Disclaimer and Intro:
I’m not an expert in Tanking, this is more of a fun build for me. I have no idea if this tank will actually work in real life applications. I’m not saying it can’t, I actually have high hopes, but I just haven’t tested it in real dungeons. I’m currently leveling this toon on the Live server myself, but I have tested on the PTS.
The test that I do is I go into vWGT and gather as many mobs as I can in the first part and see how long I survive. With this tank I survive indefinitely, completely 100% self sustained survival that could go on forever. I’m unable to get more mobs so I don’t know how much punishment this tank can take, but I think it’s quite a bit. If you have a tank now, try going into vWGT solo, and gather all the mobs in the first part before the first doorway and see how long you survive to compare.
There is a lot of synergy with this build, one skill plays off the next and it all seems to work really well. I’m sure there can be variations on this that will work, so make it your own and have fun! To make this work you need to actively manage stamina and magicka as we’ll be using both with equal importance.
So let’s begin.
All into Health
Nord - for Health and Damage Reduction passives.
5pc Warrior-Poet & 5pc Plauge Doctor (Armor and Jewelry) - All Jewelry with Magicka Regen Enchant and All Armor with Health Enchant.
You can have these in any configuration, just don't use weapons unless you have 2 one handed & shields so that when you switch bar you don't lose any 5pc bonuses.
1H&S on both bars with Shield having Health Enchant - Any 2pc that has max health as the first item bonus works. If you do have two 1H&S of Plauge Doctor or Warrior-poet you can use two 1pc health bonus monster sets which would end up being the best setup, but I didn't have the weapons and this setup works just fine.
You need 100 into Bastion, the rest you can choose what is best for your particular application.
You need 100 into Arcanist and 100 into Tenacity, the rest you can put where you want.
Put 120 into anything in "The Apprectice" so that you get Arcane Well Passive. This tree doesn't matter very much so the rest just put where you want.
Blue Magicka and Health food.
The Atronach - Magicka Recovery Bonus
Main 1H&S Bar:
Piercing Armor - Your main taunt
Choking Talons - Your CC and Minor Maim application
Structured Entropy - For Health Bonus
Bone Surge - One of your main shields
Igneous Shield - Your other main shield that also shields group.
Ultimate: Spell Wall - Cheap ulti for resource return with DK passives as well as blocks for free while active, perfect synergy.
Secondary 1H&S Bar:
Noxious Breath - Applies Major Fracture in AoE fashion,.. this is a great for mobs.
Unrelenting Grip - Brings stragglers to you. Wonderful CC ability
Structured Entropy - For Health Bonus
Inner Fire - Range Taunt
Igneous Shield - One of your main shields that also shields group.
Ultimate: Magma Shell - Gives allies a huge shield and limits incoming damage, use for a particularly tricky situation.
You should have 65k health or higher, 14k Magicka and 10k Stamina and 1.5k Magicka Regen or higher.
So this is where it gets fun. Just like a duel wield DPS, we animation cancel our heavy attacks here with rotating our shields. It goes something like this. Add Choking Talons, Unrelenting Grip, Noxious Breath, Inner Fire and Piercing armor to this basic rotation whenever it is needed to properly tank.
Ignious Shields -> Bone Surge -> Taunt & Engage Target
Heavy Attack -> Ignious Shields -> Heavy Attack -> Bone Surge -> Spell Wall Ulti as soon as it's ready. -> Repeat
Remember to Animation Cancel your Heavy Attack!
Explanation: So basically we let our magicka regen replenish our magicka pool, and let our heavy attacks replenish our stamina pool, and allow the Ultimate, which will be frequently activated, to replenish all our pools. Alternating between the stamina shield (Bone Surge) and magicka shield (Igneous Shields) allows enough time for replenishment, add in the Ultimate and boom! You can basically sustain indefinitely.
Once I level up my Live Server toon, i'll take him into dungeons and trials and give it a try so see how he works out. This build can easily be modified and work just as good or better, but keeping the basic idea of Alternating between Stamina Shield and Magicka Shield, then letting Magicka Regen recover our Magicka Pool and our Heavy Attacks to recover our Stamina pool, use a low cost Ulti to replenish all pools and continue on tanking.
Again, i have no experience taking this build into dungeons and trials, this is a fun build I thought of based on a Blazing Shield Templar tank, but the Templar tank lacks Talons, Chains, Resource Replenishment on Ulti and Major Fracture AoE which are all HUGE boons.