First off welcome to one of the most unique classes in any MMO I have ever played. I have been playing Warden since they came out in the Moria update. Lots of fun to play solo because nothing can touch you one on one. I can tell you stories of fights I have had with 500K Boss mobs on level that would bore you to tears(Poor mobs never stood a chance).
Originally Posted by DeathWish
1: Spear is the way to go. With the trait line the bleed damage is vastly increased and will proc about half the time. Also it is what all the animations are designed around so yeah it looks the coolest
2: Red line may be the best place to focus your efforts for now. Since HD broke tanking in the game blue line is a sort of safe way to take on 30-40 onlevel mobs at once and win but it takes for ever to kill them.
3: If you are fighting Land scape mobs it is a good way to conserve power to stack bleeds on to half health and then just walk away an let the mob die on it's own. then again since the change power really isn't a problem any more.
4:There really aren't any good links out there simply because everyone is trying to figure out how to play this class since tanking was broken in HD. Keep an eye out for one and maybe you can share it with the rest of us :-P
5:Virtues I tended to focus on in the past were the resistance and Tactical mitigation ones. Don't worry so much about physical Mit as my Warden has been running Capped out physical mitigation since level 75. unless they have made some changes to the game that I missed the cap hits at 16,000 for medium armor. I would say sitting at about 14,500 to 15,000 would be lots as when you are in group play and need it someone always pops a scroll and bumps you up by about 1000 points.
Memorize your gambits: this can be tricky for some people but it is vital for your play in the end game. if you have to look up on a sheet what skill you want to do before you can do it you are already dead. there are really only 3 types of gambits out there:
- the 2 skill bounce where you will hit one skill then a second then back to the first. these normally have a 3, 4, and 5, skill version
-Example Conviction: Shield,Fist,Shield,fist,shield
- Straits. these ones use all 3 skills in a strait line. 1st skill, 2nd skill, 3rd skill, then back to the 1st. Again these will almost always make gambits at 3,4,and 5 skills
-Example Unerring Strike: Spear,shield,fist,spear,shield
- the unique gambits. these ones are some of the best skills in the game because you have to memorize them but they can be very powerful. there are only a few of them so it shouldn't strain you brain to much.
-Example Dark before dawn: Spear,Shield,spear,fist,spear
if you need a hand with them in the beginning the wiki has a great Quick Reference: http://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/Ward...uick_Reference
But again it is in your best interest to memorize these
Don't be afraid to challenge your self. Wardens are VERY tough to kill. If you see a 250K elite with 3 adds that is a couple of levels above you go give it a shot. Some of my most fun times where when I was doing Raid quests solo on level or standing toe to toe with the dragon on level without a healer and knowing that he couldn't touch me. Go out and kill the big stuff on level like maybe the 2 trolls at the door of Isengaurd(they only have a combined health of 1.75 million or so ;-) )
Hope with the rest of us that they can make us tanks again so that we have a roll to play in groups once more :-(
Have fun and take it slow
Wear sun screen!!
Hope that helps a bit and that you can come to love the class as much as I have over the last almost 6 years