New Gem for Shield Tanks
For tanking gems you're either going to roll stamina, defense, dodge, or parry. However, there are no gems for block which puts shield tanks at a severe disadvantage. The thing is...with dodge and parry you don't take any damage, but when you block you can still take damage if your block value isn't high enough. And even with my 1.9k block value it still often falls short in mythic and ascended raids.
Adding a gem for block rating is not needed as block chance is very easy to come by through talents and gear. Therefor, in order to increase the effectiveness of shields I'd like to see a red or yellow gem that increases your block value by 20. If you have 10 gem slots you get +200 block value.
I don't know if I fully agree to this statement. I do agree that there's no block gem. however if a tank decides to pickup a shield. He still has Block / Parry / Dodge. No matter how you twist and turn on this. A 2 handed tank, or dual wielding parry tank. Will always skipp out completely on block.
@Eilytres As a 2h tank you get to use stagger to compensate which is how fierce blows is countered by parry tanks. And it sounds like what you're just saying is to just spec into dodge or parry? Hence the reason for my post. Also, if I'm already at 118% mitigation chance, please explain how a +8 dodge or parry gem helps me