Once again, excellent guide. I notice that you've got each slot divided up into four categories. I've read the "sources" description at the top of your guide but I'm looking for some insight as to what makes the third group. The fourth is obviously pre-WotLK and the first is tier pieces and so forth but I'm a little confused about the second and third groups.
DK avoidance will be listed in the same way for 2Hs. If you'd rather DW (assuming tanking is practical that way) find two weapons and add their avoidance values together.
Sorting... within categories it's by source, then descending by ilvl, then alphabetically I think. They are not ranked by any of the values listed; that's what the coloring is for. Trying to rank each piece would be complicated, balancing each of the stats, as well as undoubtedly biased towards whatever I personally would prefer. The colors make this a ranked list (not by order though), and for each stat it's fairly easy to compare between pieces.
Ya im not sure if it didnt make the cut or if it was forgotten, but there is a trinket that is dropped in Heroic Violet Hold off of Lavanthor i would post the link to it but not sure how so here it is in text form lol.
Equip: Increases your sheild block rating by 74
Use: Increases the block value of your sheild by 440 for 20 sec.
on another note, this has got to be the best thread ive ever seen for tank gear, Timetheos, you rock man
I havent even looked at the other fourms yet but so far this is my favorite site for raw info.
-DK avoidance stat was removed, as DKs can't use ranged weapons
-I added coloring to the pre-WotLK ranged weapons, and recolored everything accordingly. This is not something I have done elsewhere. The only reason I have done this is to emphasize Barrel-Blade Longrifle - Item - World of Warcraft, which is currently the best ranged weapon in game for avoidance and for blocking, due to its sockets. The two weapons that were colored are BoE; one from Doomwalker and one from engineering.
It was probably omitted because it was just a given that a Death Knight would want to equip Sigil of the Unfaltering Knight, but could I ask for that sigil to be added to the list somewhere, and calculated into the Death Knight's avoidance, please? This is such a fantastic compilation of gear, I was hoping to see the contribution of that sigil as well.
I'm just starting to get into specialized sets as the next step in my sort of personal progression as a tank, and this list is friggin priceless.
I'd love to see it in a format where it was all visible at once, for ease of printing/highlighting, etc (or a spreadsheet, as someone else mentioned). I know that's all a ton of work though, there's so much great stuff here.
Regardless, this will be a big factor in how I choose my pieces for each set.
I couldn't help but noticing that there was no explanation to how you gemmed the DK gear for AvDK. For both your Av/AvB gemming, you used Enduring Forest Emerald (+8 def, +12 sta) for blue slots.
I am not sure how other classes work, but I do know that DKs gain more overal avoidance with dodge than defense. Wouldn't it be better to gem the blue slots with Regal Twilight Opals (+8 dodge, +12 sta)?