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Icecrown 5-man – The rest

Having covered armour and weapons, about time we get round to the various bits and pieces that we all wear and can’t see, i.e. rings, trinkets, necks, and that ever present ranged weapon (because we do a lot of pulling as DPS warriors, oh my yes).

We have:

The general theme here seems to be sharp pointy bits (I shudder to think about what exactly the lady promised).

That’s not a kni…

For once there is a ranged weapon which hunters wont necessarily want as well, unlike guns and bows where you have to fight them off with a stick usually. At ilevel 232 there is a whole boatload of different ranged weapons to compare with. I count some 10 weapons to compare directly with, coming from various sources. There are really a lot of things to compare this brand new knife to. However, I shall compare with just one, namely the Crimson Star. I know it is ilevel 245, but most people who have been doing any amount of heroics and raids will most likely have one, or swapped it for something else that’s better. So the Crimson Star is really the benchmark.

Papa’s will give you:

  • 1.17% Crit
  • 0.7% Haste
  • 54 AP

Crimson Star features:

  • 3.42 Expertise
  • 2.27% ArPen
  • 57 AP

Would you really want to downgrade to the Papa’s if you have the Crimson Star? Sure, if you don’t like ArPen and have way too much Expertise already. Otherwise, it’s a clear choice here. And before you think about it: no…nuhuh…nosiree!

Empty promises?

This ring is a bit peculiar in that the stats do not favour rogues or druids, and instead favours plate users. You can argue that it’s not necessarily a bad thing though. It reminds me of the Carnivorous Band from Icehowl (albeit without a socket) with Crit and Expertise swapped for the Haste and ArPen. The pair of them together would make a lovely ring combo in fact. The tooltip for the Lady’s Promise does interestingly NOT mention “unique-equipped” hinting that you may just be able to equip two of them, but don’t quote me on that.

The other alternative is the Planestalker Signet from 10-man Lord Jaraxxus, although that is very much itemised towards rogues and druidy types rather than warriors (it features Agility, Hit Rating, ArPen and AP). That said,the Signet is a lovely ring no doubt about it. If you are critically short on Hit Rating and ArPen it is a contender, otherwise I would rather aim for a Carnivorous Lady Promise.

Barbed Chokers

For some odd reason, Blizz apparently like the thought of necklaces full of protruding spikey bits. Either they are closet goths and emos, or they think warriors are…or maybe that warriors are all practitioners of various forms of BDSM. Be that as it may, let’s compare it to the ilevel 232 version of the Collar of Ceaseless Torment (there we go again with the SM). Essentially they are near identical, save for one thing: The Choker has Haste (!) and the Collar has ArPen. Essentially you are given a choice between Haste and ArPen, and that in itself isn’t a bad thing.

Put it in your pocket

So it’s an animal already known for pointy and nasty bits…and its needle encrusted too? Wear cloves, have padded pockets.

Joking aside, Grim Toll and Mjolnir Runestone have returned in a spiky version. In fact, it is a slightly upgraded Runestone. For a comparison between earlier trinkets, have a look here. I may have missed out some trinkets, and if so please do shout out.

Trinkets are always interesting to compare since they rarely stand up to a direct comparison, usually featuring a single stat and a proc. In this case we can compare to the Toll and the Runestone directly however, and if they were popular, chances are this one will be too. ArPen has proven itself time and time again and it should be no different this time. Crit and ArPen…not bad as a combo at all. If you happen upon this little trinket and you are not desperate for something like Hit Rating or Expertise (which you hopefully aren’t) it is definitely a keeper.

So this is where the look at gear from the 5-man instances of Icecrown ends. There are some good thing in there as well as some rather bland things, mostly as a product of Blizzard having to create a single plate “set” for 3 plate classes who all want slightly different things. All in all, not a bad selection with some upgrades, a few sidegrades and a few things for those who have yet to get better bits.


Pre-raid fury gear, part 3

This time round we’ll be tackling the final bits of kit before we get to the weapons themselves. No point in dillydallying, so:

The legs

There are, perhaps surprisingly, several decent pairs of legplates out there, however I’ll be picky and say: there is really only one pair of legplates you really want, namely:

These will serve you well when you enter the raids. They will be bested by several pairs you can find in there, but as a piece of kit from the 5-mans, they are hands down the best legplates you can find. They drop from Ingvar in Utgarde Keep, which is one of the quickest heroics you’ll find. Am I advocating grinding an instance? You bet.

The feet

There are a few choices for boots, but again, one pair stands above them all.

The Death-Inured Sabatons and Spiked Titansteel Treads are epics, rep reward from the Ebon Blade and crafted respectively. The rest are drops from the Violet Hold, Nexus and Utgarde Pinnacle respectively. The clear favourites are the epics, due to their stats and gem sockets. It should be noted that come 3.1, the armor penetration of the Obliterator Greaves might make them more useful than today.

My personal favourites are the Death-Inured Sabatons. It’s yet another grind of course, but while you’re grinding out Heroic Utgarde Keep, you might as well wear the Ebon Blade tabard. If you’re not into that, the Spiked Titansteel Treads are most likely your best bet, even if they come at quite a material price.

The fingers

Rings, rings of roses, rings of glittering gold and shiny baubles. Now, I’m purposefully going to leave out some very good rings…namely the various bands of the Kirin Tor. Why? Because they’re expensive, and if you’re like me, you’ll spend money on the chopper instead.

Non Kirin Tor rings are:

Two crafted rings, two quest reward and three┬ádrops. The T.I.B is likely to increase in value if Armor Penetration is increased in value. The Hemorrhaging Circle has yummy expertise which makes it a given “Need” if you see it drop (I made that mistake, and it never dropped again). The Ring of Scarlet Shadows and the Mobius Band have hit rating, so they are worth getting if you find yourself short. The remaining three are all full of crit rating and AP and perhaps slightly less interesting. However, two of them (Bridenbrad and Jagged Ice Band) are quest rewards, so you get them for free basically.

The trinkets

Ra-kaw, preeetty triinkets yes. The list goes as follows:

I debated whether to put the Darkmoon Card in the list, since if you’re not a scribe you will bleed through the nose to get it. But, if you have a scribe, then you’ll be able to theoretically get it for free. It’s the best trinket, period, there currently is. If you see one for a couple of gold, don’t wait around. For those of us who’d rather have the chopper, the Mirror of Truth is hands down the best trinket there is. It’s the third of the must-buys for emblems (the other two being T7 chest and gloves).

The last three come down to whatever drops for you really. The Incisor Fragment probably edges ahead, with the Whetstone bringing up the rear. The Sphere has hit rating, so if you’re short (the ever present mantra), it will help you out. The Incisor Fragment has the weaker Equip bonus (in my mind), and the Whetstone the weaker proc.

That’s it for this time. Next time we’ll look at the weapons that you’ll be lugging around. We’ll also cover non-plate bits of kit that you could consider picking up.

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