I've managed to PUG my way to a set of Hele armor and have tried to adjust my jewelry to make up for some of its stat shortcomings (though as mostly a soloer, since my kinship is all but dead, I love that the Hele set removes the BPE penalties from my DPS stance). Any suggestions for improvements on my current setup (that don't require BOA items from raid instances)?
Ril mir and toringor from SG
Warrior's greenwood necklace.
high herald's hooded cloak
And drop some fate if you can, without sacrificing too much straight power. Try to get bregloch from SG while you're at it to replace earring of willpower. You're going to give up a some power for morale. Personally, I wouldn't want to tank anything with less than 7.2k morale or so.
Keep looking for DD groups - or even keep an eye out for other people doing it and ask if you can come in after and if they'll help you do your class quest. Fortunately, it's the least useful of the capstone traits.
Hey I heard you have a character on Riddermark. It's this nasty rumor that's been going around. I keep telling people you wouldn't sink to that level but they keep telling me "mleh! check his sig, noob!!11!" and I'm like "Verily 'tis so, I am indubitably confounded and confusticated by this unforseen turn of momentous events!" and they're like "st fu noob, take it to OOC!" and I'm like "Alas, the level of discourse on this server without one such as LtDiablo is sorely lacking" and they're all like "when chuk noriss does pushups he pushes the earth down!" to which I invariably reply "???" so you see my dilemma.
You might also get someone to make you the Mirkwood crafted Warden's shield. You'll gain some max morale and ICPR to help offset the power you lose by making the changes Nerves suggested. The biggest thing lacking in the Hele set is max morale and power. The 2-set bonus from the Enedwaith set is incredibly underwhelming especially considering you nearly cap your B/P/E's with SM and WoS anyway.
Oh but I am, I'm duoing as a captain. I was on last night
Ahh see, it's obviously been too long since I was last on here. You forgot how much I talked smack about the captain class. I'll be sure to refresh your memory when next I see you online. Here's a teaser: BOOOOOOOOOOORING!!