Don't laugh, I'm serious. Okay, mostly serious. Feel free to let the laugh out, the idea is a little ridiculous, but...
It happens. The only folks in my kin that log on much anymore are casual players with mixed teal and purple gear, and there's hardly a tank among them. So, I actually end up filling the role quite a bit. It involves a healthy dose of water-lore, the Hytbold healer set, and a liberal use of our non-dps skills, but it works. And it's fun.
So far I've successfully tanked Fornost Water, OE, Glinghant, all the GB instances, and every three man. That includes challenges and T2 where applicable for all of those besides Sword-hall and Webs of the Scuttledells. Just T1 on those two. Tried Scuttledells on T2 the other day and couldn't quite take the damage when adds spawn. Looking back, I could've traited Deep Lore and timed CC and debuffs a little better, but I was still taking a bit too much damage to recover from a mistake. Taking a little less damage would help which brings me to this post.
How would you build for tanking?
The real difficulty here is that it's just straight dps tanking. I'd love to equip some vit/bpe gear, but there's only so much room for that before holding aggro becomes an issue. Currently, in "tank" gear, I run about 31k tac mastery with 8.5k crit, 10k morale, 3k crit defense, maxed mits, +8.7% incoming healing, and 11.4%/4.8% parry and evade. In a perfect world, I'd add more to both crit defense and b/p/e, but there doesn't seem to be quite enough stat space to do that.
The other way to go would be to slot some more morale oriented bracelets and earrings that still have will like the new Wildermore pieces or some of the Horse-lords items that have both will and vit. Both those routes are expensive so I'd be very interested to hear some input before working on it.
So, the question. Would you...
Go for more crit defense?
Go for more parry and evade and stack morale?
Simply stack morale and kite like a maniac?
If there are any useful pieces out there that you can think of, I'd love to hear about them as well. As an example, I was thinking about slotting a Horse-lords vit tome to add 2k crit defense, 162 vit, and 260ish morale. The casualty is the gold Cardolan trinket which will put my tac mastery and crit down to 28.5k and 7.7k respectively, plus cost me will proc buff. Maybe that's still enough, maybe not, but I'd hate to waste my recipe on an item that might not even be useful.
Like I said, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. A bit of ridiculous idea, I know, but it's been a fun challenge to tackle.