Noob Warrior Tank Needs Help.
This is my first post and have been reading the guides here for a week or two. I got addicted to WoW about 2 or so months ago and haven't looked back. I went into the game basically knowing absolutely nothing just that it was extremely popular. Anyways enough blah blah.
I am still very much a noob. My first character, a human warrior (Lvl 80), I've decided to mainly be a tank. However I am having a ton of trouble with it and beginning to get very frustrated. Obviously tanks take the brunt of the blame in groups next to healers and I'm tired of getting bitched at so obviously I want to get this down. However sometimes I wonder if I made a mistake starting off trying to be a tank as it is such a critical role but I figure I've come this far I mine as well learn now.
My first mistake was not running nearly enough randoms/dungeons while lvling up. The vast majority of time I simply quested thus losing valuable learning experience as well as prolonging lvling. Part of the reason I have even decided to become a tank is because the guild I joined, a small somewhat new guild, needs tanks badly. However I feel I am letting them down even though they have been extremely helpful and cool to me. Unfortunately the only tanks we do have in the guild are a DK and a Pally. No Warriors. They have given some valuable advice but no one has experience tanking with a warrior.
My biggest problem is the most important part and that is holding aggro. I need help and advice in that area. I'll try and point out what I know I am doing wrong first of all. I have not started using keybinds but picked up that excel sheet on the guides forum and plan on putting that together with the moves I use most often. So first problem. What are my most important moves/spells to help hold aggro? I've read devastate, shield slam, thunderclap, revenge, demoralizing shout, commanding shout, disarm and others. The most used of the rotation I am looking for I will keybind into the most comfortable spots. I know learning this will not happen overnight but I figure the next couple of days/weeks I can practice in lower lvl dungeons helping guildies alts lvl.
The vast majority of the time, when it is suitable, I start off with a charge to pull aggro. If that isn't possible because of the surroundings or whatever I usually try to taunt a I guess you could call controllable amount. I know another part of my problem is I have not done nearly enough reading on specific dungeons and what not. I will be doing that as well in the coming days.
Another stupid question but I should be putting vigilance on the healer the vast majority of the time correct?
Addons? Currently I have OmenThreat and TauntMaster as far as tanking addons go. Good, bad? Suggestions on others?
Glyphs? Right now my majors are Blocking, Sunder Armor, and Devastate. Minors Thunderclap, Bloodrage, and Commanding. Good Bad? Suggestions?
Build? Currently I have followed this build adding the 2 extra points to Cruelty. Good, Bad? Suggestions?
I also know I need some enchants but our guilds enchanter has not been on in days (I only lvled to 80 a few days ago). I also figured it may be a waste to spend the gold on enchants before hitting 80 and getting decent gear.
My gear score is also pretty sad. It is only at 3.6k currently and I can't really do much about that other than spending a ridiculous amount of gold on mats or to run randoms to get emblems but obviously there is my problem. My guild is more than willing to run me when we get a group of 80's online and are very patient with me because they as I stated earlier really need tanks. So question there does better gear make it easier to hold aggro? I've heard some people say that but I don't know how much truth is behind that.
Any other suggestions you think I should know? Suggested readings? Any other information from me that would be helpful to you in helping me please ask. Yes I am a noob and am basically a below average tank at the time but that is why I am here. I want to get better and am willing to take the steps and practice it to do so.
Sorry for the length of this and the rambling I just wanted to get in what I could. This is an awesome website that has already taken me from the worst tank probably on all of WoW to at least a below average one at the time and am looking forward to any help that is offered.
Thanks in advance.