View Full Version : Gemming a Shield Block Set

04-24-2008, 03:01 PM
Quick question, when gemming a Shield Block set for some extra threat on trash mobs, what is the best way to gem your Gear? I have the T4 chest, belt from Moroes, bracers from Attuman, etc. that all have really good shield block value, but which I do not regularly use as I have upgrades for all those slots for regular tanking gear. So, what order is best? +Str, +hit, +crit, +agi?


04-24-2008, 03:19 PM
Get your hit capped (remember, if you're only using it on trash mobs, you need 5% hit on 70, 5.5% hit on 71, and 5.2% hit on 72's), then stack crit gems. Shield Slam damage isn't affected by your attack power, just the block value of the shield; so +SBV will improve its damage, and +crit will improve its overall damage.

Tanking trash is largely about getting a beefy shield slam off at the start of the fight.

04-27-2008, 08:39 PM
Figured this might be a good post to ask about http://www.wowhead.com/?item=35501. (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=35501)

Since I don't have any alternatives for a Meta socket, I figured socketing the Season 2 pvp helm would be good for my block value set. I had been using Horns of the Illidari - Items - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=32871) and without any helm on had just under 500 block value. After socketing the meta I assumed 10% added BV would add more than the 33 (even after talents) but instead wound up with 5 less BV using the meta. I guess I just don't quite understand the math, can anyone tell me what number the new meta actually adds to? I believe the final numbers were 536 with the green helm, and 531 with the pvp / meta combo. Shield Mastery and One-Handed Weapon Specialization full, pretty basic spec, nothing unusual. Sorry if this is a simple question, pretty sure I'm missing how easy this is to figure out.

04-27-2008, 11:13 PM
@EtSad: It adds to base only. Work your math from there.

@OP: Assuming you are T4 level and your raid is as well, the best way to make threat is to gem all stamina and lower your avoidance.

04-28-2008, 02:08 PM
Bummer, thanks for the reply though... numbers make sense now. Found your post about the meta from a few weeks ago, guess I should have looked a bit more before asking.