RespectTheInternet Posted August 4, 2014 Share Posted August 4, 2014 Specifically, a frame who's purpose is to protect other frames from damage while disabling / aggroing* enemies. A almost 100% defender frame. When you look at the title, you either think Frost, Rhino, Valkyr, or Volt (I suppose), Loki, and Trinity. But most of them aren't actually "tanks" in a conventional sense. *By aggro I mean drawing enemy fire, like Loki's decoy. Frost's only ability that is defensive is his Snow Globe, which isn't tanking in the sense that Frost is taking damage, but rather is a Redirection skill because it just redirects all damage outside the globe. . . onto the globe. But technically, his Globe is tanking, and by transitive property, Frost is tanking you could argue. Rhino has his iron skin, but that's just a self buff skill, doesn't help anyone else except when reviving them. His stomp skill is incredibly useful I won't disagree, but the thinking behind it isn't to "protect" others, but rather to harm enemies and render them helpless. It just so happens that it can be used for reviving and regrouping as well though. Valkyr is immortal. But like Rhino's Iron skin, that isn't a particularly helpful skill to anyone except the user. Volt has his shields, but they don't perfectly block damage like Frost's snow globe unless you stack several of them all at once and mod for it for maximum effect. Loki has his decoy combined with radial disarm (Super Effective) but I feel like that's more of a gimmick than anything since you can put decoys in impossible to reach areas and almost every enemy will attack it for hours since they are all brain dead potatoes. Trinity is a healer. She has her link skill which make's her Incredibly hard to kill, but besides that her entire role is heals and energy regen. Now, while all of these frames have skills useful for taking large amounts of damage, or disabling enemy's in some way, there exists no single frame who's whole point is to take damage and disable enemies. Does anyone want that? If we did want that though, then we have to ask: Do we even Need one? Given enough time and credits, anyone can slap on a max redirection / vitality / vigor etc. and be mostly self sufficient. The high mobility all Tenno are endowed with makes for fast strafing in and out of cover while dodging hailstorms of lazers and bullets. Combined with any combination of the aforementioned frames (or some I haven't), dying almost never happens if the player is Trying not to. So, are they even necessary? tl;dr With the vast abundance of powerful game-changing warframe skills, high mobility, and powerful defense mods, is a 'defense' or tank frame wanted, or even needed? Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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