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Berkman
07-22-2009, 03:40 PM
Armory Link: 15/3/53 (http://www.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Alleria&n=Berkman)

Raiding Role: Main Tank

Progression: Guild is on farm status with all 10-mans with the exception of Ulduar where we're 8/14. We have recently branched to 25-man Naxx and are making plans in the next several weeks to take a shot at 25-man Ulduar.

Gear: My gear is everything you could expect from 10-mans, heroics and badges.

Question: Basically I am trying to figure out the best combination of gear that I can use to be the best all-around tank. I have a large collection of gear and I am trying to figure out which pieces I should wear to find the right balance in the battle of HP vs. Armor vs. Defense vs. Dodge vs. Parry.

Currently: I try to wear the gear that gives me the most HP while also staying above the 540 defense minimum, this setup can be found in the armory link above. Unfortunately going with this method I continually lack the needed points to maintain 540 defense so I am having to use Defense elixirs to meet the 540 requirement.

Slot By Slot Breakdown: (note, I will only list slots that I have more than one tank item for)

Head

Tempered Titansteel Helm (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41387) : +18 Stamina Enchant, +24 Stamina Blue Gem, +21 Def/5% Block Meta Gem
Thane's Tainted Greathelm (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39395) : +18 Stamina Enchant, +8 Expertise/+8 Hit Rating Orange Gem, +21 Def/5% Block Meta Gem

Neck

Medallion of the Disgraced (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39470)
Titanium Earthguard Chain (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=42646) : +8 Expertise/+12 Stamina Purple Gem

Chest

Heroes' Dreadnaught Breastplate (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39611): +275 HP Enchant, +24 Stamina Blue Gem, +8 Expertise/+12 Stamina Purple Gem
Massive Skeletal Ribcage (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39398) : +275 HP Enchant

Gloves

Heroes' Dreadnaught Pauldrons (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39613) : +2% Threat/10 Parry Enchant, +8 Expertise/+12 Stamina Purple Gem
Fireproven Gauntlets (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44183) : +2% Threat/10 Parry Enchant

Waist

Stormtempered Girdle (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45304) : +24 Stamina Blue Gem
Ancient Aligned Girdle (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37241) : +24 Stamina Blue Gem
Waistguard of Living Iron (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40689) : +24 Stamina Blue Gem

Legs

Heroes' Dreadnaught Legguards (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39612) : +55 Stamina/+22 Agility enchant, +24 Stamina Blue Gem, +8 Expertise/+12 Stamina Purple Gem
Legplates of Inescapable Death (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39258) : +55 Stamina/+22 Agility enchant, +24 Stamina Blue Gem, +8 Strength/+8 Defense Orange Gem
Bolstered Legplates (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43500) : +55 Stamina/+22 Agility enchant, +8 Expertise/+12 Stamina Purple Gem

Trinkets

Repelling Charge (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39292)
Seal of Pantheon (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=36993)
Essence of Gossamer (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37220)
Valor Medal of the First War (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40683)

Shields

Shieldwall of the Breaker (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45707) : +20 Defense Enchant, +24 Stamina Blue Gem
The Skull of Ruin (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39276) : +20 Defense Enchant
Royal Crest of Lordaeron (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43085) : +20 Defense Enchant
Titansteel Shield Wall (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=42508) : +20 Defense Enchant

Weapons

Stoneguard (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45700) : +25 Hit/+25 Crit Enchant
Slayer of the Lifeless (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39344) : +25 Hit/+25 Crit Enchant
Teldrassil Protector (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45076) : +25 Hit/+25 Crit Enchant
Goal
As mentioned earlier, I am trying to simply figure out the best combination of gear to wear while staying as close as possible to 540 defense while also maintaining the other critical tanking skills and HP... and I'd love to give up my reliance on Defense elixirs if possible.

Thanks before hand for any and all help.

Spazlord
07-22-2009, 05:05 PM
A few things. Get the proper helm enchant from Argent Crusadae - 37stam/20def - it's a lot better than a LW patch. Use the stam/armor meta gem over the def/sbv, much more bang for your boss tanking buck.

Get the defense enchant to your chest piece, and to your cloak if you don't already. That should sort out your defense elixir issue, and you can use a HP flask instead, or a better elixir combo (hp/exp maybe).

For boss tanking, Ulduar tanking, etc.. you'll get more mileage from avoidance/threat pieces than block pieces.