Raar! We don’t have to share a talent tree with cats any more! Yep, that’s not getting old any time soon. With Mists of Pandaria and WoW Patch 5.4, the proud, the few, the hairy have a spec all of our own – Guardian Druid, rather than Feral Tank. So, if you want to get a’ mauling and a’mangling through Garrosh’s hordes, here’s our quick guide to getting your bear set up in MoP with rotations, priorities, talents, glyphs, gems, reforging, stats, and all that good stuff.
Updated 17th September 2013 to WoW Patch 5.4
Our new MoP tanking priority system is pretty damn simple – but it’s complicated by the fact that we now have to work for our invulnerability! Yep – we’re no longer a Big Bag of Armour. Instead, we have to use abilities – Active Mitigation – to make ourselves tougher in order to survive all the tanky beatings we take.
The other side of your New Tanking is that you have three abilities which use Rage to defend you – all of which are off the Global Cooldown. Use them whenever you have the Rage available:
Remember to cast Mark Of The Wild if no-one else has a similar buff. Cast Symbiosis on your fellow tank.
And remember – don’t laugh – to be in bear form! Seriously, I’ve seen people forget.
There are no cookie-cutter talents any more, and in any case, the theory on talents is at an early stage right now. We encourage you to experiment with the Druid talents and figure out which work best for you.
Having said that, if you just want a quick, easy-to-use talent build to get started, we recommend:
Reforging: Reforge to Hit and Expertise to the cap, then Crit, then Haste.
Gems: Use Smooth (crit) gems in Yellow slots, Jagged (Crit / Stamina) in blue slots, and Crafty (Expertise/Crit) gems in red slots.
Meta Gem: Austere Meta Gem.
Getting one- or two-shot?: You need more Stamina. Replace some blue slot gems with Solid (Stamina) gems, and see if that improves the situation.
Major: There are NO critical choices here. Glyph of Rebirth, Glyph of Fae Silence, Glyph of Survival Instincts, and Glyph of Might of Ursoc are all worth considering.
Minor: Your own choice, although Glyph of Grace is rather good.
You should almost always use a profession enhancement item if it provides appropriate stats instead of a general enchant,
There are a few good resources out there for Guardian druids:
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