before i get into it, i have both war and pld 50, and my current opinion is this:
WAR is a better tank for multiple targets (you see this through flash/steel cyclone)
PLD is a better tank for a single target (you see this from all their single target abilities. for a PLD to secure a bunch ofadds they need to spam flash)
Sorry, I strongly disagree and believe you are spreading bad info. You definitely don't want to use Steel Cyclone to hold a group, you lose infuriate and don't ge the added healing bonus when you need it most. Now keep in mind I am a WAR tank and will continue to do so. It's only a matter of time before they make adjustments, it was like this in FFXI way back when as well. But right now PLD is just a better tank, and I hate saying that.
PLD can tank a group just as well if not better than WAR. PLD has an AOE (Circle of Scorn on a 25 sec cooldonw, which is not that bad) that does AOE damage and also adds a DOT to everyone). You pull, Flash, Circle of Scorn then flash again and they are stuck on you, period. War can grab a group with flash (doesn't blind with us and our MP lets us use it 3 times max before waiting for more MP) and spam Overpower but then you will run out of TP quick. At least circle of scorn adds a dot that keeps the damage ticking and work swell with flash. Now the big difference is while both are holding the group the PLD is taking less damage than the WAR, that is amplified with a large group of adds. Try having a WAR grab a group of more than 3 and you will see your healer flip out quick. I wish they would have Steel Cycle do like Circle of Scorn, then it would be worth while using, as long as you can pop infuriate right afterwards to pump back up your healing received.. Right now it is basically a low damage AOE that makes you lose infuriate and decreases your healing received.
We don't need more defensive cooldowns, that is obviously not what they wanted to do with WAR. Even if they bring back Hasso from 1.0 (when we crited it gave us that amount back in health) that would be a huge step in the right direction. We need a more reliable form of self healing than using all out our stack of wrath for one large cure (around 850 as average) and then building it back up.
Just my opinion of course...........every day I am tempted to switch to my PLD for tanking :( Edited, Oct 14th 2013 1:53pm by Techsupport Edited, Oct 14th 2013 1:53pm by Techsupport
WAR has access to enough enmity gear and enough hate-inducing JA to aggro baby jesus.
When I'm trying to decide what spell to cast I look at the mobs' weaknesses, check the day, check the weather and then calmly cast Thunder IV.