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08.04.2021 , 06:12 PM | #182
Quote: Originally Posted by Kass View Post
The inability to play what I've always played is not appealing to me --- I mean I just got my butt-cape handed to me on a platter trying my very first Hard Mode Dxunn Operation - even with all of my allegedly broken and overpowered DCD's, my 306 Item rated and Set-Bonused Full Tank Gear - even as the off tank, I melted like butter in the Tatooine midday Suns...

It was horrifyingly embarrassing.

So it leaves this weird contradiction, where in some instances/places the way the combat system has been developed could be considered Overpowered (Devs did that Players are Innocent Victims) - and in other instances/places your DCD's etc don't mean Podoo, its all about best named in slot armorings, mods, and enhancements PLUS only the mechanics of the operation really matter.
If I understand correctly, and feel free to correct me if I don't, you are saying that in some of the harder PvE content it's all about BiS item modifcations and DCD's don't mean poodo? Because that is very much untrue for tanks. The most important thing about staying alive as a tank is knowing what your defensives can and can't do and managing them properly. Optimising gear will of course help you out a bit, but as long as you're rocking augmented 306 gear proper knowledge of cooldowns is going to be vastly more important than having the exact correct mods and stat balance, as long as you're not doing something completely absurd with your stats.

And seeing Guardian on PTS currently (the only tank spec we can test currently) they come out pretty well in the defensives department. The choice between Saber Reflect, Blade Blitz and Enure will be tough, but I reckon on most fights right now very doable.
If you really need a self cleanse, you pick Enure. If you can consistenly use Blade Blitz on specific large hits, you pick Blade Blitz. Otherwise if you don't need Blade Blitz and there is something you can use Saber Reflect. If both Saber Reflect and Blade Blitz have no defensive utility on a given fight, of which there are a handful, you probably want to pick Enure for the health loan, or Blade Blitz for mobility. The only fight I'm really concerned for is Brontes, taking orbs will be a lot harder without both Reflect and Blitz, but then again Brontes came out before Blade Blitz was even a thing, so it should be doable.

All of our other defensive cooldowns, Saber Ward, Warding Call and Focused Defense remain intact. I think some people are slightly overestimating the impact on available defensives for tanks, but we'll see when we get some more classes added to PTS and can actually try some of the harder content with the proposed changes.