Question about gear Prot Pal.
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Gear fitting that build is readily available. I am wearing mostly gear that fits that build, although I play Ret as my MS.
There isn't too much to work with from normal heroics, unfortunately.
It is safe to go towards the Sta > Hit 7.5 > Exp 15 > Haste > Mastery > Dodge = Parry build, but while leveling up it reallllly does not matter.
It is viable to go for mastery as well, although if I am tanking, I prefer haste.
There is plenty of gear in dungeons that fit either of those builds, however, I am pretty certain that once you get into LFR, unless you DPS as ret, any piece that has haste on it will be flagged as a dps item and you are not eligible.
If you are just working through normal heroics, the stats on your gear doesn't make a huge difference, just reforge for what you need - As long as you understand that this isn't okay in the long run, you will be fine.
There are a few additional pieces from the Conquest vendor, if you don't mind capping per week.... There is a 483 belt with hit/haste and a socket on it, 483 shoulders with haste/expertise, and bracers with haste/mastery.
They are not at all bad pieces for either Prot or Ret, and a few others, I just don't recall the exact stats =/
My point is there are plenty of gearing options.
We're not in Cata anymore where most of our tankiness was tied to gear (CTC). Take anything that doesn't have crit, and don't be one of those prots that do the cool thing, stacking haste, but then mess up their rotation badly.
I'd rather take a piece with traditional, subpar tank stats over a piece with useless crit anyday. Unless it has a lot of gem sockets or something, like Warbelt of Sealed Pods. That's a halfway decent tank item for an example, reforge the crit away and it's not bad (you should still pass to a DPS though :-P ).
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