Thanks for the advice I broke down and bought HoT so I could make a revenant and I'm going more towards the dps side of things right now because I didn't realize you had to be lv 80 to use a shield as a revenant xD.
Yeah, and it takes a while to properly unlock all of that ability line. But some advice to get you started; do EVERY hero point challenge you see. ALL OF THEM. That will give you a head start on fully unlocking your elite spec. In the meantime I find mainhand sword to be a nice defense option because skill 3 has a long duration evade on it, and trust me you should never underestimate the value of an envade-tank. Off-hand sword also has a block skill on it, as does the staff. A rev's hammer is their ranged weapon, and staff is melee, so get used to that bit of oddity. Oh, and for now your defense/tank/semi-spam-able taunt all come from the dwarf stance, so I suggest you invest in it for now.