when they opened back up the vday quest for the bracers in early February i decided id blow all the tuner i had saved up on making a new sk (my first tank). atm he is 1202 cms, and all of his quests done (wh, epic, hb ring, exemplar, BB ear, etc)
as far as gear, it just depends on what kind of work your willin to put in. zp gear is the way to go no doubt. epic gear is only 65 dur and that is garbage. cryptic souls has a list of the stats and gems needed for sk zp gear i would check that out. heres a list of what your gonna want aside from the zp stuff. Helm - either DTT helm (otherworldly helm NTL) or the LP quest helm. breastplate - im still in love with the story teller BP (martyr's bp), it holds agro like no other bp can. altho the SPBP is crazy good too. i also have the CT BP. gloves, id go with Honor guard gloves, 20 cr 200 hp. for leggings i would go with akkesen legs. i forget which boots i carry but its one of the zp ones. the zp gear has good stats and 80 dur, and from whati hear the good maintanks all carry a full three sets of it. now as far as jewlery, your gonna need to put a lot of work/spend a lot of tuner, to outfit yourself. necklace i would say pendant of razeal is best, altho barbed colar and MMT are decent too. earings, its no doubt, you want a broken blade earing. 200 hp 200 pwr 160 ac 15 to all stats cept dex. its kind rough farming/buying the items but the earing blows everything else out of the water. as far as back ups, EoF's still drop from the blood thirsty minions in zp. they are superior to the primeval plat earings from geos. plat ear has 195 hp and like 15 ac, EoF has 150 hp 100 ac. the EoF can be a b.tch to farm and now a days they go on auction for like 35 mill. rings your gonna want the HB quest ring (145 hp 75 ac 25 str 25 sta 80 dur) and for your other hand, i would go with kindle ring (which is crazy rare, i been tryin to camp him for awhile now and i cant seem to find him) or, which i use x3, the slaying ring (sk class specific SE ring, drops from EL Djarn) the ring only has 50 dur which is sh.t, but rings dont get beat on that bad and they arnt lore. they have 125 hp 60 ac and 35 str. as far as belt there are a few choices. i like my ST belt, it gives some added HoT and has great dur and hp. i also hear the LP tank/cl sash is bangin. there are others that will suffice. most tanks say that the primeval iron girdle is best. 35 ac 15 fr 185 hp 65 dur, i think it drops off of earth prime in geos. next we're looking at primary slot and shield. Epic shield, no question, has best stats. however, its only 65 dur. i have other gear with worse dur (slaying ring, eof, etc) but the epic shield is always the first to break. shields take a beating. i would say you should get a bladestopper or two. its onlye like 125 hp 15 agi and 550 ac, but the 90 dur is really nice. right now im using bladestopper as my normal shield in the build, unless im not doing dk to tank hard stuff. for dueling and farming as slayer/hwh i build around the epic shield cause its rare in thosebuilds that i will take enough of a beating for anything to break. as far as primary, your gonna prolly start with black gem in khal weapon. eventually ur gonna want saph sword or white gem, white gem being the superior. i left out bracers because i started out with vday x6 and eventually i picked up BoA x 3. the vday quest is gone until next feb and the BoA is crazy hard to get. i heard that a few ppl were willing to pay like 100 mill for one. so i dont know any other bracers that are good your gonna have to look that up urself.