There seems to be several options available at the moment for red gem slots on tanking gear, and i often wonder which i could be using.
I recently got the Tier7 gloves, to which i decided to place a "Guardians Twilight Opal" [+8exp / 12stam] into the slot, since the Warrior-T7 had pretty much the same stats.
Whereas previously, i had opted to have the +parry option [Glimmering Monarch Topaz]. The other option i seen was for the +dodge, although i have been shying away from dodge-gems because of what i hear of the diminishing returns they implemented.
Tonight i got the T7 Shoulders, so im wondering if i should stick the Glimmering Topaz in, or the Twilight Opal again.
I'm actually up to 41 buffed expertise skill using all guardian's gems in my reds. Once I finally get my last laugh I will be at 46 expertise skill and will be almost completely void of parries. I could keep it lower and just wail out str/stam gems.
Personally I like to be able to keep my threat going constantly.
I have not done much theorycrafting of which of these gems would really maximize the slots efficiency, but I can tank everything in the game atm, including sarth 3 drake in my current setup.
Interesting, what about the str gems or str/sta gems (should they exist, I don't know...)?
I suppose there is a point where strength becomes more interesting than expertise...is this point beyond the expertise hard cap? I'm searching solutions to improve my TPS/DPS so your advice may be very useful
I can't see strength/stam ever being better than expertise/stam until you're at the expertise hard cap of 14%.
Aside from that, I'm thinking I may swap my exp/stam in to dodge/stam once Ulduar hits, unless it's clear I'll almost always be tanking only one mob. We'll just have to see, PTR should give me a good enough indication to have my resocketing all figured out for live.