So thanks to some much-appreciated input from Darraxus (thanks, man) and some minor research on my own, I took advantage of my talent point refund and went with the cookie-cutter Deep-Wounds Prot spec as my primary spec. I also forked up the gold to pick up a cookie-cutter Fury spec as my secondary.
My RL Avatar (apologies to Ratshag for stealing his term) rolled Bard, so I spent most of the weekend doing quests (aka gigs) and didn't have much of an opportunity to play with either of my new specs. I did, however, do my dailies on Saturday with my primary spec and kept Omen up to see what kind of threat I was producing in a very low rage, unbuffed situation. I also monkeyed around with my action bar to help improve my rotation. Overall, even though it was nowhere near a raid scenario, I was impressed. I'm really looking forward to having the opportunity to tank a raid or heroic and see the spec in action. I see some Recount analysis in my future.
As far as the Fury spec goes, I didn't play with it at all. I don't have much in the way of dps gear, and my two-handed weapon skills are stupid low anyway (hadn't even trained in two-handed maces.../headdesk). I'll take some time to save up the mats for the Charged Titanium Specs, snag some dps gear along the way, and work on my 2h skills before I wander into a heroic as a dpser.
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