I would like to relate my experience as of last night and ask this community if this is their experience as well.
Running ToO with another guard and I asked him if he needed any resistance food. He replied that it was useless and made no difference. I thought "Challenge accepted!" After a full run and recording every resist I had for the night I counted, 3. Not 3%or any such nice little number but a total of 3! I could not believe that could be the case and I did something I almost never do. I sparred. I got my nephew to blast away on me for more than 45 minutes of spars where I stood still and did nothing but get hit by his mini.
485 possible chances to resist---9 resists. I was traited for main boss tanking and had resist food as well as token and def scrolls. The only things I was missing would be group buffs to try to reproduce what had happened in the raid. Is this normal? Are you having the same experience as I am? I also sparred his warg and found similar numbers from tactical attacks as these, tho I admit there were far fewer numbers to look at fairly in this short experiment. All attacks were from the front in both instances and my resist rating was 11,570 I can not remember what that was in % but at 8,750 is supposed to be over 22%! In my experience I should be getting FAR more resists than my log shows. Am I missing something, or has this been your experience as well?
Resistance work also vs direct tactical damage right? can resist spell damage?
in PVE no, you cannot resist a direct dmg attack. In some cases a debuffing attack contains a damage element, and you may be able to resist that.
However in general, resistance is worthless for a tank.