DK Tanking Questions - Gear Upgrades and Blood Spec
Hey all, I had a question for all the DK tanking veterans regarding gear improvement progression and the fine tuning of a Blood tanking spec.
Just a bit of background, historically my main has actually been a priest - a sad, sad admission. I raided all of BC as shadow and WotLK (until I left) as holy. Generally I tend to be a Min/Max player, but luckily these tendencies have been counterbalanced by the fact that I play with real life friends and long time guild mates that have tended to be a bit more casual. So, when I was raiding DPS I made sure that even as an spriest I was in the top 5 dps and when I was holy I would get frustrated if I did not top out effective/total healing. I got extremely bored with the limited (and bland) raiding in WotLK and took a nine month sabbatical. Upon returning 2 weeks ago I decided to turn the DK into my main and have since geared him to the best of my ability through badges.
So, first question: is a DK tank for me? I know that right now Pally tanks are *the* tank. However, leveling any toon from scratch is out of the question. That being said, I do happen to have another 70 prot warrior alt that I leveled through Vanilla/BC from 20 as Prot. Realistically, would it be less frustrating for someone that leans towards Min/Max tendencies to just rush those last 10 levels and farm badge gear?
Second question: given a chance to look at my armory where would you suggest I make improvements? As of right now I am not having any real difficulties, but come next week I will be starting up a small dedicated 10man raid team that eventually aims to go for hardmodes/achievements.
Expertise & Hit ratings - how do you all reach the soft caps in the tier9 10man gear? Right now I am sitting at just under 35k unbuffed and I see DKs running around at 40k gemming purely with +30stam. Am I missing something? I have attempted to gem for as much Stamina as possible while working towards my soft caps. Even so I am finding it difficult. Hit I have however, maintaining 8% while increasing Expertise is tough. I feel like I at the mercy of Ony's loot table - constantly waiting for Reclaimed Thunderstrike. Or should I just accept the hit loss and go for the Faceplate of the Honorbound?
I am actually frighteningly tempted to just go DW Frost with 2.60 maces to leverage dwarves' +5 expertise rating to mace racial. That in, addition to the +exp food I always carry, gets me to 25 rating.
Finally, what fine tuning recommendations would you make regarding my spec? I got jokingly chastised for having not specc'ed into Will of the Necropolis, but according to Satorri's guide the math really isn't there to make this a "must have" talent.