So, I am having a little bit of a dilemma gearing wise. I will preface this statement by saying Wotlk is a TON better about gearing up for heroics/raids than TBC. Looking at my list of things I want/need for heroic/raid tanking, 4 of the pieces are craftable by me (JC or BS) and they are all not that far removed from best in slot pre-25 man raid gear. As a side note, HUGE shout out to Honorshammer for his excellent spreadsheet which can be found on the maintankadin forums.
This is my current dilemma. To put things into perspective, my guild has two tanks who can run heroics and are active. We have a third who has a tank, but took the tank out of the guild and caused some bad feelings. We have a druid who should be able to tank heroics, but is more used to ranged DPS so is not as effective in the role. I had been hoping to run through a couple heroics in my retribution build (my ENTIRE reason for dual speccing to begin with), pick up enough gear that I would be viable for other heroics, then tank when needed and DPS when not. However, recently, our geared tanks havent been on much. This brings me to my dilemma. I am currently wearing the tanking belt from Kara. I added an eternal belt buckle, and I have it socketed with +18 stam gems. As a jewelcrafter, I could replace the +18's with +41's, giving me an extra 46 stam. The more efficient alternative is to wait, hopefully get enough runs through heroic UP that I get the belt from there (and hopefully the sword), which I could also buckle and socket and would be a huge improvement.
The reason this is a tough decision is that both the tanking ring and necklace both require both jewelcrafters marks (6 each) and dragon eyes (4 each I believe). Cutting dragon eyes will mean it takes me longer to make the other tanking pieces, slowing my gearing up more. I bought the ring pattern last night, I'm wearing either a Kara or ZA ring so I could use the upgrade.
In other news, still accumulating funds for my epic flyer. Its slow and tedious. I have been selling ore and Brilliant Autumn's glows and isolated crafted or dropped gear for a few hundred gold a week. I'll get there eventually. I also FINALLY completed the aspirants challenge, so I'm now a valiant with the Argent Tournament, giving me a few more easy dailies for $. Also, started leveling my mage again with an eye on outlands. Currently level 46 in Tanaris.
Anyways, thought I would get everyone's opinion. . .
Mid Afternoon Quickie
6 months ago