Your tank skills dont come from sword usage. This leaves u with the old just vit for tank. Well. Any skill u use under sword hits for well... u can pee harder.
Weaving int in for mdef u also gain matk. So u really lose nothing on ur tank aside from a bit of phys defense and hp but trade up ur ability to solo and group grind as a mage since u can wall and run two gear sets for each occasion.
You wont take top dmg as mage dps doing it but ur gonna laugh while tanking.
This simply lets you do more than lfp *head hang* tank. And if ppl go lol whatever cuz bosses r easy right now, u can still solo grp grind and tank. And as things get harder outshine pure vit tanks.
DO NOT FORGET
You can use your wall with your sword on. It doesnt hit quite as hard but it is a very very fast cast and it interrupts boss redzones with the pushback.
This is like the old... whats it called from iruna paladins get. I forget. Their aoe.
With all ur threat and the abundance of mana. Wall still hits decently with a sword on.
Why no mana recharge?
Simple. Put ur sword and board on. Look at the aspd. U dont need it. Ur swinging so fast even thru misses u can keep rage sword wall or provoke up easily thru it while tanking.
And if anyone bitches about u needing a break on wall grind tell em ur taking a leak.