I'm still trying to get myself situated with gear and what not. Over the course of my travels i've inspected my fairshare of brewmaster monks to see what sorts of gear the grab and of everyone i've inspected they seem to gear far diffrently than me.
These other monks stack stamina, every gem is for stamina. They use the stam /dodge trinket, whilst i try to go for pure agi.
Should i be making the switch over to stamina?
Is there a health point that i want to achieve? (452.5k unbuffed right now)
Do i want those stam/dodge trinkets?
Are you doing heroic raiding (progressively?) Or are you being 1-shot by the boss? If you answer no, then you don't need anymore stamina.
There's not a health point you want. Fully buffed I have 500k health (that's with food). You want haste/agility.
15% exp>7.5% hit> Haste> Crit> all other stats.
You need to get to 15% exp as soon as you can.
Not having 15% isn't the end of the world and you will not die instantly. 15% is guaranteed Chi generation and is pure choice. A full night of raiding (that's 3 hours for me) I had a grand total of 26 KS parries. I never noticed. That is on average. It is sometimes a little less and sometimes a little more. I rarely notice it.
Agi gives a tiny bit of dodge, but not enough to rely on for alot of dodge mitigation. Also helps crit a small amount which could lead to a *bit* more elusive brew stacks.
Crit scales really well. So it's not just "a bit", it's actually very noticeable.
i really don't see how gemming like a dps is good for tanking.
Then you do not understand how this class works mechanically. Everything we do is based off the damage of our weapons (speed does not matter) and our AP. Everything. Our Guard? Scales like crazy from AP. EH? AP. t30 talents? AP. GotO? AP. It's not the damage it's going to give you, but how it buffs (indirectly) your "defensive" (read: healing & absorbs) abilities. Stamina does nothing for how much they heal you, how big the absorb is, or how much damage your KS is going to do to something.
Stamina oriented gemming's never let me down but that's not to say something else wouldn't work either.
Because this isn't BC or Wrath anymore. Stam stacking provides slightly more mitigation than mastery. But falls short compared to agility, haste, and crit.
If it didn't work, i'm sure no one would be saying gem mostly haste, mostly agi, or mostly crit.
Get as much haste, agility, and crit as you can. Stamina is only useful if you need it to survive the hits.
To the OP- I wrote a pretty detailed guide on brewmasters, it would save you a lot of effort if you would take a few minutes and search through it to find what you're asking.
To those advocating 15% expertise- not having 15% is not as bad as the lot of you make it seem. It is reliable generation, but a parried KS isn't going to end your life. If you don't like to idea of not having it, that's totally understandable and is 100% a play-style decision, but 7.5% can and will get the job done so long as you're comfortable to reacting to some RNG.