When it comes to wearing PvP gear in Heroic dungeons it’s not something I generally approve of. However, I can deal with people wearing a few pieces now and then, especially in the slots where it can be difficult getting PvE gear (like shoulders and head). When I zone into a dungeon though to find my tank in full PvP gear I am not happy.
Out of the roles that benefit the most from PvE gear tanks are the clear winners. A dps in PvP gear may do less dps, a healer in PvP gear might go oom and have less throughput. Both are frustrating, but then you have a tank in PvP gear, and it’s like healing wet paper.
A lot of tanks who queue for dungeons wearing PvP gear either don’t care or don’t understand how bad their gear really is for tanking. Resilience really doesn’t help you in PvE (it used to a bit, but it was changed some time ago I believe), and PvP gear lacks the secondary stats that are so important for tanks; ie. dodge/parry and to some extent mastery (since I realise some PvP gear do have Mastery). Your health might look mighty fine, but you will take a lot of damage when you don’t have dodge and parry.
I entered a dungeon the other day on my Holy Paladin, finding myself at the second boss in End Time. The previous healer had obviously left. As we started the boss fight I noticed that my Warrior tank was taking an insane amount of damage. To keep him alive I had to, literally, spam Divine Light. After the boss died I inspected him only to find that the only piece of actual tank gear he was wearing was his shield.
Sure, he had a lot of health (200k ish), but that doesn’t help when each hit seems to take half of it off. I kept him alive, but my Paladin is decently geared from Dragon Soul and Firelands. I imagine that had I been on one of my lesser geared healers he would have died quicker than I could spam my highest heal (or I’d have gone oom doing so and he’d have died anyway).
I realise that it’s tempting to queue as tank for the quicker queues, but please, please queue as dps while still wearing full PvP gear. Get some tank gear and then queue as tank!
Ironically the tank boots dropped off the boss in this instance and this “well-geared” tank decided to pass them. Yes, you read that right. He passed on the tank loot. Because apparently he felt that his PvP gear was good enough for him.
If you’ll excuse me, I will now go cry in a corner about the world we play in where PvP gear apparently is adequate tank gear to the point where we can pass on actual tank gear…