24
Mar
09

Pre-raid fury gear, part 2

This time round, we’ll take a look at cloaks, chests, bracers, gloves and belts available for the pre-raid fury warrior. Some of the gear will require farming in heroics while some will require rep grinding. But, without further ado, let’s get on with it.

Some will undoubtedly take a look at the suggestions (and those from last time) and say: “Leather and mail gear offers far better stats, so it’s better”, and they’d technically be correct. However, I still believe in the viability of plate gear, and I try to gear up in plate whenever possible. And to sound like a Blizzard-o-phone, that’s also the intended way, and one which Blizzard is trying to support. But, to those that want suggestions for non-plate gear, I beg you to have patience. I’ll cover some choice non-plate items in the final episode.

The cloak

Everybody loves to be warm and comfy, and for those of us without company, the cloak is the best thing to do that. Don’t care about furlining? Care only about hurting things? Then we have just the things for you:

The Bloodied Waters Cloak is a zone drop from Zul’Drak, and the Ice Striker’s Cloak is a crafted Leatherworker item (and it’s epic to boot). The Bloodied Waters has a good amount of crit rating, whereas the Ice Striker’s has haste rating and attack power, in addition to the crit rating from agility.

In my mind, the Bloodied Waters is the clear winner between the two. It has more crit rating and more AP than the Ice Striker’s, and it is most likely going to be cheaper to acquire than the Ice Striker’s. That’s not to say that the epic is a bad cloak, not at all, but you are likely to replace it in the raids anyway, so the higher cost is simply not justified.

Of course, if you find a bargain Ice Striker’s, don’t wrinkle your nose at it. Buy it.

The chest

The chestpiece is probably, along with the helm, the most “central” of gear bits. Dont ask me why, but getting a new chestpiece is just a good feeling. There are a few to choose from before the raids, although only one is really important:

Yes, the Dreadnaught is T7, but its buyable for sufficient Emblems of Heroism. This is one of three essential purchases you’ll be making with your Emblems.

The other two chestplates are good and solid pieces that will serve you well until you can get your epic. Despite the two sockets on the Bonegrinder’s, the Breastplate of Undeath (found in heroic Drak’Tharon Keep) is perhaps slightly ahead due to its huge amount of hit rating and agility.

The bracers

Bracers are the invisible items. You never see them much on fully kitted out characters.

Both work out decently, although the Vengeance Bindings are the favourite, so get thee to thy favourite blacksmith. They’re crafted, so there really isn’t much fuss about getting them.

The gloves

There are a number of gloves to be had, but on the whole, one pair outshines the rest:

The T7 gloves are going to be one of your very first purchases, along with the chestpiece. The reason is simple, namely the 2-piece set bonus. Until then, any of the others will do the trick. The Gauntlets of the Culling are the only ones not needing farming, since they’re a quest reward from the Culling of Stratholme. The last two drop in the heroic Oculus and heroic Violet Hold.

Unless you prefer not to do the Culling of Stratholme at all, I would recommend those until you have the emblems. They may not be the best pair, but I wouldn’t bother farming actively for the rest. As usual though, if any of the others drop in your lap, and you don’t have a decent pair of gloves, grab them.

The belt

Searching our wardrobe, we find the following:

The Verdungo’s Barbarian Cord is a vendor-bought item costing 40 Emblems of Heroism. Not worth the Emblems at first. It’s better to go to the heroic Nexus for the Flame-Bathed Steel Girdle, or to hit heroic Halls of Lightning for the General’s Steel Girdle.

The Flame-Bathed Steel Girdle is the clear favourite in this race, with the General’s Steel Girdle coming in second. The General’s has hit rating, versus the crit rating of the Flame-Bathed. Again it comes down to two items, one with either stat. And again I’ll say, go for the crit rating unless you need the hit rating.

Thats it for this time. Next time we’ll be tackling the legwear, boots, rings and trinkets.

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