jiahao08 wrote:That build is nice since it includes the chances to block.. shield block and parry will be the most important tanking skills since the chance for you to dodge is much less than your chance to block and parry.
That's not necessarily true. I mean, yes, it's easier to get blocks, but they only avoid 50% of the damage. Dodges avoid 100% of the damage.
Also, dodge checks occur first. If the dodge check fails, the block check occurs. If the block check fails, then the parry check occurs.
Of course, the chance to block is 2x the chance to dodge, and the chance to parry is 2x the chance to block. Block only blocks 50% damage though, and parry only blocks 25%. Statistically it all kind of evens out. I prefer dodge to parry though.
jiahao08 wrote:One thing about that hybrid build... it does not have sweeping strike/sweeping blow. Instead you are going to have to rely on whirlwind to hold agro during AOES. Whirlwind applies stacks of endless rampage which decrease your armor dramatically. If you plan on sticking with it 100%, I recommend getting atleast level 1 cleave so that you can apply those endless rampage effects quickly.
Actually, you wouldn't
want cleave. With Whirlwind, you'll get a few stacks of Endless Rampage, but not the full 25% armor loss.
Whirlwind / Endless Rampage reduce your armor, so you use Malicious Blow / Impenetrable Barrier to offset the armor loss. As you lose armor, you stack chance to block. So actually, block just might be more important than dodge.
(don't ignore dodge though!)
Malicious blow is the CA-build AOE which you want to use for a hybrid tank build.
jiahao08 wrote:Oh.. and level 2 intimidate is a must since you're going to be undergeared.
I use and love level 2 intimidate. That said, it should be viewed as a luxury ruby for those who have GT rubies and/or strongbox rubies. You use an extra ruby getting it, and for anybody with <49 rubies, there are better rubies to spend on.