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I feel like this is a bit of a dumb question, but I can't find a decisive answer anywhere (page 1 has some good info that makes me think I'm right here, but I'd like clarification). All the top prot paladins on my server in the top guilds are gemmed in a way that, to me, seems to be all wacky.
Here is my character: Piotr @ Dragonblight - Game - World of Warcraft
I was under the impression that until you reach 102.4% block/parry/dodge/+5%, you were to reforge to mastery whenever possible, then try to balance out your parry/dodge as best as you can to avoid diminishing returns. In addition, you are to reforge away from hit/expertise to this end, as well as gem towards it. Hence, I've outfitted myself in mostly pure mastery gems, with some parry/mastery and mastery/stam for socket bonuses. I've reforged all my gear to either mastery, or dodge to even out the parry/dodge discrepancy. As of this posting, I'm only at 88.1% total avoidance/mitigation, which means I still have quite a long way to go indeed before I get enough mastery to reach 102.4%.
The top tanks on my server, however, seem to gem for parry/stam, mastery/stam, and pure stam, depending on socket color. One of the top tanks, whose gear is way better than mine, only has 75.99% total avoidance/mitigation, 1.12% hit, and 0 expertise.
My question is, are my gems more or less right and should I continue to gem/reforge for mastery until I've reached 102.4% total avoidance/mitigation, or am I missing something here? The chart in the prot paladin thread confused me, as it appears that you only want about 50% of your total avoidance/mitigation to be from block, but I didn't think it was actually to scale since it has no corresponding percentages on it or anywhere else in the text. I feel like I'm overthinking this, but with my block chance at either 52.605% or 58.05% (depending on whether you look at the "Defense" section or "Mastery" section - not sure why the discrepancy there), I don't want to be wasting those points if there is some kind of "block cap" at 50% and I could reforge that extra 2.605%/8.05% into dodge/parry instead.
Thanks in advance for any help!