Post by Warlic
Ideally you could read the stickies for gear lists/stats/suggestions but I'll post a few here that stand out. Run HoL regular until you get Seal of Pantheon
and Eternally Folded Blade
. If you have any other +defense trinkets from TBC I'd recommend using those too to get to def cap. You'll need 535 for heroics and 540 for raids to be uncrittable. Socket for pure defense rating right now with either Perfect Thick Sun Crystal
or Thick Autumn's Glow
to help with def rating. Get revered with Argent Crusade to get Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector
and get Enchant Chest : Greater Defense
, Enchant Cloak : Titanweave
and Enchant Shield : Defense
. Since you're a miner I'd recommend getting the mats together and having a blacksmith make Titansteel Shield Wall
and do the quest line in Storm Peaks to get Weighted Throwing Axe
. All of this should get you in a fairly comfortable area where you could start the easier heroics.
Post by Cloud8690
I'll try to make this post a bit more organized and helpful than the previous ones.
First of all, you have 2 useless trinkets equipped. Neither will help your tanking. Run normal Halls of Lightening for Seal of the Pantheon
to replace the violet badge, romulo's vial will help you out more than that will since it has hit. Most of the helpful trinkets come from heroics, so bear with your vial until you're geared for them and get either Lavinthor's Talisman
from heroic VH, or Essence of Gossamer
from heroic AN.
Second, blacksmithing is your friend. Grab whatever pieces of crafted gear
you need from it. You're a miner so you can easily farm all the mats, or buy them off the AH if you feel like it. They can easily fill the gap in defense that you need. It takes around 4.92 defense rating to equal one point of defense. The engineer crafted gun also has a bit of defense on it, so get it made.
Third, Check Wowhead for faction rep items. Wyrmrest has amazing gear for tanks. Argent Crusade has a few pieces, as well as an amazing head enchant.
Finally, gear mods. You need enchants. Get some. Blacksmiths can make Eternal Belt Buckle
's. Get one. That's an extra belt socket for a gem. Leather Workers have a rare quality and epic quality leg armor kit, just like TBC. Get one made. Titanweave
for cloak. Gloves, choose what you want. I went with Armsman
, some tanks would rather grab Precision
. Greater Defense for chest
. Greater Fortitude
for boots. Foritude
for bracers. Defense
to shield. Your weapon enchant is kinda open, Different tanks chose old school Mongoose
, I went with Accuracy
. You're good with gems, but take Thick Autumn's Glow
until you can sacrifice the defense for stamina safely.
You're on the right path, just need a little more work. In most cases, you can get away with only 535 defense in heroics, but push for that 540 mark so you don't have to worry about it when you're raiding.