This is going to be my 1st post on several about tanking gear and weapons. Having the right spec is very important but having the right gear to support your spec is equally important. They have to go hand in hand. Warriors are very gear dependent, specially for someone who is looking to become an end game tank. You will need gear to take the hit with mobs hitting harder than ever. This post will be about gear. I will try to focus on gear that you can get from quest rewards, the auction house and regular 5 man instances. I will assume you are trying to get your warrior ready for Karazhan and you haven't had the chance to get into any heroic instances. What's good about BC is that, quest rewards provide some of the best gear out there. It will be enough to support you and take you into the regular instances to get more gear.
WEAPON (ONE HANDED)
I won't even bother listing any two handers for tanking. There is no way you can tank effectively using a two hander. It is one of the best tanking weapon you can get pre raid and pre heroic. +30 STA on this axe is the best stat of this weapon. It has decent speed and dps also.
Where to get it? Quest Reward! You have to finish the Cipher of Damnation quest line. I know it is a long quest line, but once you hit shadowmoon valley you will one way or another get the quest to start the line. I suggest to start looking into this quest around level 69. Personally, I am still using this axe. It is currently my weapon of choice for tanking 5 man normal/heroic instances and Karazhan until I get a better one.
Netherwing Protector's Shield
There are several choices on shields. What I am listing here is a quest reward. Granted that you will need a flying mount to work on the quests, you won't need to run any intances or luck to get this. You need to complete Ally of the Netherwing to get this shield. As you have noticed, this is the end result of the Netherwing Drake quest line. You will be neutral as soon as your done with it.
Shield of the Wayward Footman
If you do not have a flying mount. This is another good choice. I have usually seen it in the AH, so you will want to keep an eye out for this. Or you might get lucky and this shield drops for you!
Eventually you will be running the regular 5 man instances and you will want to keep an eye out on the following shields that are better:
Aegis of the Sunbird
Dropped by High Botanist Freywinn in Botanica
Platinum Shield of the Valorous
Dropped by Ambassador Hellmaw in Shadow Labyrinth
This is a nice bow for starters and it is relatively easy to get. It is a reward from this quest Mark V is Alive! Now, this is temporary and you will need to keep an eye out of the following range weapons in instances:
Melmorta's Twilight Longbow
Dropped by Chrono Lord Deja in Black Morass
Dropped by Nethermancer Sepethrea in The Mechanar
Now, do you have any tanking weapon in mind that you want to suggest? Something that's easy to get in quests? In normal instances?
21 hours ago