Gearing away from Dodge & Parry goes against everything I've learned about tanking - granted, I'm back after a 4-year break (left right before Cata was released.) When asking why I shouldn't take "tank" plate, I'm told that dodge & parry have such diminishing returns for a Pally - and that Pally gear priorities are completely different than, say, a Deathknight or Warrior.
Reading the Prot Pally guide, looks like I have a bit of reforging to do on the gear tonight, but before I do that, I'll need to choose the gear first. I've gotten just about every item I possibly can from the heroic dungeons, so I have a lot of that "tanky" gear stored in the bank.
Our guild is going to do our first raid tonight and I'm a bit apprehensive concerning the results.
I'd prefer going the "steady" damage route rather than the total mitigation route simply because we have quite a bit more Druid & Monk healers which tend to use more heal-over-time spells and seem to be mana-challenged when I take spike damage.
Lastly, when I reforge this evening, I will be going for a 7.5% to-hit and expertise. After those two stats, I'm a bit confused whether I should go for haste, mastery, or what. I have read the excellent sticky for Prot Pallies on this forum which states values for hit and expertise (7.5%) but have not seen valued for mastery or haste... only several choices with prioritization.
Your help is appreciated.