Friday, January 15, 2010

Gray Matter to the rescue

I've been overwhelmed with emblems, obviously. Today's Googling popped up a post over at Gray Matter from about a week and a half ago, however, that nearly ends the trouble. It's a list of 'kin raiding gear, ranked by what Graylo thinks is the appropriate DPS for each piece.

Now I realize he says...

This list is a tool, not a blue print for how to gear. I’ve never intended these lists to be the definitive guide on how to gear a raiding moonkin.

... and I get it. But I just don't have the time to do this right. Let's cherry pick from the excellent research and posting Graylo and Cowtarus have done to see what direction a part-timer should go with their emblems.

So though he says not to, I'm going to pretend that Graylo's lists are hierarchical BiS lists (BiS, I've learned, meaning "Best in Slot") so that I can save some time.  I really don't have the energy to figure out how close to accurate he is.  He's done better than I could by miles and miles, and I'm happy enough as is.

I'm taking Graylo's list and only including items that fit one of these "part-timer accessible" categories.
  1. Bought with emblems that you can grab from 5-man dungeons.
  2. Craftables that aren't BoC (ie, items you could find in the AH)
  3. Fall from a 5-man instance, heroic or normal.
  4. Rep rewards (though I think the ICC (Icecrown Citadel) rep is beyond us).
  5. The Kirin Tor will sell it to you for enough gold to buy most of Shattrath.
EoT items are in bold.  I'll try to clean up the html at some point.


Leggings of Woven Death Crafting 399.2 399.2
Legwraps of Unleashed Nature Crafting 381.5 381.5
Lightweave Leggings Crafting 378.1 378.1
Sanctified Lasherweave Trousers 95 EoF + Conq Mark 533.7 351.6
Lasherweave Trousers 95 EoF 473.2 314.9

Malfurion's Trousers of Triumph 75 EoT + 1 ToC 429.6 251.5

Malfurion's Trousers of Conquest 50 EoT 384 225.7


Helm of Clouded Sight 75 EoT 430.8 430.8
Helm of Abundant Growth 75 EoT 417.5 417.5
Fallen Sentry's Hood Falric 5man 398.4 398.4
Hood of Fiery Aftermath 75 EoT 536.4 390
Malfurion's Cover of Conquest 50 EoT 519.1 376.6
Sightless Crown of Ulmaas Marwyn - H 5man 490.9 368.3
Tattered Glacial-Woven Hood Halls Chest 5man 363.6 363.6


Lasherweave Mantle 60 EoF 263.7 263.7
Shoulders of the Fateful Accord 45 EoT 231.6 231.6
Malfurion's Mantle of Conquest 30 EoT 207.4 207.4
Mantle of Tattered Feathers Trash 5man 173.6 173.6
Grim Lasher Shoulderguards Halls Chest 5man 167.2 167.2
Very Fashionable Shoulders Bronjahm - H 5man 284.2 161.5


Meteor Chaser's Raiment 95 EoF 399.2 399.2
Ermine Coronation Robes 95 EoF 388.2 388.2
Vestments of Spruce and Fir 95 EoF 363.9 363.9
Lasherweave Vestment 95 EoF 337 337
Malfurion's Vestments of Conquest 50 EoT 295.2 295.2
Mord'rethar Robes Devourer - H 259.8 259.8
Palebone Robes Tyrannus 247.2 247.2
Chestguard of Broken Branches Halls Chest - H 234.2 234.2
Ancient Polar Bear Hide Ick - H 347.5 226.8
Robes of the Cheating Heart Bronjahm 216 216


Gloves of False Gestures 60 EoF 299.6 299.6
Gloves of the Great Horned Owl 60 EoF 288.1 288.1
Gloves of Ambivalence 60 EoF 280.3 280.3
Malfurion's Gloves of Conquest 30 EoT 200.6 200.6
Suspiciously Soft Gloves Marwyn - H 5man 197.6 197.6
Marwyn's Macabre Fingertips Falric 5man 181.9 181.9
Essence of Desire Devourer - H 5man 181.5 181.5
Cold Sweat Grips Bronjahm 5man 250.2 157.2


Bejeweled Wizard's Bracers Pattern from 25man [mats includes 60 EoT; 3339g at AH today - Panzer]
182 182
Ghostly Wristwraps Trash - H 5man 148.2 148.2
Bracer of Worn Molars Falric - H 5man 217.6 132.5
Wristguards of Subterranean Moss Ick 5man 121.1 121.1

This is an interesting slot, as Graylo explains that if you can get this to drop, from the top of the list, that you, as a boomkin, shouldn't have too much competition for the piece.  Bad in that there's nothing on this list that's from EoT or EoF.  The Bejeweled Bracers look like about it, as I think you could swipe a crafted pair from the AH.
Bracers of Eternal Dreaming Valithria - 25 204.5 204.5

There's also limited evidence that you can bag the Bracers for playing Bejeweled, or at could at one point (man, that'd be nice, but I don't see it corroborated anywhere).  Note also that the mats for those gloves require 60 EoT themselves!  (15 EoT times four Crusader Orbs).


Belt of Petrified Ivy 60 EoF 303 303

Cord of the White Dawn [4586g on AH today - Panzer] Crafted H 207.9 207.9
Strip of Remorse Halls Chest - H 5man 206.9 206.9
Braid of Salt and Fire Ick - H 5man 182.7 182.7
Sash of Ancient Power Crafted H 263.1 178.1
Essence of Anger Devourer 5man 230.1 141


Sandals of Consecration [15k on AH today -Panzer] Crafting 280.3 280.3
Blessed Cenarion Boots Crafting 267.5 267.5
Deathfrost Boots [18k on AH today] Crafting 391.4 264.8
Boots of Wintery Endurance Crafted H 204.8 204.8
Savior's Slippers Crafted H 199.8 199.8
Spellslinger's Slippers Crafted H 195.6 195.6
Prelate's Snowshoes Tyrannus - H 5man 183.1 183.1
Barkhide Treads Eadric's Cache - H 231.4 164.1
Ice-Steeped Sandals Garfrost 5man 161.1 161.1


Volde's Cloak of the Night Sky 50 EoF 208.8 208.8


Arcane Loops of Anger Devourer - H 5man 155.2 155.2
Coil of Missing Gems Devourer 5man 193.1 117.9


Sundial of the Exiled 40 EoH 171 171

Nevermelting Ice Crystal Tyrannus - H 5man 156.4 156.4

Talisman of Resurgence 50 EoT 151.3 151.3
Maghia's Misguided Quill 60 EoF 420.7 120
Shard of the Crystal Heart 50 EoT 297.4 44.1

From Graylo:
Disclaimer: I urge you to view the trinkets with some level of skepticism. A lot of the trinkets have proc with unknown rates and cooldowns. Additionally, the trinkets that proc mobs to fight for you are hard to evaluate.


Ashen Band of Endless Destruction Ashen Verdict Exalted 319.8 218.9
Ashen Band of Unmatched Destruction Ashen Verdict Revered 294.3 195.4
Runed Signet of the Kirin Tor 10,750 Gold 184.5 184.5
Polished Dragonslayer's Signet Onyxia Head 163.7 163.7
Ashen Band of Greater Destruction Ashen Verdict Honored 259.3 160.4
Band of the Invoker 35 EoT 155.6 155.6
Ashen Band of Destruction Ashen Verdict Friendly 241.7 148.8


Shriveled Heart Halls Chest - H 5man 156.8 156.8
Ward of the Violet Citadel 25 EoH 166.7 91.6

Main hand

Hammer of Purified Flame 5man Quests 752.9 752.9
Chilled Heart of the Glacier Halls Chest 5man 608.5 553.1
Dagger of Lunar purity 25 Champion's Seals 451.9 451.9


Unspeakable Secret Garfrost 5man 673.2 673.2
Engraved Gargoyle Femur Tyrannus - H 5man 885.8 662.2
Blood Boil Lancet Devourer 5man 644.8 644.8

Fun to see that I've already got the Blood Boil Lancet.  I'm on the list!


From Graylo:
At this point you should only be thinking about two idols. The [Idol of Lunar Eclipse] is the best and it is purchasable with Emblems of Frost. However, you may be saving your Emblems for your Tier Set or another item. In such a case you should at least have the [Idol of Lunar Fury]. It is purchase able with Emblems of Triumph. Since it is incredibly easy to farm EoTs at the moment, using anything less then the Idol of Lunar Fury is pretty stupid.

Wow.  Graylo's list is wonderful.  And I'm also able to quit irrationally leaving out slots that I usually ignore, like rings and trinkets.  So now I'm not so interested in shoulders and gloves anymore -- those are the only things I could even get enough EoF to grab at the rate I'm going.  They're tabled.  Although the following back item:
Volde's Cloak of the Night Sky 50 EoF 208.8 208.8

... is probably the first thing to grab with Frost.  It's the only cloak on Graylo's list that fits part-timer accessible gear.

After some thinking, I'm down to a ring or a helm.  Here's the comparison.  The order shouldn't matter too much; it's the same number of emblems (duh) no matter what I buy first.  Since I already have 43, the question is if I'd rather have neither for three days, max, or the ring for those three extra days and the helm later.

Ring gives me 58 Int, 39 Sta, 50 Spi, 50 Haste (1.52%), and 56 Spell Power over what I have now for 35 emblems.
The helm gives me 92 Int, 56 Sta, 313 Armor, 13 Crit (0.28%), 72 Hit (2.2%), 31 Spell Power, and 1 Socket over what I have now for 50 EoTs.

I'm tempted to go helm.  92x15 mana is nice, and that's 34x15 more mana than the ring.  Extra hit, a little crit, and armor is also nice.  Downside is minus 15 spell power and a little haste.  Yeah, I think I go helm (though I should've given idols more thought).

What a waste of time. Sheesh. How can this possibly be fun?! ;^)


Bill said...

Some alternatives (a bit less Hit, a bit more regen):

Moonshadow Armguards
Surgeon's Needle
Handbook of Obscure Remedies

ruffin said...

Argh. You had to complicate things! ;^)

The armguards look worth pursuing via LW, and the needle is enough to start running the Pit a bit. 30% isn't a bad rate, and I just bagged a decent off-hand item with spellpower.

The calculations never end. When I was level grinding I think I finally gave up and just kept grinding until 80. I should probably do the same with emblems at some point, and just pursue T9 and T10 as quickly as possible.