Last night I bucked some of the conventional wisdom and tried another one of my “bel” builds for tanking. For some reason I have never had much luck with the canned builds. They have never really produced the results I would have expected, because I guess in many ways they don’t fit my play style. Many in Duranub can remember the colossal failure that a deep wounds build was for me.
I have heard for years that unbridled wrath has no place in a tanking build, let alone a tanking build of a main tank. This morning I did some investigating by looking at last nights WWS parses. Over the course of the night I gained nearly 3 times the rage from Unbridled Wrath that I did from Shield Specialization. To me that is pretty phenomenal.
I think primarily what is happening here is that roughly 60% of all attacks are avoided completely. So more attacks are missing me completely than are being blocked. So what this is allowing me to do is have a constant font of rage coming in from my attacks. Thanks to the revenge glyph I am getting a ton of free heroic strikes, which in turn increase my number of attacks spinning the random generator for firing unbridled wrath… which is turned into rage that I can use for shield slam, cleave, thunderclap, shockwave etc.
So far I am digging the build quite a bit. While it is not optimal based on the math presented by Tankspot/Elitist Jerks it fits my play style. So far it works equally well for 5/10/25 man content. Now we have yet to poke our heads into ulduar, so I might be retracting my praise shortly, but for now I am rather happy.