There are a lot of new threads popping up with people asking if ITEM X is better than ITEM Y, and they are very valid questions because they're comparing items of equal stat value. And the answer in all cases is simply: pick the gear that's best for the current encounter.
So here is the gear list that I have compiled. There are 3 main sets: (1) Balanced set with Avoidance and Hit/Expertise, (2) Trash set with SBV/SBR and (3) Situational or Progression set with Avoidance. These are all Item Level 213+ so they would be considered best-in-slots for now, with the exception of trinkets and rings.
Rings and Trinkets are for you to choose depending on personal preference. There are nice DPS trinkets with AP, Hit, Crit or Strength that could fit well in the Trash set.
I would be interested to hear if anyone would wear something different for any of these sets. I haven't really grinded any numbers and I don't have all the gear below either, so it's sort of a wishlist with some theorycrafting on the side.
Thus, I would include it in my High Avoidance/Progression tanking set.
I'd also consider most SBV/SBR pieces preferable for trash tanking. At certain levels of hit size and block value, SBR surpasses dodge rating point for point. We are seeing these levels in Naxx10/Naxx25.
You may want to make four lists:
- Trash/heroics/weak hitters
- Max dps gear (while being uncrittable so you'd assume the piece would have defense so this list won't include dps gear.)
- Max Survivability (Some combination of EH and avoidance)
- Balanced for bosses (Max item budget with a blend of threat and survival)
Also, as far as trinkets are concerned, I'm finding typical dps trinkets amazing for tanking trash (as a 15/5/51 warrior). Mirror of Truth and Darkmoon cards come to mind.
I'll add Signet of the Accord on there. I overlooked it because it was ILVL 200, but I suppose the Expertise is nice.
The reason I included the Tier Helm is for the 2-piece bonus. The Tier Gloves are really nice, so to add just one more piece to get the bonus is worth it. The Tier Shoulders and BP have SBR, and the Leggings are pure Avoidance. So I liked the HIT and SBV on the Helm.
I left the Figurine out because not everyone is a JC. As I said, trinkets are free for you to choose so if you can get it, go for it.
I would still pick Platinum Mesh over Shadowed Sun. Shadowed Sun only has more Armor and STR. Dodge rating is pretty much equivalent, but Platinum Mesh has a little more Defense, which adds a little more Avoidance. You also don't want to neglect Hit and Expertise. The next "Progession" will be Ulduar, and by that time your DPS is sure to be fully decked out. So you still want to be able to hold threat with a High Avoidance Set. I just don't think extra Armor is that good for a Prot Warrior.
I just don't think extra Armor is that good for a Prot Warrior.
This is a case where math can pay off, Shadowed Sun is by far the best cloak, at least, the few times I've compared the armor differences and the gains from it. Take a look at it, you'll be surprised just how good +armor can still be for a warrior, it's why the badge ring from the Sunwell patch with armor and dodge was best in slot next to the M'uru ring