tips, Tricks, Guides and Strats for PvP and PvE.
Moonstriker - JG Defense Spec'd (32/7/2) | Daddysmurf - Shadow Kinetic Spec'd (31/0/10)
Malvolio - Vanguard Shield Specialist (31/7/3)
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terk-was-here
01.26.2012 , 11:27 AM | #2
Ranged tanks are a myth. Troopers and BH's still do the dirty work up close.

Not to knock your work - just pointing it out as it will make your knowledge more applicable to those classes.
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Exertim
01.26.2012 , 11:32 AM | #3
Not entirely true. Vanguards/Powertechs can somewhat tank at ranged by cycling taunts + spamming HIB/Energy Blast/Stick Grenade/Hammer Shot/Explosive Round/Ion Pulse. It's not ideal for threat but entirely doable for stuff that punishes melee tanking (e.g. Esseles first boss).
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Malissant
01.26.2012 , 12:05 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by terk-was-here View Post
Ranged tanks are a myth. Troopers and BH's still do the dirty work up close.

Not to knock your work - just pointing it out as it will make your knowledge more applicable to those classes.
I was using it as more of a Ranged class that uses guns kind of thing rather than ranged skills. But thank you for the clarification.

Mostly what I was looking for was talent rotations and any tips and tricks that might be specific to those classes. I'm sure the core mechanics are pretty much the same.


Quote: Originally Posted by Exertim View Post
Not entirely true. Vanguards/Powertechs can somewhat tank at ranged by cycling taunts + spamming HIB/Energy Blast/Stick Grenade/Hammer Shot/Explosive Round/Ion Pulse. It's not ideal for threat but entirely doable for stuff that punishes melee tanking (e.g. Esseles first boss).
Exactly stuff like that - some fights really punish melee tanking and if it is possible to ranged tank them, that would be a great tip for a BH/Trooper tank.
Tanking The Old Republic - Tips, Tricks, Guides and Strats for PvP and PvE.
Moonstriker - JG Defense Spec'd (32/7/2) | Daddysmurf - Shadow Kinetic Spec'd (31/0/10)
Malvolio - Vanguard Shield Specialist (31/7/3)
WiiW - Weekly Match the Screen Shot Contest - Win a Taun Fawn!

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Malissant
01.27.2012 , 10:32 AM | #5
Tanking The Old Republic - Tips, Tricks, Guides and Strats for PvP and PvE.
Moonstriker - JG Defense Spec'd (32/7/2) | Daddysmurf - Shadow Kinetic Spec'd (31/0/10)
Malvolio - Vanguard Shield Specialist (31/7/3)
WiiW - Weekly Match the Screen Shot Contest - Win a Taun Fawn!

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Silberfalke
01.27.2012 , 12:19 PM | #6
I heard multiple tank/dd classes can stack their sunder debuff.
Maybe you have gained some experience with this.
Is it true?
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Malissant
01.27.2012 , 12:29 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Silberfalke View Post
I heard multiple tank/dd classes can stack their sunder debuff.
Maybe you have gained some experience with this.
Is it true?
100% true. If you watch the vids you'll see two stacks of sunders from me and the other tank, and 3 trooper type debuffs on at pretty much all times.

What that actually means for numbers and what it does to the boss is anyone's guess, without a log it's hard to parse real numbers to know if they're all WAI or just showing up and not doing anything.

We do notice that we kill things faster when we're all focused and taking advantage of stacked debuffs - but that's about all I can verify.
Tanking The Old Republic - Tips, Tricks, Guides and Strats for PvP and PvE.
Moonstriker - JG Defense Spec'd (32/7/2) | Daddysmurf - Shadow Kinetic Spec'd (31/0/10)
Malvolio - Vanguard Shield Specialist (31/7/3)
WiiW - Weekly Match the Screen Shot Contest - Win a Taun Fawn!

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Strongtooth
01.27.2012 , 12:43 PM | #8
I really welcome this site and the information it provided. It has been helpful for me already as I am just about to start the EV runs.


Keep it coming.

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Malissant
01.27.2012 , 02:02 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Strongtooth View Post
I really welcome this site and the information it provided. It has been helpful for me already as I am just about to start the EV runs.


Keep it coming.
Thanks for letting me know - I'm really glad people are finding this helpful. I'm hoping to have the rest of the EV stuff up tonight and tomorrow.

For now I've got the next 3 written, videos coming as they get encoded and uploaded:
Gharj: http://swttor.blogspot.com/2012/01/s...ult-gharj.html
Ancient Pylons: http://swttor.blogspot.com/2012/01/s...nt-pylons.html
Infernal Council: http://swttor.blogspot.com/2012/01/s...-infernal.html
Tanking The Old Republic - Tips, Tricks, Guides and Strats for PvP and PvE.
Moonstriker - JG Defense Spec'd (32/7/2) | Daddysmurf - Shadow Kinetic Spec'd (31/0/10)
Malvolio - Vanguard Shield Specialist (31/7/3)
WiiW - Weekly Match the Screen Shot Contest - Win a Taun Fawn!

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Shedari
01.27.2012 , 02:05 PM | #10
Our main jug tank runs a twitch.tv stream for nightmare modes on Tuesday nights. It can be seen at http://www.twitch.tv/zmarg
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