Dec 032009

With 3.3 dropping next week (supposedly), I thought I’d take a quick look at the best place to spend Emblems of Frost, feral-wise.  Luckily, it didn’t take very long.

Cats: Get 4PT10, of any ilvl. The set bonus is insanely powerful (5-7% DPS boost, by itself). The gear is also LOADED with +agi and +ArPen, which is amazingly good for kitty DPS.  If anything, +hit and +expertise is going to be a problem. When I get a chance, I’ll work up some more detailed numbers on ArPen, but I expect that gemming ArPen will significantly outpace Agility, due to increased +AP (which scales better with ArPen then Agility) and the amount of passive ArPen on gear. The “sticky spot” will be getting from softcap ArPen (722 with Needle-Encrusted Scorpion, which drops from the new 5-man) to hardcap ArPen (1400). I’ll have to run the numbers to check, but things will look something like this:

  • 0-300 ArPen: gem Agility
  • 300-ArPen softcap (722/xxx, depending on trinket): gem ArPen
  • 722-1000(ish) ArPen: gradually ungem ArPen to stay around softcap; gem Agility to white crit cap, then Expertise to cap, then Hit to cap, then Strength
  • 1000(ish) passive ArPen: switch out the ArPen proc trinket, regem for ArPen, now going for the 1400 ArPen hardcap
  • >1400 ArPen: go back to Exp/Hit/Str gemming

Yeah, this is confusing as hell. ISN”T THIS FUN?

Bears: Get 4PT10, of any ilvl. The extra mitigation from the set bonus is very very (VERY) nice. Generally speaking, I’ll keep it and Barkskin on cooldown individually, to help the healers, or it can be comboed to help with a boss special. Anyway,  shoot for that, then look to pick up the cloak/belt/trinket, depending on ICC drops.

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