When it comes down to it, there are only two practical ways you can spec as a protection warrior.
- With Deep Wounds
- Without Deep Wounds
I -strongly- suggest with. If you like threat and/or damage, at virtually no cost, your looking to spec 15/3/51+2. Nothing I have points in there is optional, it is all delicious tanking goodness. The two extra points are where you can tweak it - to 2/2 Imp Spell Reflect if your doing Malygos, up Shield Spec to 4/5 if your want that little bit of physical mitigation, or 2/5 cruelty if you want to etch out a little more damage. (If you want, you can swing the two points from improved revenge into shield block also, but revenge is pretty sweet).
And then there is without. If your convinced you can't live without all the options from above (Imp Revenge, Shield Spec, Spell Reflect, Cruelty), then go 5/8/56. But your missing out, FYI.
When it comes down to it, your either in arms for 5 points, or for 15. There is no middle ground. And for fury, your in for somewhere between 3 and 8 points.
One of the first things I look at when I'm inspecting a warrior tank, is where those points are. I'm boggled by people that are 3/3 Imp HS, 3/3 Puncture, and 4+/5 Cruelty, when they could use those points in arms and get Deep Wounds - increasing their threat/damage by far, far more.
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