I am the Officer in my guild in charge of tanking and tank development. I feel that I have a good overall understanding of the mechanics of Paladin tanking as that is my class and I have done the most research in this area.
For example: To "end game content tank" as a Paladin I feel you must meet these requirements.
You should meet or exceed all caps: D-Cap(540), Block Cap(102.4%), Expertise Cap (26), Hit Cap(263) and having met these criteria, you gear itemization should push you above 30k unbuffed HP.I have been struggling to find concise information on the mechanics of tanking for non-paladin tanks. For example, the 102.4% total avoidance or "block cap" is really only feasible due to near 100% uptime of the Holy Shield Mechanic and using 969 tanking. How the hell does a warrior meet the 102.4% total avoidance goal without Holy Shield? And lets not get in to Druid/DK tanking and the lack of mitigation by not having a shield. Am I to understand that Druids and DK's can't ever reach the point that sword and board tanks do where they can never be hit, but will avoid or mitigate all incoming damage?
At which point you should gem/enchant for stam and str/bv in order to maximize threat gen and overall survivability aiming for 2900 bv which seems to be the "golden zone" for survivability and threat gen.
What I don't want: To put you guys out by asking you to explain the mechanics of each class and the theorycrafting behind them. To be told "why don't you play the other classes noob and find out." To be laughed at for trying to be a better guild officer and help "noobs" coming up so that I can benefit the players and the guild.
What I DO want: To be pointed in the right direction. Unfortunately in addition to a busy RL job in the medical profession, my time to play WoW is limited. Something that doesn't require eleventy billion hours of reading to distill the info would be truly helpful.
Thanks for your time guys, sorry for cluttering your forums looking for info that is probably readily known and available to all of you.