The new season PvP weapons are awesome. If you can get into an arena team for points and enough rating, man the rewards are sweet.
If you’re only a 10-man raider (like me), particularly it might be the only way you can get an i264 weapon.
If you don’t normally PvP, it’s not that hard to get into. Use emblems to buy resilience gear, do wintergrasp and battlegrounds for more res gear, keybind everything, spec appropriately (use arenajunkies.com or look around for a spec that suits you), lower your latency and have the intestinal fortitude to lose again and again until you work out what the hell you’re doing. Use inbuilt voice at least if you don’t have vent/ts, it’s just too hard doing 3-man arena without it – you will not have time to type about switching targets. I’m sure some avid PvPers will give us some further tips in comments, too.
Now getting to 1800 rating is another matter. People say it’s really easy, but if you’re new to PvP I can tell you for sure, it’s not instant. You do need resilience. You do need a healer who understands PvP healing, since it’s quite a different role to PvE raid healing and a slightly different spec too; which means they’re learning too.
Anyhow, if you can get it together, or if you are already damn good at PvP (grats), then the PvP arena weapons are incredible for tanking in raids. Since two-handed tanks use dps weapons anyhow (ie. unlike DW Frost who might use two tanking-stat weapons), the trade-off between a raid item and a PvP item is something like: strength for attack power (ie. no parry) and expertise for resilience (which might not be a threat issue if you’re upgrading from i251 to i264, the threat of a higher-damage strike probably makes up for expertise loss).
For one-handed tanks, the options are really lovely too, much better than the PvE slow alternatives.
You can also pick one that matches your racial expertise bonus or looks the best. I’d have trouble choosing, but the sword and polearm look best to me.
These are the 1800-rating i264 items:
The two-handed weapons have 243 stamina and two sockets, so you can get 303 stamina on the weapon! Compare to [item]Cryptmaker[/item] which has some nice tanking stats surrounding it, but lower stamina. When deciding if you want it, remember that your weapon is usually the single best source of threat stats and (sometimes) strength.
The one-handers, if you had two of them, have 268 stamina when gemmed.