The Daily Grind: What’s the best tank class in an MMORPG?

    
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I’ve teased the late Warhammer Online plenty over the years for its disaster-dungeons, but it had something I’ve never seen topped in an MMORPG, ever: It had one hell of a tank class.

The Ironbreaker was the most badass, hilarious tank I’ve ever played in an MMO, and I’ve played a lot of them. It wasn’t the PvE tanking that sold me on my beefy dwarven gal, either; it was the PvP tanking. There was just nothing better than bulldozing my way into a fight, smashing people with shields, taunting — yes, taunting — and knocking Destro peeps right off the battlements. Yeah, I didn’t do much actual point-for-point damage, but I had too much fun to care when people would literally run the other way to escape me.

I’d love to recapture the hilarity of that class in PvP and PvE. What’s the best tank class you’ve played in an MMORPG?

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Well, this is going a little outside the box but for me it was WoW’s Druid (and I don’t just mean the Bear form by itself). Druid has to be one of the most versatile classes I’ve ever played in a game. I loved being the Bear and being able to transform into Tree form and throw out heals or when healing wasn’t an issue, go Cat form and add extra damage. I loved being a DPS and swapping to Bear when the real tank died. I’ve saved so many groups from wipes doing that I can’t even count.

Now, if you remove the transforming and go only with the bear form, I’ve give that nod to WoW’s Paladin because, oddly enough, when I tanked a Paladin it was rare that another class did more damage than I die….as a tank! In PvP it was godly.

Dixa
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Dixa

all of the tank options in warhammer were true tanks, guardians in lotro and of course warriors in torilmud which started this whole mess to begin with what with their shield punching and bashing and rescuing and what not.

ViceVandal
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ViceVandal

Tanker, City of Heroes.

Next question.

Veldan
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Veldan

Bunkheaded Hmm yeah I played a rogue at some point and liked tanking with it. Riftstalker, wasn’t it? It was the most fun tank in the game imo. I haven’t played my rogue in years though, so I don’t know about changed mechanics.

Vunak
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Vunak

Ninja Evasion tanking in FFXI was a lot of fun. Unfortunately my linkshell made me play Paladin for a good 5+ years straight for all our endgame endeavors.

MostlysaneUK
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MostlysaneUK

Oleg Chebeneev MostlysaneUK That’s great news. it’s time that crazy fur ball got some more love.  I hope it doesn’t get hit too hard by the nerf bat before release.

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

MostlysaneUK In Legion guardian druids is the best tank so far with crazy amounts of mitigations

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

Prot warrior with Gladiator spec in Warlords of Draenor

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

BritoBruno ManastuUtakata 
I MISS MY BLOOD DPS SPEC DAMMIT!!

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Karl_Hungus

ManastuUtakata DPandaren 
Well at least we’ll finally be able to hide shoulder armor in Legion so that’s a start