After like, 8 years of playing (I have dropped playing my mage and adopted a Warrior) I'm beginning to tank some pretty (what I consider to be) challenging instances. I've been Prot since I made the guy and I'm now level 83 - so I've had some time to learn various ropes etc.
I was fully loomed until 80 and to be honest, felt indestructible up until that point - before you yell at me - I was expecting this.
I have some very specific queries related to the tanking process I'm hoping some of you may be able to help me with - I don't want to turn out as a dead-end, standard wet-towel, RDF tank.
Firstly, what (if anything) should I be stacking in terms of mitigation stats? Parry, dodge, block or mastery?
Is it preferable to keep shield block up constantly or only when I'm expecting a big hit? My assumption has been to keep it up as much as possible to A) make life easier for the healer and B) generally take less damage overall. What I do at the moment is watch the Buff timer and re-apply as needed.
Safeguard or Vigilance? Currently I'm using Vigilance because in a dungeon environment I've never found myself in the position of having to rush to another player + I like not having a CD on Taunt.
Talent points @ Lvl 90 - I haven't really looked at these in depth but I would like an idea on choosing. I was thinking Avatar? *shrug*
Finally - reacting when things get messy? I tend to just panic and taunt anything and everything I can. I've had situations with retarded ranged pulling masses and leaving me to peel them off the rest of the group. I find Thunder Clap to be a suitable remedy but sometimes it doesn't take the biscuit. Do I simply adopt the mantra "You spank it, you tank it." ?
Thanks in advance!