In case you hastily clicked on the Cleric tanking thread while looking for the BIS list for gear and lessers, here’s the link that you really want. Feel free to read the tanking guide when you get done looking at the BIS list.
First thing’s first… Tanking crafted gear.
The following gear are items that you’ll want to have crafted if you plan on tanking. You can potentially use blue augments if you’re hurting for plat, but since a tank can make/break a raid, I would personally just suck it up and spend the money on the good stuff… it will make your life much easier. All of the crafted gear for tanking (with the best augments,) will be used well into tanking the raid encounters.
Remember that as a tank, gear effectiveness is calculated via the amount of effective health points (eHP,) it gives. Just because a piece has better armor or block or endurance than another piece, doesn’t mean it’s better. Dodge/Parry scaling is still inferior to block, and is also granted in smaller quantities than block is, which is really a double insult. The toughest decision when upgrading gear is going to be the weighing the amount of endurance versus the amount of wisdom/block a piece gives.…