FFXIV Defiance and why it’s actually better than Grit and Shield Oath

The paragraph on “Defiance and why it’s actually better than Grit and Shield Oath” is flat out wrong and is just poor mathematical understanding — defiance stack just as multiplicatively as shield oath. Do the eHP computations rigorously if you are not convinced. Due to the 20% increased heal instead of 25%, it is actually slightly weaker than shield oath.

“You want to maintain agro first and foremost, with Storm’s Path being the next most important, followed by Storm’s Eye.”
No. Just flat out no. Maintaining storm’s eye should be a priority 90% of the time, not the thing you think about last.

“Generic, all purpose single target: BB>SE>SP.”
This is just awful.

“Single target max agro generation or damage while tanking: SE>BB>BB”
If you can’t maintain aggro doing SE BB SE BB rotation you have some serious things to reconsider. Doing two BB in a row means a minimum of 10 GCD (factoring a wrath ability at the minimum), so losing SE for 5 seconds — minimum. You are not only gimping your own DPS that way, you are also wasting the one of the other tank and any potential ninja in the group.

“So you’ve seen those threads on reddit and on the official forums about Warriors who are tanking in Deliverance and doing infinity+1 FFXIV Gil DPS and you think to yourself, “Man, I want to do that. How do I do that?”

The answer? You don’t.”
Please stahp. Being 100% in deliverance is not a good idea for challenging content, but pushing as much uptime on deliverance as is reasonnable is an important part of being a good warrior. To the point that the question is not as much “when can i afford to be in deliverance while tanking”, and more “when do i need to be in defiance while tanking ?” Obviously the correct answer to that question requires one to be extremely knowledgeable on each parts of the fight, and some serious thinking on how to maximize what you can get out of your cooldowns. But starting the paragraph on deliverance tanking with such a strong denial is just plain wrong.

I could go on. Most of this seems really unhelpful or even damageable for someone wishing to improve as a warrior.


Ok a few more then :

“This is pretty much the case on every pull. Occasionally (if you have weak FFXIV DPS) you can get away with Storm’s Eye first, but it isn’t really needed and it is risky.”
If you don’t open with storm’s Eye you have some serious issues, once again. With unchained plus berserk, you shouldn’t lose aggro, no matter how strong the dps are in your Final Fantasy XIV Gil group. If you do, you, or them, did something very wrong.


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