Holding Threat as Warrior!
I've been raiding prot since Burning Crusade, and i've never run into threat problems. For wotlk Ive been in a casual raiding guild trying to progress through Ulduar, and either the dps was low, or smart with omen, because i never had any problems about threat, ever. Recently i got invited as a trial to a very high end raiding guild clearing 25 man Ulduar hard modes. I thought id do fine besides the point Im pretty undergeared for 25 man hard modes, let alone 25 man Ulduar in general.
So i start my first raid, and it goes pretty bad. Dps is pushing the max dps ive ever seen in a raid. Im barely pushing enough threat to get above dps, and usually not even enough without constant taunts. I figured my TPS just plain out sucked, either because of my current gear/spec, or because of how well geared the dps was. They usually have a paladin main tank who is pretty much the best there is. Not only is he skilled, but hes a paladin, so his TPS is easily double the dps'. So I come in and I look like garbage.
Now my question is basically how do i fix this. Its most likely my gear/spec. I have always geared for mitigation so my hp has been low, but recently ive gemmed alot of stamina and enchanted stam enchants, so I could get enough to survive longer. I dont know if its just the whole warrior rage starvation thing, but even when i have max rage and Im spamming every top TPS move in a perfect rotation, I cant do that much.
Ive researched some and have looked at top guilds on other servers (Ensidia, Method, Exodus, etc) and looked at their warrior tanks. I noticed almost all of them is using 2/5 shield specilization. that struck me odd. There missing out on 3% more block, and most of them didnt even have above 16% block, and I always figured below 20% of any mitigation kind of..sucks. But im starting to think ive got this all wrong. I know 3.2 will really boost my dps/tps, but even then If im having problems now, ill have problems in 3.2 and my tps still wont be as good as It could be.
So what im asking you is to maybe give some suggestions. Either straight up tell me your techniques, or armory me and tell me maybe im gemming/enchanting/speccing wrong, because im doign SOMETHING wrong. This wouldnt be such a big deal if it werent for the fact that staying in this top end raiding guild relies on how good my tps is going to be, and if I can show them a large increase in my tps, I think even if its low they will still understand how dedicated I am, and that im not just sitting ignoring the fact that I need to ask for some help.
Right now I can already gaurantee my spec is not the best it could be. I have also never stam stacked, but it seems like Im resorting to it now, and I want it to end. Im also sure part of this tps issue is due to the fact im still in 25 man naxx gear/t7 while the dps is in conquerors and 25m ulduar gear.