Prot War - Which cloak for T12 content?
I don't pay too much attention to gear on the PTR's - a lot of times it changes before live, so I don't see much point to getting all worked up about the new gear when its available on PTR. So with that in mind, I hadn't looked at the gear released in 4.2 too much. So last night, when my guild went into Firelands to start on Shannox and I got to Friendly with the Avengers of Hyjal, I was kind of shocked to see that my new cloak for T12 content... kinda sucks. I'd already picked up the Mantle of Patience from the Thrall questline earlier that day and equipped that over my Wrap of the Great Turtle (my guild didn't kill Heroic Al'Akir), and looking at it, I'm not entirely convinced that the Hyjal rep cloak is actually an upgrade. Here's what Vexryn's Tank Gear List shows for Cloak choices for now:
So like I said, I'm currently wearing the Mantle of Patience. I'm figuring out my avoidance with the below quoted macro from another thread that I've lost track of. Here's what my avoidance numbers come out to, unbuffed standing in Stormwind:
 Durable Flamewrath Greatcloak Reputation Avengers of Hyjal: Friendly Parry/Hit
 Permafrost Cape (Heroic) Drop Throne of the Four Winds: Alakir (Heroic) Random (tank) enchantment
DARKRAWR NOTE: Permafrost cape can come in Bouldercrag (143 Dodge/ 143 Parry) or in Rockslab (143 Mastery / 143 Dodge)
 Mantle of Patience Quest Firelands: The Vow Dodge/Mastery
Mantle of Patience = 83.9234% Avoidance
/run b=GetBlockChance() d=GetDodgeChance() p=GetParryChance() m=5 if UnitRace("player")=="Night Elf" then m=m+2 end a=m+d+p+b DEFAULT_CHAT_FRAME:AddMessage(a.."% Avoidance")
Durable Flamewrath Greatcloak (pre-reforge) = 83.1221% Avoidance (loss of 0.8013% avoidance, gain of 40 Stamina)
Durable Flamewrath Greatcloak (Parry -> Mastery) = 83.4926% Avoidance (loss of 0.4308% avoidance, gain of 40 Stamina)
Looking at this, I'm not sure that I believe the loss of 0.43% avoidance is worth the 40 stamina gain. At best, I'm thinking its a wash. These numbers might be slightly off from what the final product would be - the cloak has so much parry on it, that it puts my Parry a full 2.5% ahead of my Dodge, and as a prot warrior, I want to have about 2% more Parry than Dodge, so I'd maybe reforge another 0.5% back into dodge from parry. I can't see that being a very significant overall avoidance gain though, so we're still talking 0.4% avoidance loss, to gain 40 stamina. Is that really an upgrade? I don't think it is.
On top of that, this difference would be even bigger with the Permafrost Cape off of Al'Akir - particularly a Rockslab (dodge/Mastery) cloak. Unfortunately I can't actually tinker with the numbers on a Permafrost Cloak, as I don't have one, but if anyone out there could, I'd be curious to hear your results. I just can't see the Durable Flamewrath Greatcloak being better than Permafrost at all, and not more than very marginally better than the Mantle of Patience.
Does anyone out there have some sort of thoughts otherwise on the cloaks available to prot warriors (specifically prot warriors, as we value parry more than our paladin counterparts) or on how the cloaks should be ordered?