Bruiser is my first tank lass and well a couple of things about this conversation strike me as odd. Now then the brawler AA lines seem off to me. As a brawler, MA is more important and that's in the STR line, as the MA offers more chances to get off attacks then attack speed for a fighter. Attack speed is for more DPS based classes, which are scouts not fighters. Heck with my bruiser I choose to favor STR, WIS, and INT lines. Working on these lines has not only helped overall DPS, without trying, but allowed my bruiser to blow through alot of content quickly. The only thing I could see avoiding in the brawler line is mantis leap, as it's just a hate gain, and even if one does bother maxing it out a minor one at that. The most handy thing to try and max out with the main brawler section of AAs is Brawlers Tendancy, as it can help if heals are lacking. As for stone cold, it's a group AE, not a pesonal one. All you have to do is read the text on it to understand that. My brawler tends to rely more on Combat Mastery as it lets the group do max damage for a limited time. It also seems to proc faster then Stone Cold. So if the group can do more damage, the mobs die faster and folks can move on faster if that is what they want. Now am I the most experienced bruiser in the game? Hardly only been playing for about 4 years now. Am I a raider, hardly I don't raid as most of the ones on my server have huge egos and tend not to like the more causal player. I'm not causal but I am not one to support that line of thinking. Also my bruiser is geared more toward soloing as when it comes to a group I get asked for my guardian more then the bruiser. So my advice come from a solo point of view in the long run for a bruiser, with minimal grouping.