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3.3 this week

And it’s official, being spouted from every news site on the internet: patch 3.3 will hit this week as expected.

New bits of kit, a whole new tier of epics, new encounters, a new grouping interface…there certainly seems to be plenty of stuff to do in this the last major patch of Wrath. Of course, it’ll be a while until we get to face off with Arthas in the Citadel yet due to the gating of the instance.

Warriors need not look much at the patch notes though. There are no fury related updates at all. Either that means that Blizzard are happy with us the way we are now, or that they haven’t yet managed to solve whatever is wrong.

The T10 set bonuses are as follows:

  • (2) Set: When your Deep Wounds ability deals damage you have a 3% chance to gain 16% attack power for 10 sec.
  • (4) Set: You have a 20% chance for your Bloodsurge and Sudden Death talents to grant 2 charges of their effect instead of 1, reduce the global cooldown on Execute or Slam by 0.5 sec, and for the duration of the effect to be increased by 100%.

A simple one, and a not-so-simple one, and quite possibly one of the more interesting set bonuses we’ve seen in a long time. More on that one later though. For now, 3.3 is coming. Bring on the patch day mayhem.


T9 set bonuses

The set bonuses for T9 have been unveiled:

  • Berserker Stance grants an additional 2% critical strike chance, and Battle Stance grants an additional 6% armor penetration.
  • Increases the critical strike chance of your Slam and Execute abilities by 5%.

Where T8 is all about ArPen and Str, we are returning to Crit Rating as being richly represented on our gear. This is much in keeeping with the comments made by our favourite crab monster that Tiers converge towards the “best” gear at the end of an expansion.

But I digress, let’s take a look at the tier bonuses in detail. Unlike some previous set bonuses, they aren’t convoluted at all. 2% crit chance is very much a boost to DPS, no two ways about it. Numbers will reveal when it is sensible to break your previous set bonus (if you have any), but if you only have the 2-piece bonus from T8, I would be tempted to switch as soon as possible. The 4-piece T8 bonus is better than the 2-piece T9 if your BT accounts for more than 20% of your total damage, all other things being equal. Note, this is pure napkin math and only takes the bonuses themselves into account.

The 4-piece T9 bonus is the dark horse of the two. Yes, it boosts Slam, but thanks to the BT changes, there is now less time for Slams without delaying either BT or WW. The boost to Execute might help to make Execute spam a viable alternative. The key word here is “might”. More on this when I find actual hard numbers to prove one way or the other.


Set bonuses for T8

MMO Champion lit up with the set bonuses for T8 earlier.

  • Warrior T8 Protection 2P Bonus — Increases the critical strike chance of your Devastate ability by 10%.
  • Warrior T8 Protection 4P Bonus — Shield Block also grants you 20% reduction to magical damage taken.
  • Warrior T8 Melee 2P Bonus — Heroic Strike and Slam critical strikes have a chance to grant you 150% haste rating for 5 sec.
  • Warrior T8 Melee 4P Bonus — Increases the critical strike chance of Mortal Strike and Bloodthirst by 10%.

I’ll leave the analysis of the tanking bonuses for more competent tanks than I.

The 2-piece DPS bonus leaves me in doubt to be honest. Doubt as to what exactly Blizzard mean by it. It seems so simple, doesn’t it? However, depending on which way you read it, your 3.5 weapon will become a 2.3 weapon for 5 seconds or your 100 haste rating become 150 haste rating for 5 seconds.

The former is a solid buff to white damage. One that should help rage generation in light of the TG nerf.

The latter is entirely pitiful. And its dependent on you having haste rating to begin with, and it’s entirely possible to not have any haste rating at all, which in effect makes the 2-piece set bonus completely useless.

However, I’ll not get up in arms about that before it has been cleared up.

The 4-piece set bonus is a buff to one of our staple abilities. Roughly, it’ll work out to 1 more BT crit a minute. In other words, a decent set bonus. It’ll remain to be seen whether it will be outclassed by the non-set items in Ulduar. I wouldn’t discount it just yet at least.

So there we have it. My joy at the BT buff is marred a bit by the, in my mind, inexact wording of the 2-piece bonus. Clarification will come however, in time.

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