Where on your character sheet can you see where your Block Value is at? i know block rating is under defenses but i'm not sure if that at all ties into value. I know its a ridiculously noobish question, but i am stumped.
Yeah, it doesn't show up. You are asking a common question.
Prior to Naxxramas it was rare that you would see many items with Shield Block Value, and impossible to build it as a viable stat. That's most likely the reason it never made it to the Character Pane... though it sure would be nice if they added it soon.
Go block a mob for now, as Klimpen says. TankPoints by Whitetooth is a very good mod that you may want to pick up.
Hey guys, i took your advice and got Tankpoints, very useful mod! Is there a recommended BV number for starting Karazhan? cuz i'm not sure what to get first, the Azure Shield of Coldarra or the Gnomeragan Auto-blocker trinket.
I barely had any block value when I started Karazhan. I was a new tank, and didn't really even see the value in it (ha, pun). Honestly, it's a great stat, but it isn't needed, especially when you're first starting out. I'd just suggest getting the autoblocker trinket, the devlishark cape, and maybe a block value ring if you haven't anything better. But if you're just starting out, I'd say there are other stats that are more important to focus on.
I made a thread on it in the WoW forums, before people post kara started posting, something in the 200-300 range is about normal, post kara, 500+ is the standard. with guys like nerfie hitting over 900.
auto-blocker will serve you like no other in terms of a combination mitigation/threat trinket. pulling off a 2k Shield Slam Crit on a mob 1 second into the fight GUARANTEES no accidental heal/early dps agro will occur, and for 3 more SS's you'll be pushing the threat meters to higher heights to allow good dps to ride the curve and kill things faster.
It provides a higher yield to %crit reduction.
I think the resilience from the shield alone gives you about .5-.8% crit% reduction, which is equivalent to a lot of defense.
Currently I run my tanking set with [item]Merciless Gladiator's Plate Shoulders[/item] and [item]Merciless Gladiator's Plate Chestpiece[/item] which with bonus gives me 78ish resilience. And i am suffering from a drop in defense from two slots, but i still have around 460-470 defense (around 4.8-4.9% crit reduction) while having nearly 2% crit reduction from resilience alone. That means i could drop my defense all the way down to 3.6% crit reduction and still be uncrittable. ;]