Protadin Triumph spending plan
ow hai. I usually do a lot of reading and theorycrafting myself but I've been wildly busy lately, just now started to read up on mages and their gear after 3.2, and she's my main even though I've spent most of my time on gearing the paladin. Just bought the last Runed orb for badges on my mage and had the crafted 226 tanking belt made (had the Conq one but the time and cost for a sidegrade was well worth it).
First, I'd like to point out that I know there are a few gaps in my gear (Audacity armory link in profile) that I'm trying to fill - tanking ring and trinkets mainly, but tanking weapon, cloak, pants and bracers are on the list too. I am also aware that my gear is a mishmash of threat, AV and EH stuff. I'd also like to point out that I am a neatness whore and I like to fill socket bonuses even if it would be better to just stick 30 stam in there. At 34.5k unbuffed I feel very safe in Ulduar-25 and I tanked 25 man beasts last night with little problems anyway (except trying to beat the server shutdown timer, random lolpugs ftw :D) so I'm not that fussed tbh.
Anyway. This results in the type of random gear that you get from gearing a tankadin in mainly heroics, and I don't have time/resources to get several offpieces to build clean cut EH/AV/Threat sets just yet, so I am looking for solid upgrades that will be good enough to be usable in different sets and last a long time. I have only random Triumph income (IE I tanked team 2 CC10 last week, Anub only, and sometimes I'm lucky to find a PuG but nothing consistent) from anything than the daily heroic so I really want to make them count on this toon.
I went for the libram first, seeing as that was the biggest upgrade for me at the time (I had a ilvl 138 libram before) and that people generally saw it as a very solid, long lasting avoidance piece. I will get my 35th badge today, meaning that I'll be able to get the ring if I should so choose. Howevever, using a ilvl 200/219 setup there's plenty of room for improvement from raid drops already and I do get into PuG's or the odd guild run on this toon. I have trinkets I'm pretty happy with, have a crab in my bags (just recently powerlevelled JC, had the cash but not the time - BS comes next) and some odds and ends ilvl 200 I switch depending on content and for an on-use AV trinket, I'd probably switch crab in rather than shell out a massive amounts of badges for a trinket that "only" gives armor when it's off.
I'd probably only look to pick up T9 pieces from VoA and not spend badges on them, even if someone says something like "but lol gloves+pants are in the BiS set!!1". I am looking to move away from the T8 stuff, the set bonus and the good stats were just a crutch to get me going, after all, 116 badges are pretty easy to farm and very good when going from quest blues, so they are just a crutch at this particular moment.
I usually don't hold out on grabbing gear upgrades, but is it worth it to put off getting the ring (or possibly trinket) and save more to get one of the more solid badge pieces, and instead hope for 219/226 stuff to drop in the random PuG's I'm in? I tend to run with other warriors or paladins since they are the most prevailing on my server, so there's often competition, but in the month or so it will take me to get enough for one of the expensive pieces, I'll have plenty chances to both pick up T9 from VoA and rings from random pugs and guild runs.
HALP PLZ KKTXH