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Shaman as a tank class?

    • 536 posts
    August 30, 2017 3:53 PM PDT

    I liked the shaman class in VSOTH, but was never really comfortable with allowing shamans to be main tanks. What are your thoughts, in case that is implemented in PROTF?

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    • 9249 posts
    August 30, 2017 5:41 PM PDT

    I played a raid geared Tuurgin Shaman in VG as my main alt and he could never main-tank. Off tanking trash and some mini named sure, but it was only if there were no proper tanks available and it was a band-aid solution that required more resources to keep me alive and take my heals away from others. (disregarding the end of VG days when people exploited with augs, buff stacking and gear bugs)

    We have no plans to make Shamans tank in Pantheon though, so you can rest easy my friend :)

    • 245 posts
    August 30, 2017 5:43 PM PDT

    They have quite a bit of what they envision for shaman posted here at this link.

    I did enjoy playing the Topor Tank as well as face tanking Dragons solo in EQ quite a bit.  Ole Bert Hammer and Torpor.  Gud times.  Cracked that big ole turtle open a bunch of times too.  Best Soup ever.

    • 2275 posts
    November 8, 2017 6:27 PM PST

    Sorry, but Shaman shouldn't be even remotely considered a tank class.  That isn't our job.  That said, Shaman should be at least substantial enough that for non-raid bosses, we should be able to take a hit or two without getting killed.  If, in a group where multiple pulls are coming and we get in a slow and str/dex debuff, we should be able to stand there and take some hits.  That is more 'tanky' than any caster but still well below that of a tank.  Our job is to get debuffs in as quickly as possible and being able to take a hit or two allows us to do that.

    • 144 posts
    November 13, 2017 2:49 PM PST

    True, with buffs and debuffs, we should be able to close the gap a good bit statistically.  I would even consider it possible to use them as melee dps for groups of trash mobs.... but I don't see people saying, "We need a tank... see if we can get a shaman."

    • 536 posts
    December 6, 2017 3:06 PM PST

    Glad you all agree. Also, glad to hear from K-Man that Shamans aren't going to be considered viable tanks in XX form like in VG (even though those of us who played knew they weren't already).