The Reaver is a defensive soul that specializes in using the powers of
disease, death and decay to aide them in protecting their allies. Much
like the Death Knight in WoW, the Reaver has some powerful self heals
and excels at tanking multiple mobs. Most players who are creating a
tanking build will want to include the Reaver, which is equally at home
as a primary, secondary or tertiary soul.
- Self heal talents early in the tree
- Well equipped to handle multiple mobs
- Strong crowd control capabilities
- Damage output increases in relation to damage taken
- Weaker against single targets
- Poor mitigation abilities
- Higher ramp-up time for damage than other tanks
The Reaver is one of the four defensive minded souls for the Warrior
calling and has many of the best talents for tanking multiple
mobs. Having a spec with the Reaver as the secondary soul is
optimal for tanking many of the small group dungeons with a heavy AoE
group as threat on multiple mobs is increased.
With the ability to have multiple soul sets, most players won’t rely on
a defensive soul as the focal point of a soloing build. The Reaver does
have some nice abilities as a secondary soul especially when one starts
to venture into some of the more densely populated areas of the game
where adds become a concern.
Reaver abilities are well suited for group play as most tanks will want
to spend at least a few points in the tree. Adding a strong Reaver to a
group adds an extra dimension of crowd control in the form of a fear.
Reavers are also excellent off-tanks who possess a nice slowing ability
for kiting mobs. Enraged Essence gives Reavers the ability to increase
their party’s damage by 5% periodically.
The Reaver is a cant miss soul for both of the other defensive
specialists in the calling, as well as with the Warlord in certain
situations. Pairing it with a Paladin will greatly increase
deficiencies in mitigation and single target threat as well as finding
immediate gains in armor and block values with Defender and Stalwart
The Void Knight is an excellent choice for a tertiary soul of a Reaver,
adding heavy resistance against magic dealing foes. Reavers who are
slated to be their raids permanent AoE and off tanks, or if most of
their fighting is done in rift encounters, may even bump this
up to a secondary soul. Insatiable Hunger grants a fairly
consistent mana drain ability with only 5 points spent.