Greetings I was hoping you might be able to shed some insight onto where I may have gone wrong or what I need to do to be success full in heroics, and lead my guild into Kara.
Here is my gear:
57% Avoidance (w/o Holy Shield up)
Seemed that I was meeting all the minimum requirements to head into KZ. However last night did a Heroic Slave Pens run, and found it almost impossible for me to take 3 mobs at a time. With a lack of CC running 2 shammy's in the group, we had ALOT of wipes, an almost 2 hour run to the end.
I never felt so under geared, but I just don't see where I can up in gear without running heroics. Is there something I have missed along the way?
Thanks for your time,
Zertlek of Khaz'goroth
Those are about the stats that I started Heroics with. I can tell you, I couldn't handle 3 guys beating on me back them either. Not only do the mobs in Heroic Slave Pens hit relatively hard for a new tank, but they also have debuffs which lower your armor. That can be deadly at your gear level.
But you made it through the instance. That's something you should really feel good about. Here's how my first Heroic Slave Pens run went.
The one piece of advice I'll give you looking at your Warcrafter. Gems. Gem for Stamina. When you are starting out there is no other gem in the game other than Solid Star of Elune. Forget the socket bonuses. Don't gem for Defense, or Avoidance (AGI). Gem for Stamina.
The second point I'll make is that the Keepers of Time offer the Timewarden's Leggings. I find them superior to the Felsteel Leggings in every regard.
When you are starting to do Heroics, you are going to need Crowd Control, I don't care what your class. Some of the late pulls in Heroic Slave Pens involve mobs that Fear you, or mobs that Mind Control. You want those suckers Mind Control.
When you come back in a month or so and are more geared you can just AoE everything in site, but until then get friendly with Mages, Warlocks, Hunters, and other Crowd Control classes.