Phaelia already provided the links below, so I won’t regurgitate them, but the Thunderheart belt, boots, and bracers have been posted and none of them have Stamina on them. In fact, the only Tier 6 sets that retain Stamina at all are the Protection Warrior set and the Protection Paladin set.
Druid tanks are particularly hard-hit by this. While you can argue that most sets don’t need Stamina as they shouldn’t be getting hit as it is, most encounters include damage you cannot avoid (we used to call this stupidity “wandering damage” in the old tabletop days — a sure sign of lazy design) and sometimes, situations being what they are, people draw aggro, make mistakes… you know the drill. Gear needs Stamina on it. After all, Blizzard made it clear how important Stamina is when they reduced its item budget cost to enable more of it to go on all gear for all classes. Survivability is paramount.
But let’s run with the idea that if you’re healing or doing damage, you can get by with less, which is generally true in spite of certain mechanics designed to ensure we all place at least some value on Stamina.
In this case, a lack of Stamina on DPS and healing gear isn’t game-breaking and, by many measures, for some pieces this is desirable in order to make more room in the budget for healing and damaging statistics.
For tanks, though, Stamina is more important than for any other class in the game. Granted, we use avoidance and mitigation statistics such as armor and dodge (and block and parry for Warrior and Paladin tanks), but Stamina and the resulting health pool is a critical factor that gives a healer the cushion they need to keep us alive.
So why is it that Druid tanks are the only ones with a Tier set that neglects Stamina?
Some have claimed it’s the multipurpose nature of our Feral Tier sets. While I can see why they might say this, it is obvious that they have not considered the ramifications of their own observation: if it is multipurpose, one of those purposes is tanking and as tanking gear it needs Stamina. Item budgets already deny Druid tanks Defense on PvE leather gear beyond the Heavy Clefthoof set, presumably on the basis of a single talent. This means that Druids have to itemize their trinkets, weapons and rings to make up the difference while missing the default uncrittability on ten other equipment slots (head, shoulder, chest, wrist, hand, waist, legs, feet, offhand, and ranged slot).
We tend to fill that itemization gap with PvP gear. Ideal? I’ll let you decide for yourself.
When I stand right by Warrior tanks geared about the same level I am, they have approximately equal health, sometimes more. Looking over the gear at Tier 6, this trend seems to continue unabated. The [Thunderheart Chestguard], in point of fact, sports 18 less Stamina than the [Onslaught Chestguard].
There are a lot of reasons for this: multipurpose usage and hence stat-spread, our shifting bonus (though is it truly valid to arbitrarily reduce the budget spent on a stat a class is inherently designed to exploit?), and perhaps some things I haven’t considered. The net result, however, is that equally geared tanks at all levels have roughly equivalent health pools in spite of common wisdom. The much vaunted gigantic health pool bonus Druids supposedly enjoy is as much fairy tale as reality; the truth lies in the gearing levels.
This leaves us with Armor to make up the difference. I enjoy sporting 30k armor. I’m not the best-geared Druid tank out there, and I never will be, but I enjoy that Crushing Blows aren’t a big deal to me, and that I can get by without a shield or the ability to Parry. I may not have much more actual survivability than any other tank, but the predictable damage trend when I tank is a feature I enjoy. No gigantic spikes equal no surprise deaths.
So along comes Tier 6. Both the Warrior and Paladin tanking rigs include Stamina (the Paladin set a bit less than the Warrior set, though). The set used by Druid tanks and yes, by Druid Cats, has none. This is an inherent 177 less Stamina available to a Druid tank using Tier gear than is available to a Warrior, not counting the general Stamina discrepancy.
So if you’re a Druid tank looking forward to the new Tier 6 itemization, maybe you’d be better off buying these pieces for DPS or your healing set. You’ll probably find yourself headed back to the Battlegrounds to fill these item slots for the Stamina if not the Resilience (some of us manage with just jewelry and weapons, perhaps a few select PvP items), or trading your heroic badges for them since the Tier 6 equivalents are apparently not intended for those of us who tank.
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