I’ve been quiet the past few weeks…because I’ve been working up my latest gear list and FAQ! There’s an excerpt below, and the full FAQ and list is here. I’ll be updating the rest of the guides on the site for 5.2 over the weekend, so look for another post soon. I’ll also be adding threads for boss discussion in the forums.
Q: Is PvP gear any good?
A: As in 5.0/5.1, PvP gear is just like offset PvE gear; the only difference is that you won’t have good socket bonuses, so knock roughly 7 points off a PvP’s ilevel when comparing it.
Q: What about weapons? When do I go from Gao-Rei to the new stuff?
A: First, keep in mind that the 5.1 upgrade (Eye of the Black Prince) can be repurchased and applied to a new weapon. That means the comparison is simply Gao-Rei + 500 agility to the ToT drop. With that, it works out pretty much as you’d expect. A normal Gao-Rei (even unupgraded) beats out a LFR Throne weapon, but is worse than a normal-mode weapon. Things are closer for the heroic Gao-Rei; it’s better than normal-mode Throne weapons, but only if it’s double-upgraded, and then only slightly.
Q: What are the stat weights looking like currently?
A: Here’s a quick snapshot of SimC with T15H (leaving out Rune since that has the potential to radically change things at the moment), normalized to AGI = 1:
- Agi: 1.00
- Weapon DPS: 0.95
- Expertise/Hit: 0.43
- Mastery: 0.42
- Haste: 0.38
- Crit: 0.36
Don’t get too hung up on the numbers; the takeaway is to cap hit/expertise, then stack mastery, reforging out of haste or crit as you prefer. If you want to be more exact, import your character into SimC and run your own scale factors. I’ve got an older computer and can’t run as exacting a comparison as I’d like.
Q: What trinkets are good?
A: Rune of Re-Origination is ridiculously awesome, but it requires completely redoing your reforges and it drops off Lei Shen (meaning it’s best not to plan on it for a while). For the rest, Renataki’s is the best in a vacuum, but the huge chunk of Expertise makes reforging difficult (same for the Hit on the Vicious Talisman). The haste proc on the Talisman of Bloodlust isn’t too hot, so my personal ranking is Rune > Renataki > Juju > Vicious Talisman > Talisman of Bloodlust. YMMV.
Q: What are the best VP items?
A: Well, “best” is relative…do you mean best in terms of strongest upgrade per piece, best in terms of the VP cost, or best in terms of which VP item you’re least likely to replace with raid drops? :)
In order to avoid wrapping ourselves up in too much speculation, we’ll confine our discussion to the Neutral and Friendly items: Flanker’s Battletags, Vicious Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault, Willow-Weave Armbands, and the Seal of the Shado-Pan Assault. Obviously, you can buy the Battletags right away, so if you’re already valor capped, you might as well. That said, there’s several neckpieces and the Battletags is the worst-itemized of the lot. The Vicious Talisman is pretty good, but Renataki’s drops off the first boss, and Bad Juju drops off the third. The armbands have the same problem as the trinket; they’re okay, but another bracer drops off the second boss. They’re both loaded with hit, too, which makes optimizing difficult. If I had to pick, I’d rather have the VP bracers and the raid trinkets, rather than the reverse. Finally, the Seal ring is roughly equivalent to another ring that drops off the first boss…but they’re both reasonable choices, so that’s not a bad use of VP either. Basically, nothing looks super awesome, so just get whatever you need to fill in holes in RNG (which, honestly, is kind of the point).
Q: What are the set bonuses for this tier?
A: 2p: Gives your finishing moves a 15% chance per combo point to add a combo point to your target.
4p: After using Tiger’s Fury, you gain 40% increased critical strike chance on the next 3 uses of Mangle, Shred, Ferocious Bite, Ravage, and Swipe.
Remember, the full list is here.