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#1 Sep 05 2013 at 1:29 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thought I would put this in here to discuss tanking rotations that are useful to you. Here is mine at lvl 30...
I recommend trying to only use Flash no more than 3 times per battle... Try this rotation Shield Lob > Flash > Fast Blade (FB) > Savage Blade (SB) > FLash > FB > SB > Rage of Halone (RH) > FB > SB > RH > ect... You should only have to use flash one more time, if you use it again at all bcause at this point you should have enough hate from everything (as long as the DPS aren't trying to directly attack targets that you are not focusing on) and if anything pops off you onto the healer all you should have to do is cast Provoke then do your FB > SB > RH combo once before goinback to your original target. I also recomend once you and the DPS burn the target down to around 5% health, jumping to another target to build hate on it while the DPS finish burning down the first target. There are exceptions to this rotation (such as using your cooldowns for bosses and such) but this one works wonders for me.
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#2 Sep 05 2013 at 5:09 PM Rating: Good
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Nice post been looking for some insight to tanking, might give it a go myself. One question though, do you have any tips for things such as marking targets? I would guess just a simple marking macro but I have yet to play with them.

As a healer I have much respect for tanks, awesome to see a good one in action.
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#3 Sep 06 2013 at 8:26 AM Rating: Good
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The only time I have had to mark enemies is when I have had DPS and CCs that don't realise that A) DPS should be focusing on my target and B) CC should be cast on targets that I am not attacking. Now as I get up into the higher level dungeons I am sure I will need to mark more often but, as a PS3 player myself, it isn't too hard to hit the square button while targetting something to bring up the little menu for marking. I normally (when I have to mark) just number the mobs in the same order that I am going to focus on them and I expect the CC and DPS to be smart enough to figure out what to do from there but if they are having a hard time figuring it out, I will tell them... And if they still have trouble, I won't bother trying to pull off of them. As long as I keep hate off the healer, it may take longer, but the stuff will die eventually. Also, once the DPS die a couple of times, due to thier actions, they seem to get with the program. (Same goes for DPS that think they should start DPSing before enmity has been established.)
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#4 Sep 11 2013 at 11:48 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm speaking from a mid 40's PLD perspective, so bear that in mind... ^^

Everyone will have their rotations that work for them, some are heavier on flash, some really juggle FB and SB combos and ignore RoH, some focus one mob, some cycle through, but the biggest thing I can tell the budding tank: position yourself to make your job easier. If you have a slept mob in the middle of two active targets you run the risk of breaking the sleep because of your target cycling. Drag mobs around, move them from where they are to where you want to be. Run through the group so you can see through the mobs to your healers and DDs and see what they're doing and if you've lost a mob. Set the targets up in a way that it's natural for the group to go 1, 2, 3, rinse and repeat. If you can't get them in an easy order or there's a pesky ranged mob, or one that likes to fire off Weaponskills and stray from the pack, that's when you have to communicate: sleep the Pieste, or the salamander (two that love to do WS), drag the melee mobs over to the sleeping ranged mob so you can transition easier.

Other fun things: when a mob is low (and you're a PLD), Shield Bash; they can't move, your DD can finish them off and you can start marking the next pull or continuing your rotation on the next mob. You don't have to combo all skills on one mob: hit the tertiary mob with FB, hit your primary with SB and RoH, or hit the secondary with SB and use the big RoH combo threat to hold the primary. Don't be afraid to Bash mobs that aren't doing anything, if you have a 6 second stun that's time they're not hitting you or doing AoE. Encourage your zealous DoT DDs to NOT stack DoTs on slept mobs, you can't touch them and spamming Flash isn't necessarily a great way to manage groups. Use your damage reduction skills liberally, not just as "OH SH*T" buttons--makes healers jobs easier.

Regardless, communicate with your team and be assertive at the get go. If someone has a better plan than you, let them tell you as much, but it's better to go in with something than nothing. And if you have any questions at all about PLD tanking (so far not yet to end game, but...) hit me up on Ultros (Brinna).

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#5 Sep 16 2013 at 11:14 AM Rating: Decent
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I put mark in shield lob marco, simple and effective especially for pulling.

/macroicon "Shield Lob"
/marking attack1
/ac "Shield Lob" <t>

Make sure to open with it and use it ASAP when switching to the next target to attack.
#6 Sep 16 2013 at 11:16 AM Rating: Default
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Stun with conc blow and move on to the next mob while it was frozen/stunned was one of my favorite tanking tricks in wow glad to see it in FFXIV as well. I usually leave a trash target at about 20% and move on especially if they agg a ranged class it will be dead before it gets to them.
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