The Protection Warrior's tier set is average. The 2-set bonus provides a 5% damage and damage reduction buff called Vanguard's Determination for 5 seconds after using Revenge. This is decent, and you will have high uptime on it passively as you use Revenge frequently. The 4-set bonus grants Ignore Pain equal to 5% of the damage you deal while Vanguard's Determination is active. This is the strongest aspect of the tier set, as it grants Ignore Pain even when you don't have one active, and it works well with the talent Brutal Vitality.
This is the best trinket for damage. Its high damage output and short cooldown make it extremely powerful. The two-second channel is something to be mindful of, particularly as a tank. Use it strategically as you cannot parry or dodge while channeling it. The 90-second cooldown reduction when an allied player dies makes it even more effective in Mythic+. Ensure you are in a safe location when using it, as movement will cancel the channel, and using any on-GCD abilities will also interrupt the channel. Also, the damage from this trinket can activate the rings from Ernog and Broodkeeper's Diurna.
This trinket is the best choice for AoE alongside Grieftorch. Currently, the trinket is bugged and causes other on-use trinkets to go on cooldown each time it deals damage, which means you won't be able to use other on-use trinkets for an additional six seconds after using Whetstone. To work around this, use your other on-use trinkets first
All-Totem of the Master
This trinket is among your best defensive trinkets, especially on 2+ targets. The tooltip is a bit convoluted, so we will go over it here. Whenever you parry or dodge, you enter one of four Elemental Stances. This can only happen once every thirty seconds.
Each stance lasts ten seconds and they are:
- Elemental Stance: Earth - This grants you additional bonus armor bringing you close to the armor cap.
- Elemental Stance: Fire - This applies an AoE fire dot and grants bonus crit damage.
- Elemental Stance: Air - This gives a lot of haste.
- Elemental Stance: Ice - This is a ~15K HPS heal over time.
You might think that Blood does not parry enough to trigger this on ICD, but you will, especially with the additional bonus parry that Dancing Rune Weapon provides and the high base parry that Blood has. Also, the damage from Elemental Stance: Fire can trigger the rings from Ernog and Broodkeeper’s Diurna.
This trinket deals an enormous amount of AoE damage and currently, there is nothing in the game that can match its damage output. However, it is important to use it cautiously as it roots you in place, reduces your maximum movement speed to 1%, and cannot be cancelled. Additionally, the game considers it a disorient effect, which will cause mobs to move away from you, but you will still retain threat.
Whispering Incarnate Icon
If you are the only one in your party or raid using this trinket, it's just a versatility stat stick. However, if a damage dealer or healer also has one equipped, you will receive additional haste from healers, mastery from ranged damage dealers, and critical strike from melee damage dealers. These additional stats make it slightly stronger, but not superior to other options.
Decoration of Flame
This trinket is a decent offensive and defensive option. Its shield is mediocre on single target and decent once you reach five targets. Similarly, the damage it deals isn’t too significant, but it does trigger the rings from Ernog and Broodkeeper’s Diurna, so its value increases from that.
This is one of the two best embellishments. The additional stats it provides make it slightly superior to other high-stat neck pieces. The way the proc interacts with the gems you have socketed can be a bit confusing. The stat you receive depends on the elemental type of the gems. Air gems provide haste, frost gems provide versatility, fire gems provide critical strike, and earth gems provide mastery. You can determine which gems are which by checking the tooltip, or for multi-stat gems, it provides the lower value stat. The primary stat diamonds are not taken into account for Lariat. If you have multiple elemental type gems socketed, you have a chance to proc different stats, but you can only have one stat proc at a time.
Unstable Frostfire Belt
This belt has a chance to apply a dot that deals a good amount of damage to your targets. It can proc from anything, including dots like Blood Plague, so it triggers quite often. Additionally, it is Blood’s primary way of triggering the fire rings from Ernog and Broodkeeper Diurna.
Alchemical Flavor Pocket
This is a “fake” embellishment; it does not count towards your limit of two embellishments. The Flavor Pocket doubles the duration of your Well Fed buff from Dragon Isles meals and makes them persist through death. This effect may seem minor, but since it is essentially free, it is worth having. Additionally, it allows you to keep a semi-potent buff if you die in a key or raid fight.
It's worth mentioning the rings that drop from Ernog and Broodkeeper Diurna. Seal of Diurna's Chosen, which drops from Ernog, has a chance to apply a powerful fire dot whenever you deal fire damage. This dot deals a significant amount of damage. Seal of Filial Duty, which drops from Broodkeeper Diurna, has a chance to apply a large absorb shield on you whenever you deal fire damage. This absorb shield provides a substantial amount of survivability. Both of these rings only work if you have a way of dealing fire damage, making the Unstable Frostfire Belt and trinkets that deal fire damage even more valuable.