Just wanted to briefly comment on one of the awesome abilities a paladin tank has at his or her disposal, that all too often gets overlooked:
The mighty “Cleanse” spell.
I remember when we initially started running Naxx, and there was the concern over making sure Maexxna’s poison got removed off the main tank, as fast as possible. There were the general strats of using a druid for Abolish Poison, or a shaman with a Cleansing Totem…
In the end, though, I found that the most reliable option of all, was to just do the job myself. Decursive is typically a healing add-on, but why should a pally tank be afraid of using it too? I’d just keep my mouse cursor hovering over my own debuff box, then immediately click off the debuff as soon as it was placed on me. Didn’t really get in the way of my threat rotation, worked just as well as the other options, and best of all: left my life in my own hands – and we all know tanks are control freaks at times.
Now, in Ulduar, I’ve come across another encounter with the same mechanic, albeit even *more* deadly. This would be Steelbreaker in the Assembly of Iron fight. He places a nasty DoT on the tank, immediately after hitting him with Fusion Punch. This DoT is pretty much a guaranteed wipe, unless it is removed *immediately* upon being placed.
So again, why leave your fate in your healers’ hands? Why burden them with the extra task of cleansing your debuffs, when they should be allowed to simply focus on healing through the damage? So the same strat applies – simply start spam-clicking that debuff icon in Decursive, as you see Fusion Punch being cast. And just halt your threat rotation long enough for that one general cooldown you’ll need to get the Cleanse spell off. And simple as that, you’ve kept yourself alive, while taking a significant burden off your healers (and DPS, if you’d normally have a Ret pally doing that same thing).
I mean, if it’s one of the special benefits that comes with being a paladin, why not make the most of it?