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    Tankertots:Gear your Tank in LFD

    LFD Prot-Warrior Style

    Hey guys tinytankz again this time with a guide to use and abuse that LFD tool to get your tank raid ready. This guide is for prot warriors but can be utilized by palidans and of course to a lesser extent DK's i dont want to bulk them in with warriors as I dont play them and can offer nothing other than general tanking tips (EH wins every time)
    Weapons
    Vendor
    (H) Axe of the Sen'jin Protector (A) Teladrassil Protector Cost: 25x Champoin's Seals
    Drop:
    Falric's Wrist-Chopper Drops:Falric Heroic Halls of Reflection

    Rimefang's Claw Drops: Scourgelord Tyrannus Heroic Pit of Saron

    Peacekeeper Blade Drops: Eadric the Pure / Paletress chest drop Herioc Trial of the Champion

    Lucky Old Sun Drops: Bronjham Forge of Souls

    Red Sword of Courage Drops: King Ymiron Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle


    Crafted:NONE


    BreakDown:
    The 2 ilevel 232's falric's and rimefangs are great weapons and Really either or will work for a great pre-raid set (i reccomend getting both )The hidden gem here is that peacekeeper, the bonus stats on all the items like defense dodge and parry are nearly the same, even as we climb from 219-232 but, the blade has a socket allowing you to sacrifice str for whatever stat you choose, in the beginning you may need to socket it with defense to meet the minimum but the blade can have nearly 100stam and is the best item for EH on this list.
    Head:
    Vendor:
    (H) Headplate of the Honorbound (A)Faceplate of the Honorbound Cost 75x Emblem of Triumph

    (H) Hellscream's Greathelm of Conquest (A) Wrynn's Greathelm of Conquest Cost 50x Emblem of Triumph


    Drop:
    Second Helm of the Executioner Drops:Chest Drop Wrath of the Lich King event Heroic Halls of Reflection

    Helm of the Crestfallen Challenger Drops: Eadric the Pure / Paletress Chest Drop Herioc Trial of the Champion

    Crafted:
    Tempered Titansteel Helm

    Breakdown:
    The Crafted is a WONDERFUL starting spot as it has gobs of stamina and lots of defense the 2 things every starting tank is valued upon(aka players look at your health and care if you are critimmune) The 245 emblem helm is BiS preraid and the Tier helm is tied with the drop. Your best bet here is to farm some gold and have a titansteel waiting for you and then grab any upgrades that come but, work torwards the 245 helm and get the executioners if it drops block sets make heriocs a joke and since you are going to be doing them alot lets just build the set now.
    NECK:
    Vendor:

    Shard of the Crystal Forest Cost: 19x Emblem of Conquest

    Drop:

    Fossilized Ammonite Choker Drops:Chest Drop Wrath of the Lich King event Heroic Halls of Reflection

    The Warlord's Depravity Drops: The Black Knight Heroic Trial of the Champion

    Crafted:

    Titanium EarthGuard Chain

    Breakdown:
    The Drop is the best. The crafted should you be loaded is a great starting point and i would like to point of that the warlords depravity for those building a block set to
    Shoulders:
    Vendor:
    (H) Shoulderguards of Enduring Order (A) Shuolderplates of Enduring Order Cost 45x Emblem of Triumph

    (H) Hellscream's Pauldrons of Conquest (A) Wrynn'S Pauldrons of Conquest Cost 30x Emblem of Triumph
    Drops:
    Shuolderplates of Frozen Blood Drops: Forgemaster Garfrost Heroic Pit of Saron

    Regal Aurous Shuolderplates Drops: Eadric the Pure / Paletress Chest Drop Herioc Trial of the Champion
    No crafted

    Breakdown:
    Once more the 245 shuolders win. to start the tier gear is great and tied with the best drop ( i am really beginning to notice patterns here blizzard). The Wapachs are always on the AH and are great shuold you find yourself being a loaded alt of a rich main. Work with what you can get though and build to the 245.
    Backs:
    Vendor:
    Platinum Mesh Cloak Cost: 25x Emblem of Valor
    Drops:

    Eerie RuneBlade Polisher Drops: Falric Halls of Reflection

    Crafted:

    Durable Nerubhide Cape

    Breakdown: Start by getting the crafted Cape and farm emblems. If you see the drop great but, you may have to settle on that old vendor cloak as we dont have alot of options outside of raids for our cloaks
    Chest:
    Vendor:

    (H) Hellscream's Breastplate of Conquest (A) Wrynn's Breastplate of Conquest Cost Cost 50x Emblem of Triumph

    Drop:

    Icebound Bronze Cuirass Drops: Scourgelord Tyrannus Heroic Pit of Saron

    Scourgelord's Frigid Chestplate Drops: Scourgelord Tyrannus Pit of Saron

    Crafted:

    Breastplate of the White Knight

    Breakdown: The Crafted is BiS pre-raid and hard to replace even after walking into ICC(it will in fact last you that long) I heartily reccomend getting it but if gold is tight or this isnt a character you wanna break bank on just go with the tier gear (unless the drop happens to come while farming then i can't really reccomend the tier peice)
    Wrist:
    Vendor:

    Bracer's of Dalaran's Parapets Cost: 60x Emblem of Valor

    Drops:

    Bracers of the Herald Drops: Herald Volazj Heroic Ahn'kahet:The old Kingdom

    Crafted:

    Saronite Swordbreakers


    Breakdown:
    Ok this slot is wierd, to start the crafted are hands down the best i can not stress enough the neccesity of getting them. However if you look at the vendor some of you may notice the big text that says BIND ON EQUIP, if your main has old emblems to spare buy the BoE bracers and mail them to your warrior. The drop is of course a "hey look situation" if you see them get em if not meh.
    Hands:
    Vendor:

    (H) Hellscream's Handgaurds of Conquest (A) Wrynn's Hanguards of Conquest Cost 30x Emblem of Triumph

    Drops:

    Crystalline Citadel Gauntlets Drops:Chest Drop Wrath of the Lich King event Halls of Reflection

    Mercy's Hold Drops: Eadric the Pure / Paletress Chest Drop Trial of the Champion

    Horn-Tipped Gauntlets Drops:Gal'Darah Heroic Gun'drak

    No Crafted.

    Breakdown:
    Vendor is your best bet here. However the drop that is the 219 is a Fantastic block set piece and i recommend getting it should it drop (you look your group right in the face and tell them even if it isn't an upgrade you need it for a reason)
    Belt:
    Vendor:

    Shieldwarder Girdle Cost 28x Emblem of Conquest

    Drop:

    Titanium Links of Lore Drops: Trash mobs any regular ICC 5-Man

    Girdle of the Pallid Knight Drops: The Black Knight Trial of the Champion

    Ancient Aligned Girdle Drops: Anub'arak Heroic Azjul'Nerub

    Crafted:

    Indestructible Plate Girdle

    Breakdown:
    Crafted>Vendor>Pallid>Links Yeah pretty much that the links are again good for a block set(you want one trust me) but that crafted has so many sockets and so much stam is to be had that i cant not recommend it the Vendor is close behind and VERY cheap emblem wise (an hour or two of farming)
    Legs:
    Vendor:

    (H) Hellscream's Leggaurds of Conquest (A) Wrynn's Legguards of Conquest Cost 50x Emblem of Triumph

    Drop:

    Legplates of Frozen Granite Drops: Devourer of Souls Forge of Souls

    Legguards of Abandoned Fealty Drops: Grand Champions fight from heroic Trial of the Champion

    Bolstered Legplates Drops:Cyingosa Heroic Violet Hold

    Crafted:

    Pillars Of Might

    Breakdown:
    The Vendor is your best bet, the crafted are some of these best legs in the game and are for many many fights the BiS peice of gear. Just farm drops as you collect emblems and upgrade to your tier. If you are some kind of super rich freak those pillars are waiting for you.


    Feet:
    Vendors:

    Kyzoc's Grounds Stompers Cost: 40x Emblem of Valor

    Drop:

    Sollerets of Suffering Drops: Devourer of Souls Forge of Souls

    Black Spire Sabatons Drops: Devourer of Souls Heroic Forge of Souls

    Boots of Heartfelt Repentance Drops: Eadric the Pure / Paletress Chest Drop Trial of the Champion

    Crafted:

    Boots of Kingly Upheaval

    Spiked Deathdealers

    Tempered Titansteel Treads

    Breakdown: The boots from BS are BiS (but are nearly 10k gold At the time of this writing). The Blackspire are wonderful boots and will last you well into 25 man encounters. I heartily reccomend those with the desire to que at 80 to buy the temepred titansteel. please though avoid the vendor they are there for completness.
    Rings:

    Vendors:

    Clutch of Fortification Cost 45x Emblem of Triumph

    Signet of the Impregnable Fortress Cost: 25x Emblem of Valor


    Drops:

    Mark of the Relentless Drops: Grand Champions fight from heroic Trial of the Champion

    Keystone Great-Ring Drops: The Prophet Tharon'ja Heroic Drak'Tharon Keep

    Crafted:

    Titanium EarthGaurd Ring

    Titanium Frostgaurd Ring

    Breakdown:
    To start you need the emblem ring and one other so which to get? The drop from Trial is amazing and teh second vendor is viable for people with bad luck. Some of you savvy players notice an old ring from when saphiron was hard the frostgaurd ring. i put it here for lack of drops and the pure stam potential of the ring (to a warrior with 3 points in vitality it is nearly 1.4k hp alone) but, shouldn't really be used unless you just need a filler ring when you ding 80.
    Trinkets:
    Vendor:

    Glyph of Indomitability Cost 50x Emblem of Triumph

    Valor Medal of the First War Cost: 25x Emblem of Valor

    Drop:
    Ick's Rotting Thumb Drops: Ick Heroic Pit of Saron

    The Black Heart Drops: The Black Knight Trial of the Chapoin

    Essence of Gossamer Drops: Hardronox Heroic Azjul'Nerub

    Lavanthor's Talisman Drops: Lavanthor Heroic Violet Hold

    Breakdown:
    Those who have been paying attention will notice that i have included 2 blue items here and they are the only two blue items linked. To start one of the reasons is that the black heart is almost required and it is a hard to get drop for some so the essence of gossamer is next best. Also Ick's Rotting thumb is fantastic for an avoidance set but, at EH it is not even on the radar. The Lavanthors talisman is something every warrior should have in his bag. The block rating is HUGE and is almost essential in building a block set. So get the black hearth and the glyph but, fill in with anything you can get to start.
    Ranged:
    Vendor:

    Blades of the Sable Cross Cost 25x Emblem of Triumph

    Drops:NONE

    Crafted:

    Armor Plated Combat Shotgun

    Breakdown:
    To start there are no dungeon drops for this slot and it is one place wehre i can honestly tell you to get the crafted and dont worry about teh vendor (i know it has a high itemlevel) until you can put something in every other slot that needs your attention the gun has tons of HP and Defense on it something you will be lacking as a fresh 80 (you will have stma just not how much everyone wants)

    Sheilds:
    Vendor:

    Crygil's Discarded Plate Panel Cost: 35x Emblem of Heroism
    Drops:

    Splintered Door of The Citadel Drops:Marwyn Halls of Reflection

    Royal Crest of Lordaeron Drops:Mal'Ganis Heroic Caverns of Time:Culling of Stratholme

    Crafted:

    Titansteel Sheild Wall

    Breakdown:
    The Drop is the best and after that is a large amount of tie'ing with every othrr sheild listed being pretty much just as good as the others. I would like to add that the shieldwall is crafted and relativly cheap and is an excellent starting point for any sheildwielding tank.

    AuctionHouse Watch list:

    Harbringer's Bone Band
    Rowan's Rifle of Silver Bullets
    Band of the Traitor King Signet of the Triator King
    Northern Barrier
    Signet of the Earthshaker
    Cloak of the Iron Council
    Signet of Winter
    Inexorable Sabotans
    Signet of the Accord
    Wapach's Spaulders of Solidarity
    Burning Skull Pendant
    Refined Ore Gloves
    Tattered Castle Drape
    Waistgaurd of Risen Knight


    To begin with i recommend getting as many items before you start this grind refer to the crafted section of each slot and the AH watch list. remember to gear up for each step. Pre-Naxx Heroics need only leveling blue tank gear gemmed and such to stay crit immune. Trial of the Champion is only slightly more demanding (mostly ilevel 200's equipped). After that is Heroic Trial of the champion and Normal ICC dungeons which need all item level 200's mixed with emblem gear. Heroic ICC dungeons can be difficult and should be attempted by players who have sufficiently geared with emblems and normal ICC dungeon drops.

    Quick Tips:
    1.As you are gearing pay attention to the weekly it can be lower content that you can get into with relative ease.
    2.Talk to your guild they may be able to carry you through Naxx10 or Ulduar25 to help you gear.
    3.Always Pay attention to your group in these random pugs especially your healers mana.
    4.Be willing to learn if this is your first character some of the dungeon tricks will be unknown to you so just ask your group.
    5.Repair and stock up on pots/food after every dungeon so you wont need to port out.


    Ask a Tiny:
    I do what i can but am no miracle worker for small things feel free to ask but please utilize the HALP! section. This guide aims to get you raid ready in a timely manner.
    Last edited by Kazeyonoma; 05-10-2010 at 08:19 AM. Reason: Sheer boredom

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    This will be great to link to when it's finished. Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by Tengenstein View Post
    just don't let them melee you up the bum.

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    Shuold be all good to go guys please post any comments concerns or nitpicks as you feel are neccasary. ALSO i wuold liek to recruit a palidan or DK to help me retune this guide your your class so PM me if you are capable of helping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinytankz View Post
    Shuold be all good to go guys please post any comments concerns or nitpicks as you feel are neccasary. ALSO i wuold liek to recruit a palidan or DK to help me retune this guide your your class so PM me if you are capable of helping.
    Paladins would want the same gear as a warrior, DKs would be the same except they want 2 handers instead (most of the time). The only other difference is the ranged/relic slot, which are all vendor items IIRC.
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    just don't let them melee you up the bum.

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    Hmmmm I may just add a relic/libram section and put all three classes tier gear in here. I like frost Dk's on the principal that they use weapons meant for tanking and not my fury warriors Big old DPS 2 handers.


    CURSE YOU VALADOR

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    Two suggestions Tiny, first is that you probably should put in the ICC BoE drops since they are essentially in the same boat as the Pillar's of Might and Boots of Kingly Upheavel you listed http://www.wowhead.com/item=50444 http://www.wowhead.com/item=50447. Also I wouldn't put the frost ring priority after the Cluth since there are two other options, the Mark of the Relentless since it is a blue socket with a bonus it is only 6 stam behind the frost ring and it's plethora of avoidance, expertise and strength makes up for the 6 stamina, also the heroic DTK's ring with the extra armor gives it about an additional 45 stamina of pure EH.

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    TAlso I wouldn't put the frost ring priority after the Cluth since there are two other options, the Mark of the Relentless since it is a blue socket with a bonus it is only 6 stam behind the frost ring and it's plethora of avoidance, expertise and strength makes up for the 6 stamina, also the heroic DTK's ring with the extra armor gives it about an additional 45 stamina of pure EH.
    I would agree here. Even with the somewhat difficult aspect of gaining access to the other rings there are better options here. There are two 245+ BoE Ring drops and several 226-200 rings still available for purchase. Harbinger's Bone Band will be fairly in the expensive range on most servers. However, Signet of the Traitor King is seen quite often on the AH due to the terrific number of ToC25 pugs being run. You can also look for rings such as Signet of the Earthshaker, Signet of Winter and with the sheer number of people doing weekly raid quests and/or going back to zerg 3d you can also find Signet of the Accord. Most of which should be at the relative price of a Titanium Frostguard Ring. I'll be honest here ... if you tried to walk into an ICC10 as an Offtank with that Frostguard ring on you'd be laughed out of the instance by most people. Hell even in ToC10 you would be.

    One other thing to note, going headlong into the Heroic ICC 5mans is a bad place to push newer tanks to go to. It should be something they strive to be ready for. Hell, even Heroic ToC5 is pushing it until you truly have a bit of gear under your belt as a tank. Making sure people understand they should NOT go and try to queue for Halls of Reflection to get that axe from Falric before they are capable is a good thing. People already avoid the instance like the plague, getting queued into it with a tremendously undergeared warrior tank is not doing anyone any good.

    As for comments/nitpicks on the "guide" itself. It would be a tremendous improvement if you actually listed the instance and boss each dropped off of instead of relying on people to click the wowhead link. Ranking items from best to worst in terms of some value would also be helpful say in terms of EH, but not necessary since most of that is found elsewhere. Lastly, I would rename the guide to use Dungeon Finder or LFG tool, because LFD is not exactly what its called, nor do I know of anyone would uses the term. (Just a nitpick, but yeah, I had to click the link to figure out wth you were talking about). Its not really a guide to use just the Dungeon Finder as you are directing people to crafted and BoE as well.

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    Thanks guys both guides will be updated with emblem mat costs with a section called AH WATCH added to each that includes blues and epics from raids.

    Also each will have an In case of emergency thread that will have items that you may or may not have access to including proffesion trinkets. thanks for the feedback these critisiecms are the only way to make this guide better,

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    Thanks a bunch for sharing this gear compilation. I have a warrior tank at 77 now and am starting to build a wishlist for 80 as well.

    One thing to note about saronite swordbreakers vs this: the crafted cost 4 crusader orbs (15 emblem of triumph each = 60 emblems) plus 20 saronite, 8 titansteel and the vendor item costs 60 emblem of valor. So unless you have extra emblem of valor for some reason on another character it's not really worth converting 60 triumph emblems to valor.

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    If you notice the vendor Bracers are BoE meaning you can use your main to farm the emblems (or if you have emblems floating around on old guys) and then send them to your warrior i personally wuold never farm emblems on the warrior for them but if have been an avid raider you sometimes find yourself with lots of old emblems on your characters (especially if you bench them for a bit). Why not use them to help a fresh alt. If the warrior is your one and only high level on teh server (like meh) then just get some sword breakers.

    Alos never use emblems for orbs man frozen trades up now. You can spam Trade for 10g a frozen and pay only 240g for your crusader orbs total.

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    Yea I see that they are BoE. But, if you have a geared 80 already that has nothing else useful to buy with triumph emblems, it's pointless to buy the BoE bracers because you could use the emblems to buy the 4 crusader orbs for the superior crafted bracers. Why spend 60 triumph emblems on the BoE bracers when you're going to eventually buy 4 crusader orbs 20 saronite and 8 titansteel for the crafted bracers anyway? Save yourself the gold, use the emblems that you're not going to use anyway on crusader orbs and get the crafted bracers.

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    I don't understand why you only include the ICC crafted legs, but not the ICC crafted feet or the ICC vendor cloak, trinket, waist, gloves, chest - seems if one ICC piece is being included all should be; although, they're a just a bit beyond introductory.

    The Kirin Tor exalted gloves are pretty good tanking gloves also - as are the legs from Argent Crusade (granted they're blue, but they work)

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    @ the other one Look again no stealth edit either those kingly boots have been up there on the grounds of crafted BOE epics. Frost takes so long to get off of LFD i didnt include it. At that point it isnt a guide for the LFD but a general this gear is still relevant in patch 3.3.3 guide.
    Rep peices were not even thought of when i made the list i will rethink them but, that said by the time you use the tabard to hit exalted with a faction you are usually beyond need for said pieces(pre-naxx gearing is what i thought they were more meant torwards anyways)
    @kuzoh i can tell you havent been playing since naxx i have a toon with 200 conquest still cant get orbs with those can I? It is meant for laying around emblems some guys have old toons with last tier or tier before of emblems would like to know there are some BoE bracers.
    @krc The frost ring is not priority after clutch it is a pre-raid option i listed due to massive amounts of stam on a failry cheap to make or have made ring.
    @Jericho You cant use the LFD(Looking for Dungeon the name blizzard gave the tool) to que for things like H:PoS or H:HoR till your gear is of a certain quality in every slot meaning an under-geared tank isnt walking into those using the tool. Also as for the frost ring as a tank in ICC i have one word Sindragosa, that is all

    Hate and criticism deflection aside give me a bit many of your crazy nitpicks are being added.
    Last edited by Tinytankz; 04-22-2010 at 03:44 PM.

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    Like I said in my first reply:
    So unless you have extra emblem of valor for some reason on another character it's not really worth converting 60 triumph emblems to valor.
    So to summarize:
    -If you have a character with over 60 emblems of valor, the BoE wrists are a nice option.
    -Don't convert 60 emblems of triumph to valor for the wrist piece; buying crusader orbs and getting the crafted wrists is a better option.

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    Right but, like i said it isnt worth trading triumph for orbs on the grounds of FROZO

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    It is if you have nothing better gear-wise to spend the emblems on.

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    Ok everything but stonekeeper shard stuff added looking at them now.

    Honor gear is not really a good idea from what i am seeing. if i am wrong someone will tell me so i will wait but tanking i don't see it being an issue.
    Last edited by Tinytankz; 04-22-2010 at 06:35 PM.

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    For cloaks, you might want to add Flowing Cloak of Command to your list seeing as it has a decent amount of defense plus bonus armor and very easy to obtain on the way to 80. The crafted Durable Nerubhide Cape would actually be worse than the cloak of command for a fresh 80 tank still working on reaching 540 defense. Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions is worth mentioning as well.

    As far as honor gear goes, Wrathful Gladiator's Cloak of Triumph and Wrathful Gladiator's Cloak of Victory are very real possibilities. They both cost about 52k honor which isn't very hard to obtain (even if you don't pvp at all, if your faction controls wintergrasp for any length of time you'll earn stonekeeper shards from doing high level dungeons which can be converted to honor). Now the real comparison, neglecting all gear obtained in raids, is between these two and the vendor cloak Platinum Mesh Cloak.

    Comparison

    So you lose some defense, dodge and parry but pick up more stamina, resilience and hit/crit. As a fresh 80 the hit rating is probably more useful than the crit rating, so take the Wrathful Gladiator's Cloak of Victory.

    TL;DR: I'd pick up Flowing Cloak of Command on the way to 80, then buy Wrathful Gladiator's Cloak of Victory as soon as you have enough honor/stonekeeper's shards. Move Platinum Mesh Cloak down the list of vendor item priority (or don't pick it up at all) and buy Sentinel's Winter Cloak as soon as you have enough frost badges [1].

    [1] Emblem of Frost Pick Order
    Last edited by kuzoh; 04-28-2010 at 01:42 PM. Reason: added reference

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    You know whats funny kuzoh Is i am sitting at nearly 30k honor and was looking at the wrathful cloak over my durable nerubihide. I have ot much going on to do a comprehensive breakdown of pvp gear and it's place in thie guide yet so... I shall wait, However i will be honest after tonight my armory will show me in a wrathful hit cloak for the gobs of stam and AP

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