Wear a defense trinket?
Wear another defense ring?
Wear a defense cloak?
If not, 12 defense to bracer + 12 defense to cloak.
I had Dragonscale-Encrusted Longblade drop for me yesterday from Kalecgos but this sword brings a new problem:
It takes me under the 490 defense cap to 481.
Heres my armory with the gear I currently wear minus the sword equipped.
I somehow have to make up 22 defense rating and Im not sure if the best way is to regem or re-enchant some gear for it.
I wouldn't suggest using the sword at all. You get more expertise with Brutalizer being an orc so it makes a better weapon overall. I would use another Brutalizer with a executioner chant for a threat weapon. As Xav said alot of your gear needs replacing including the items he mentioned and your neck as well.
I know new items are shiny and you will always want to use it but always ask yourself this question, "Is it really better?"
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Agg's tanking guide
Orc's should always pass this sword to other tanks. It's nice when you have a lot of expertise already form Sunwell gear, but until then...ehh. BEsides which, it's a far better upgrade for non-Orcs.
You should replace that awful overrated neck.
It was a good neck pre-3.0. Don't say it's overrated as is the best option (till Brutallus) on that slot in your threat gear if you are a Scryer.
In summary, TBC raiding is easy. 9/10 encounters can be summarized with 1 phrase. Stay out of the fucking fire.
Panda Cub with a Gnome pet!
VASTLY overrated. Particularly for an Orc with Brutalizer.